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Stefano Balbi We, as human race, are now facing, more than ever, the urgency of driving our resources to save our species, and research is one of the most powerful instruments to reach this purpose.
Research must be ethically driven, not at all for the sake of curiosity, but by the aspiration of finding the ways to deal with the complex problems that surround us.
Research must be morally driven by the idea of serving the present and the future generations to let them live in a healthy and equitable world. Curiosity is no longer enough.



Short CV

Stefano Balbi is a researcher in sustainability science and ecological economics with focus on coupled human-natural systems, food security, natural hazards and tourism. To this end he applies complexity embracing methodologies as agent-based modelling and semantic meta-modelling. He's actively involved in the management and development of the ARIES (ARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services) community and the k.LAB cyberinfrastructure (http://aries.integratedmodelling.org).

Holds a set of diverse skills in cooperation, policy making and research which were developed within international organizations and in the academia.

Work experiences include the United Nations Developed Program as Energy and Environment Specialist, the DG Environment of the European Commission (EC), the Alpine Convention as country representative for the fourth report on the State of the Alps, the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC).

Contributed to research projects funded by the EC Alpine Space Programme (ClimAlpTour), the EC Seventh Framework Programme (KULTURisk), the Lombardy Region (FIUMI), the UK-NERC ESPA (ASSETS) and the EC H2020 Programme (AQUACROSS).

Studied and worked in Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Brussels, Australia and Spain.

Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management at the University of Padua, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Economics at the University of Trento and a PhD in Analysis and Governance of Sustainable Development at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, where he is honorary fellow in environmental economics.

Journal Articles

  • 2016
  • Amelung,B., Student,J., Nicholls,S., Lamers,M., Baggio,R., Boavida-Portugal,I., Johnson,P., de Jong,E., Hofstede,G.J., Pons,M., Steiger,R., Balbi, S. 2016. The value of agent-based modelling for assessing tourism–environment interactions in the Anthropocene. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 23. 46-53. DOI (10.1016/j.cosust.2016.11.015).
  • Bonzanigoa,L., Giupponi, C. and Balbi, S. 2016. Sustainable tourism planning and climate change adaptation in the Alps: a case study of winter tourism in mountain communities in the Dolomites. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 0. (0) 1-16. DOI (10.1080/09669582.2015.1122013).
  • Johnson,P., Nicholls, S., Student,J., Amelung, B., Baggio, R., Balbi,S., Boavida-Portugal, I., Jong,E., Hofstede,G.J., Lamers,M., Pons, M., Steigerm, R. 2016. Easing the adoption of agent-based modelling (ABM) in tourism research. Current Issues in Tourism. DOI (10.1080/13683500.2016.1209165).
  • Sun, Zhanli; Lorscheid, Iris; Millington, James D.; Lauf, Steffen; Magliocca, Nicholas R.; Groeneveld, Jürgen; Balbi, Stefano; Nolzen, Henning; Müller, Birgit; Schulze, Jule; Buchmann, Carsten M. 2016. Simple or complicated agent-based models? A complicated issue. Environmental Modelling & Software. 86. 56-67. DOI (10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.09.006).
  • 2015
  • Animesh K. Gain, Vahid Mojtahed, Claudio Biscaro, Stefano Balbi, Carlo Giupponi . 2015. An integrated approach of flood risk assessment in the eastern part of Dhaka City . NATURAL HAZARDS. DOI (10.1007/s11069-015-1911-7).
  • Balbi, S., Del Prado,A., Gallejones, P., Geevan, C.P., Pardo,G., Pérez-Miñana, E. , Manrique , R., Hernandez-Santiago, C. and Villa, F. . 2015. Modeling trade-offs among ecosystem services in agricultural production systems. Environmental Modelling and Software. 72. 314-326. DOI (10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.12.017).
  • Balbi, S., Giupponi, C., Olschewski, R., Mojtahed, V. 2015. The Total Cost of Water-Related Disasters. Review of Economics. 66. (2) 225-249.
  • Balbi, S., Villa, F., Mojtahed, V., Hegetschweiler, K. T., and Giupponi, C. 2015. A spatial Bayesian network model to assess the benefits of early warning for urban flood risk to people. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. 3. (10) 6615-6649. DOI (10.5194/nhessd-3-6615-2015).
  • 2014
  • Birgit Müller, Stefano Balbi, Carsten M. Buchmann, Luí­s de Sousa, Gunnar Dressler, Jürgen Groeneveld, Christian J. Klassert , Quang Bao Le, James D.A. Millington, Henning Nolzen, Dawn C. Parkeri, J. Gary Polhill, Maja Schlüter, Jule Schulze, et al. 2014. Standardised and transparent model descriptions for agent-based models: Current status and prospects. Environmental Modelling & Software. 55. 156 - 163. DOI (10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.01.029).
  • Villa, F., Bagstad, K.J., Voigt, B., Johnson, G.W., Athanasiadis, I.N., Balbi, S. 2014. The misconception of ecosystem disservices: How a catchy term may yield the wrong messages for science and society. Ecosystem Services. 10. 52-53. DOI (10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.09.003).
  • 2013
  • Stefano Balbi, Carlo Giupponi, Pascal Perez, Marco Alberti. 2013. A spatial agent-based model for assessing strategies of adaptation to climate and tourism demand changes in an alpine tourism destination. Environmental Modelling & Software . 45. 29–51. DOI (10.1016/j.envsoft.2012.10.004).
  • Stefano Balbi, Sabindra Bhandari, Animesh K. Gain, Carlo Giupponi . 2013. Multi-agent agro-economic simulation of irrigation water demand with climate services for climate change adaptation. Italian Journal of Agronomy. 8. (3) 175 - 185. DOI (10.4081/ija.2013.e23).
  • 2010
  • Stefano Balbi, Carlo Giupponi. 2010. Agent-Based Modelling of Socio-Ecosystems: A Methodology for the Analysis of Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability. International Journal of Agent Technologies and Systems (IJATS). DOI (10.4018/jats.2010100103).

