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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

  • 2020
  • Balbi S., Alvarez-Rodriguez U., Latora V., Antonioni A., Villa F. 2020. A game theory model to explore the role of cooperation and diversity in community food security: the case of Southern Malawi. Regional Environmental Change. 20. (2) DOI (10.1007/s10113-020-01642-5).
  • Capriolo A., Boschetto R.G., Mascolo R.A., Balbi S., Villa F. 2020. Biophysical and economic assessment of four ecosystem services for natural capital accounting in Italy. Ecosystem Services. 46. DOI (10.1016/j.ecoser.2020.101207).
  • 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) 44008-44008. DOI (10.1088/1748-9326/aafe43).
  • Barbosa A., Martín B., Hermoso V., Arévalo-Torres J., Barbière J., Martínez-López J., Domisch S., Langhans S.D., Balbi S., Villa F., Delacámara G., Teixeira H., Nogueira A.J.A., Lillebø A.I., 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., Kakouei K., Martínez-López J., Bagstad K.J., Magrach A., Balbi S., Villa F., Funk A., Hein T., Borgwardt F., Hermoso V., Jähnig S.C., Langhans S.D. 2019. Social equity shapes zone-selection: Balancing aquatic biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services delivery in the transboundaryDanube 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).
  • Langhans S.D., Domisch S., Balbi S., Delacámara G., Hermoso V., Kuemmerlen M., Martin R., Martínez-López J., Vermeiren P., Villa F., Jähnig S.C. 2019. Combining eight research areas to foster the uptake of ecosystem-based management in fresh waters. AQUATIC CONSERVATION-MARINE AND FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS. 29. (7) 1161-1173. DOI (10.1002/aqc.3012).
  • 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).
  • Willcock S., Hooftman D.A.P., Balbi S., Blanchard R., Dawson T.P., O’Farrell P.J., Hickler T., Hudson M.D., Lindeskog M., Martinez-Lopez J., Mulligan M., Reyers B., Shackleton C., Sitas N., Villa F., Watts S.M., Eigenbrod F., Bullock J.M. 2019. A Continental-Scale Validation of Ecosystem Service Models. ECOSYSTEMS. 22. (8) 1902-1917. DOI (10.1007/s10021-019-00380-y).
  • 2018
  • Dobbie S., Schreckenberg K., Dyke J.G., 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) DOI (10.18564/jasss.3639).
  • 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).
  • Signorello G., Prato C., Marzo A., Ientile R., Cucuzza G., Sciandrello S., Martínez-López J., Balbi S., Villa F. 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).
  • Willcock S., Martínez-López J., Hooftman D.A.P., Bagstad K.J., Balbi S., Marzo A., Prato C., Sciandrello S., Signorello G., Voigt B., Villa F., Bullock J.M., Athanasiadis I.N. 2018. Machine learning for ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services. 33. 165-174. DOI (10.1016/j.ecoser.2018.04.004).
  • 2017
  • Johnson P., Nicholls S., Student J., Amelung B., Baggio R., Balbi S., Boavida-Portugal I., de Jong E., Hofstede G.J., Lamers M., Pons M., Steiger R. 2017. Easing the adoption of agent-based modelling (ABM) in tourism research. Current Issues in Tourism. 20. (8) 801-808. DOI (10.1080/13683500.2016.1209165).
  • Villa, Ferdinando; Balbi, Stefano; Athanasiadis, Ioannis N., Caracciolo, Caterina. 2017. Semantics for interoperability of distributed data and models: Foundations for better-connected information. F1000research. 6 686-686. 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).
  • Balbi S., Villa F., Mojtahed V., Tessa Hegetschweiler K., Giupponi C. 2016. A spatial Bayesian network model to assess the benefits of early warning for urban flood risk to people. NATURAL HAZARDS AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES. 16. (6) 1323-1337. DOI (10.5194/nhess-16-1323-2016).
  • Bonzanigo L., Giupponi C., 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. 24. (4) 637-652. DOI (10.1080/09669582.2015.1122013).
  • Sun Z., Lorscheid I., Millington J.D., Lauf S., Magliocca N.R., Groeneveld J., Balbi S., Nolzen H., Müller B., Schulze J., Buchmann C.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
  • Balbi S., del Prado A., Gallejones P., Geevan C.P., Pardo G., Pérez-Miñana E., Manrique R., Hernandez-Santiago C., Villa F. 2015. Modeling trade-offs among ecosystem services in agricultural production systems. ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE. 72. 314-326. DOI (10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.12.017).
  • Balbi, Stefano; Giupponi, Carlo; Olschewski, Roland; Mojtahed, Vahid. 2015. The Total Cost of Water-Related Disasters. Review Of Economics. 66. (2) 225-249.
  • Gain A.K., Mojtahed V., Biscaro C., Balbi S., Giupponi C. 2015. An integrated approach of flood risk assessment in the eastern part of Dhaka City. NATURAL HAZARDS. 79. (3) 1499-1530. DOI (10.1007/s11069-015-1911-7).
  • 2014
  • Müller B., Balbi S., Buchmann C.M., de Sousa L., Dressler G., Groeneveld J., Klassert C.J., Le Q.B., Millington J.D.A., Nolzen H., Parker D.C., Polhill J.G., Schlüter M., Schulze J., Schwarz N., Sun Z., Taillandier P., Weise H. 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
  • Balbi S., Bhandari S., Gain A.K., Giupponi C. 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).

Book chapters

  • 2014
  • Giupponi, C., Mojtahed, V., Animesh,G., Biscaro, C., Balbi,S. 2014 Integrated Risk Assessment of Water Related Disasters. In: Paron,A., and Di Baldassare, G. In: Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Disasters. Uk. Elsevier. 312. ISBN 9780123948465.

Other Publications

  • 2021
  • Marquez,A., Balbi,S. and Villa, F. 2021. Scientific modelling can be accessible, interoperable and user friendly: An example for pasture and livestock modelling. BioRxiv. DOI (10.1101/2021.02.23.432363 ).
  • 2019
  • ALICE Improving the management of ATLANTIC LANDSCAPES: accounting for biodiversity and ecosystem services (2019).F. Villa, A. Marquez-Torres, S. Balbi (BC3).ECOSYSTEM SERVICES Fact Sheet. (Policy Brief). (http://project-alice.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/factsheet_ES_eng_compressed.pdf)
  • 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

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