Areas of Expertise: Global Risk and Resilience
Davide is an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist. He studies complex social-ecological systems, systemic risk, and sustainable development, with specific focus on environmental security and conflict. He implements both quantitative (eg computer simulation) and qualitative (eg multi-stakeholder engagement) methods in his projects.
Davide joined the Global Risk and Resilience theme of the Global Sustainability Institute as PhD researcher in 2013 working on the Global Resource Observatory Project, where he developed an agent-based model to simulate how scarcity of natural resources, prices and political fragility can trigger conflict around the world. The model is used to test the possible consequences of future food and fuel production shocks in terms of food and fuel riots. Meanwhile, Davide was Research Assistant on the UK-US Taskforce on the Impact of Extreme Weather on US/UK Food Security which was sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Davide is a permanent member of academic staff and co-leads the Global Risk and Resilience theme with Dr Zareen Bharucha.
Davide has also been involved in science communication activities and collaborations between arts and science as part of the Pint of Science festival in Cambridge and in collaborations with Cambridge School of Art and a group of artists from the Cambridge e:collective.
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Davide is currently leading one of the work packages of the EU H2020 MEDEAS project, which is aimed at simulating policies for the transition to a decarbonised energy system in EU by 2050. His role on the project involves the development of a 2050 decarbonisation scenario (quantitatively and qualitatively); models’ cross-comparison; qualitative and quantitative analysis of the outputs and validation of the models; support colleagues in undertaking semi-structured interviews with energy experts, academics and policy-makers and implementing knowledge in the models’ runs.
Davide is also co-leading the ‘Chaos Map’ project, which will highlight global pressure points for ‘chaos’, measured by a wealth of data points on conflict events attributed to scarcity of natural resources and environmental causes. Davide co-leads the project with Prof Aled Jones and brings his expertise in environmental security and conflict.
More broadly, Davide’s research interests revolve around three main research streams:
Davide is happy to supervise students who would like to write their dissertation on the following topics, using either quantitative or qualitative approaches.
Davide lectures on our MSc Sustainability and has led the System Pressures module since 2018. He lectures on Synchronous Failures, resilience of complex social-ecological systems and computer modelling using an ‘active learning’ approach. Davide regularly provides guest lectures on short courses such as the biannual INDO-UK Management Development Program on “CSR, Sustainability & Sustainable Development – National & Global Perspectives” Co-organised with the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and he teaches on the European Social Simulation Association summer school.
September 2020, Awarded £10k from Anglia Ruskin University GCRF QR fund as Co-I to undertake project ‘Investigating heritage-led resilience to conflict, scarcity and climate change with Syrian refugees in Jordan’ in collaboration with University of Petra.
December 2019, Awarded ~€28k from Lorentz centre to organise workshop (June 2020) on ‘Participatory modelling of Social-Ecological Systems across scales’. These workshops are very prestigious and productive (funding applications, papers).
December 2019, Awarded ~£116k for 2 fully-funded PhD studentships. Projects are titled:
- New approaches to participatory development for social-ecological resilience: A case study from Garhwal, North-West India (Second supervisor)
- Investigating the resilience potential of heritage in response to climate change-led conflict in UK-based refugees from developing contexts (Third supervisor)
July 2019, Granted £14k from University of Sussex International Development Studies to collaborate on ‘Demanding power: struggles over energy access in fragile settings’, part of a DFID-funded programme.
May 2019, Granted £10k from philanthropist to lead ‘Tax/dividend and trading scheme comparison project’.
February 2018, ~£25k internal ARU funding to set up and run ‘Global Chaos Map’ project to collect global database of environmental conflict, commentaries on case studies and interactive website.
June 2018, ~£7k at ARU sandpit on resilience to set up and run project ‘Community Resilience in the Fens: Exploring multigenerational and multicultural perspectives’.