Books and Specials

  • 2013
  • Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention. 2013. Sustainable tourism in the Alps: Report on the State of the Alps. Innsbruck. Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention. ISBN 9788897500148.
  • 2011
  • Stefano Balbi, Carlo Giupponi, Laura Bonzanigo. 2011. Climate Change and Its Impacts on Tourism in the Alps: the pilot area of Auronzo di Cadore (Belluno). Lecce. Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC). ISBN 978-88-97666-01-1.

Book chapters

Other Publications

  • 2013
  • Carlo Giupponi, Vahid Mojtahed, Animesh K. Gain, Stefano Balbi. 2013. Integrated Assessment of Natural Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation: I. The KULTURisk Methodological Framework. 13.
  • Vahid Mojtahed, Carlo Giupponi, Claudio Biscaro, Animesh K. Gain, Stefano Balbi. 2013. Integrated Assessment of Natural Hazards and Climate-Change Adaptation: II. The SERRA Methodology.

BC3 Working Papers & Policy Briefings

Conference Proceedings

  • 2016
  • On Modelling Cultural Ecosystem Services, presented at the Understanding multiscale linkages in ecosystem services assessment using ARIES platform, organized by ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov, 2016
  • Integrating human agency and ecosystem services: an ABM perspective on food, presented at the 8th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, organized by The International Environmental Modelling & Software Society, Toulouse, France, Jul, 2016
  • 2015
  • Integrating models of ecosystem services to estimate trade-offs in agro-forestry, presented at the 8th Ecosystem Services Partnership World Conference, organized by Ecosystem Services Partnership , Stellenbosch, South Africa, Nov, 2015
  • Incorporating biophysical model output into economic models, presented at the International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE2015), organized by University of Milan, Milan, Italy, Aug, 2015
  • 2014
  • Modelling trade-offs among ecosystem services in agricultural systems, presented at the biannual conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, organized by University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, Aug, 2014
  • Socio-Economic Regional Risk Assessment (SERRA) application to flood risk in the Vipacco Basin (north-east Italy)., De Luca, C., Mojtahed, V., Gain, A., Balbi, S., Ferri, M., & Giupponi, C. , presented at the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs), organized by Environmental Modelling and Software Society, San Diego, United States, Jun, 2014 .DOI
  • An Integrated Approach for Including Social Capacities, and Economic Valuation in Risk Assessment of Water Related Hazards in Uncertain Scenarios., Giupponi, C., Mojtahed, V., Gain, A. K., Balbi, S., & Biscaro, C. , presented at the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs), organized by Environmental Modelling and Software Society, San Diego, Spain, Jun, 2014 .DOI
  • Estimating the benefits of early warning systems in reducing urban flood risk to people: a spatially explicit Bayesian model, Stefano Balbi, Ferdinando Villa, Vahid Mojthaed, Carlo Giupponi, presented at the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs), organized by Environmental Modelling and Software Society , San Diego, United States, Jun, 2014 .DOI
  • 2013
  • Conceptual integration of approaches between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction: operational solution to flood risk assessment, presented at the Water in the Anthropocene, May 21-24, Bonn, Germany. , organized by Water in the Anthropocene, May 21-24, Bonn, Germany., May, 2013
  • The socio-economic dimension of flood risk assessment: insights of KULTURisk framework, presented at the The General Assembly 2013 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, 7-12 April 2013., organized by EGU 2013. The General Assembly 2013 of the European Geosciences Union. 7-12 April 2013. Austria, Vienna, Apr, 2013
  • Local development and climate change adaptation in the Alps: a case study on sustainable winter tourism in the Dolomites, presented at the The First European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA2013), organized by ECCA - 1st European Climate Change Adaptation Conference. 18-20 March 2013. Hamburg, Germany., Mar, 2013
  • Multi-agent integrated agro-economic simulation of irrigation water demand with climate services for adaptation and water saving, presented at the The First European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA2013), organized by ECCA - 1st European Climate Change Adaptation Conference. 18-20 March 2013. Hamburg, Germany., Mar, 2013
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for a Heavily Modified Water Body (HMWB): the Lambro-Seveso-Olona system case study., presented at the 3rd International IWA Conference on Water Economics, Statistics and Finance, organized by 3rd IWA International Conference on Water Economics, Statistics, and Finance. 24-26 April 2013. Marbella, Spain., Mar, 2013
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