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.
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.