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Stefano Balbi

Stefano Balbi

Short CV

Stefano Balbi – Master's in Environmental Economics and PhD in Sustainable Development – is a researcher in sustainability science and natural resources management. His work focuses on the modelling of coupled human-natural systems under global environmental change for the analysis of food security, natural disaster risk, tourism/recreation, and population mobility. To this end he combines different complexity-embracing methodologies such as agent-based modelling, social network analysis, multi-criteria analysis, and machine learning. Since 2013 he's actively involved in the management and development of the ARIES (ARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services) community and the k.LAB cyberinfrastructure, which integrates different modelling paradigms via semantic meta-modelling (www.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

  • 2019
  • Balbi S.; Selomane O.; Sitas N.; Blanchard R.; Kotzee I.; O'Farrell P.; Villa F. 2019. Human dependence on natural resources in rapidly urbanising South African regions. Environmental Research Letters. 14. (4) 044008. DOI (10.1088/1748-9326/aafe43).
  • Barbosa A, Martína B, Hermoso V, Juan Arévalo-Torres, Julian Barbière, Javier Martínez-LópezDomisch S, Langhans SD, Balbi S, Villa F, Delacámara G, Teixeira H, Nogueira AJA, Lillebø AI, Gil-Jiménez Y, McDonald H, Iglesias-Campos A. 2019. Cost-effective restoration and conservation planning in Green and Blue Infrastructure designs. A case study on the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean: Andalusia (Spain) – Morocco. Science of the Total Environment. 652. 1463-1473. DOI (10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.416).
  • Domisch, S., et al. . 2019. Social equity shapes zone-selection: Balancing aquatic biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services delivery in the trans-national Danube River Basin. Science of the Total Environment. 656. 797-807. DOI (10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.348).
  • Funk, A., Martínez-López, J., Borgwardt, F., Trauner, D., Bagstad, K.J., Balbi, S., Magrach, A., Villa, F., Hein, T. 2019. Identification of conservation and restoration priority areas in the Danube River based on the multi-functionality of river-floodplain systems. Science of the Total Environment. 654. 763-777. DOI (10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.322).
  • Martínez-López J., Bagstad K.J., Balbi S., Magrach A., Voigt B., Athanasiadis I., Pascual M., Willcock S., Villa F. 2019. Towards globally customizable ecosystem service models. Science of the Total Environment. 650. 2325-2336. DOI (10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.371).
  • Martínez-López J., Teixeira H., Morgado M., Almagro M., Sousa A.I., Villa F., Balbi S., Genua-Olmedo A., Nogueira A.J.A., Lillebø A.I. 2019. Participatory coastal management through elicitation of ecosystem service preferences and modelling driven by “coastal squeeze”. Science of the Total Environment. 652. 1113-1128. DOI (10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.309).
  • Simon Willcock, Danny A. P. Hooftman, Stefano Balbi, Ryan Blanchard, Terence P. Dawson, Patrick J. O’Farrell, Thomas Hickler, Malcolm D. Hudson, Mats Lindeskog, Javier Martinez-Lopez, Mark Mulligan, Belinda Reyers, Charlie Shackleton, Nadia Sitas, Ferdina. 2019. A Continental-Scale Validation of Ecosystem Service Models. ECOSYSTEMS. DOI (10.1007/s10021-019-00380-y).
  • Simone D. Langhans, Sami Domisch, Stefano Balbi, Gonzalo Delacamara, Virgilio Hermoso, Mathias Kuemmerlen, Romina Martin, Javier Martinez-Lopez, Peter Vermeiren, Ferdinando Villa, Sonja C. Jähnig. 2019. Combining eight research areas to foster the uptake of ecosystem?based management in fresh waters. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. DOI (10.1002/aqc.3012).
  • 2018
  • Dobbie, S., Schreckenberg, K., Dyke, J., Schaafsma, M., & Balbi, S. . 2018. Agent-based modelling to assess community food security and sustainable livelihoods. JASSS-THE JOURNAL OF ARTIFICIAL SOCIETIES AND SOCIAL SIMULATION. 21. (1) 1. DOI (10.18564/jasss.3639).
  • Giovanni Signorello, Carlo Prato, Alessia Marzo, Renzo Ientile, Giuseppe Cucuzza, Saverio Sciandrello, Javier Martínez-Lópezc, Stefano Balbi, Ferdinando Villa. 2018. Are protected areas covering important biodiversity sites? An assessment of the nature protection network in Sicily (Italy). LAND USE POLICY. 78. 593-602. DOI (10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.07.032).
  • Kolosz B.W., Athanasiadis I.N., Cadisch G., Dawson T.P., Giupponi C., Honzák M., Martinez-Lopez J., Marvuglia A., Mojtahed V., Ogutu K.B.Z., Van Delden H., Villa F., Balbi S. 2018. Conceptual advancement of socio-ecological modelling of ecosystem services for re-evaluating Brownfield land. Ecosystem Services. 33. 29-39. DOI (10.1016/j.ecoser.2018.08.003).
  • Willcock S.; Martínez López, Javier; Hooftman D.A.P.; Bagstad K.J.; Balbi, Stefano; Marzo A.; Prato C.; Sciandrello S.; Signorello G.; Voigt B.; Villa, Ferdinando; Bullock J.M.; Athanasiadis, Ioannis. 2018. Machine learning for ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services. 33. (Part B) 165-174. DOI (10.1016/j.ecoser.2018.04.004).
  • 2017
  • Villa,F., Balbi,S., Athanasiadis,I.N., Caracciolo, C. 2017. Semantics for interoperability of distributed data and models: Foundations for better-connected information. F1000Research. 6. 686. DOI (10.12688/f1000research.11638.1).
  • 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

  • 2017
  • S. Dobbie and S. Balbi. 2017. Design of an Empirical Agent-Based Model to Explore Rural Household Food Security Within a Developing Country Context. Simulating Social Complexity: A Handbook. Heidelberg. Springer. 978-3-540-93813-2. ISBN 978-3-540-93812-5.
  • 2014
  • Giupponi, C., Mojtahed, V., Animesh,G., Biscaro, C., Balbi,S. 2014. Integrated Risk Assessment of Water Related Disasters. Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Disasters. Uk. Elsevier. 312. ISBN 9780123948465. (http://store.elsevier.com/Hydro-Meteorological-Hazards-Risks-and-Disasters/isbn-9780123948465/).

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

  • 2018
  • A decade of ARIES: adapting ecosystem service models to decision making needs, presented at the ESP EU 2018, organized by Azti Teknalia, San Sebastian , Spain, Oct, 2018
  • 2017
  • Modelling beneficiaries in dynamic Ecosystem Services assessments, presented at the ICMaSS2017 International Conference on Materials and Systems for Sustainability, organized by Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, Sep, 2017
  • 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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