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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 Environment and Sustainability) project and the k.LAB cyberinfrastructure, which integrates different modelling paradigms via semantic meta-modelling.

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

  • 2024
  • Cunha, J., Cabecinha, E., Villasante, S., Gonçalves, J.A., Balbi, S., Elliott, M., Ramos, S. 2024. Quantifying the role of saltmarsh as a vulnerable carbon sink: A case study from Northern Portugal. Science of the Total Environment. 923. DOI (10.1016/j.scitotenv.2024.171443).
  • 2023
  • Boschetto, R.G., Capriolo, A., Mascolo, R.A., Arrigotti, J., Racevich, S., Bulckaen, A., Balbi, S., Villa, F. 2023. Analysis of Changes over Time in Four Provisioning Ecosystem Services in Italy. Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management. 11. (1) 91-114. DOI (10.5890/JEAM.2023.03.007).
  • Cunha, J., Cabecinha, E., Villasante, S., Balbi, S., Elliott, M., Ramos, S. 2023. Defining hotspots and coldspots of regulating and maintenance ecosystem services is key to effective marine management – An assessment of a coastal-open sea gradient, Portugal. Ocean and Coastal Management. 245. DOI (10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2023.106876).
  • Giménez-García, A., Allen-Perkins, A., Bartomeus, I., Balbi, S., Knapp, J.L., Hevia, V., Woodcock, B.A., Smagghe, G., Miñarro, M., Eeraerts, M., Colville, J.F., Hipólito, J., Cavigliasso, P., Nates-Parra, G., Herrera, J.M., Cusser, S., Simmons, B.I., Wolters, V., Jha, S., Freitas, B.M., Horgan, F.G., Artz, D.R., Sidhu, C.S., Otieno, M., Boreux, V., Biddinger, D.J., Klein, A.M., Joshi, N.K., Stewart, R.I.A., Albrecht, M., Nicholson, C.C., O'Reilly, A.D., Crowder, D.W., Burns, K.L.W., Nabaes Jodar, D.N., Garibaldi, L.A., Sutter, L., Dupont, Y.L., Dalsgaard, B., Da Encarnação Coutinho, J.G., Lázaro, A., Andersson, G.K.S., Raine, N.E., Krishnan, S., Dainese, M., Van Der Werf, W., Smith, H.G., Magrach, A. 2023. Pollination supply models from a local to global scale. Web Ecology. 23. (2) 99-129. DOI (10.5194/we-23-99-2023).
  • Marquez Torres, A., Signorello, G., Kumar, S., Adamo, G., Villa, F., Balbi, S. 2023. Fire risk modeling: An integrated and data-driven approach applied to Sicily. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. 23. (9) 2937-2959. DOI (10.5194/nhess-23-2937-2023).
  • Oddi, F.J., Torres, A.M., Pompeu, J.A., Magrach, A., Balbi, S., Villa, F., Garibaldi, L.A. 2023. Platforms for ecosystem services modeling: An applied example to the northern Patagonia. Ecologia Austral. 33. (3) 894-908. DOI (10.25260/EA.
  • Ruiz, I., Pompeu, J., Ruano, A., Franco, P., Balbi, S., Sanz, M.J. 2023. Combined artificial intelligence, sustainable land management, and stakeholder engagement for integrated landscape management in Mediterranean watersheds. Environmental Science and Policy. 145. 217-227. DOI (10.1016/j.envsci.2023.04.011).
  • Torres, A.M., Balbi, S., Villa, F. 2023. Scientific modelling can be accessible, interoperable and user friendly: A case study for pasture and livestock modelling in Spain. PLoS ONE. 18. (2 February) DOI (10.1371/journal.pone.0281348).
  • 2022
  • Balbi, S., Bagstad, K.J., Magrach, A., Sanz, M.J., Aguilar-Amuchastegui, N., Giupponi, C., Villa, F. 2022. The global environmental agenda urgently needs a semantic web of knowledge. Environmental Evidence. 11. (1) DOI (10.1186/s13750-022-00258-y).
  • Capriolo, A., Boschetto, R.G., Mascolo, R.A., Balbi, S., Villa, F. 2022. Corrigendum to “Biophysical and economic assessment of four ecosystem services for natural capital accounting in Italy” [Ecosyst. Serv. 46 (2020) 101207] (Ecosystem Services (2020) 46, (S2212041620301492), (10.1016/j.ecoser.2020.101207)). Ecosystem Services. 55. DOI (10.1016/j.ecoser.2022.101428).
  • Capriolo, A., Boschetto, R.G., Mascolo, R.A., Bulckaen, A., Balbi, S., Villla, F. 2022. How regulating and cultural services of ecosystems have changed over time in Italy. One Ecosystem. 7 DOI (10.3897/ONEECO.7.E83214).
  • Thomas, H., Gaetan, P., Roberta, R., Hugues, B., Jacques, B., Xavier, P., Jean-Baptiste, N., Manuel, A.M.J., Stefano, B., Cendrine, M., Lucie, L., Johanna, B., José, B. 2022. European blue and green infrastructure network strategy vs. the common agricultural policy. Insights from an integrated case study (Couesnon, Brittany). Land Use Policy. 120. DOI (10.1016/j.landusepol.2022.106277).
  • 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) 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. 1463-1473-1473. 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. 797-807-807. 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. 763-777-777. 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) 1161-1173-1173. 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. 2325-2336-2336. 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. 1113-1128-1128. 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) 1902-1917-1917. 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. 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. 29-39-39. 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. 593-602-602. 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. 165-174-174. DOI (10.1016/j.ecoser.2018.04.004).
  • 2017
  • Dobbie, S., Balbi, S. 2017. Design of an empirical agent-based model to explore rural household food security within a developing country context. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. 528. 81-94. DOI (10.1007/978-3-319-47253-9_7).
  • 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) 801-808-808. 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. 46-53-53. 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) 1323-1337-1337. 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) 637-652-652. 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 and Software. 86. 56-67-67. 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 and Software. 72. 314-326-326. 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) 1499-1530-1530. DOI (10.1007/s11069-015-1911-7).
  • 2014
  • Balbi, S., Villa, F., Mojthaed, V., Giupponi, C. 2014. Estimating the benefits of early warning systems in reducing urban flood risk to people: A spatially explicit Bayesian model. Proceedings - 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software: Bold Visions for Environmental Modeling, iEMSs 2014. 4 2014-2021.
  • De Luca, C., Mojtahed, V., Gain, A., Balbi, S., Ferri, M., Giupponi, C. 2014. Socio-Economic Regional Risk Assessment (SERRA) application to flood risk in the Vipacco basin (north-east Italy). Proceedings - 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software: Bold Visions for Environmental Modeling, iEMSs 2014. 2 766-773.
  • Giupponi, C., Mojtahed, V., Gain, A.K., Balbi, S., Biscaro, C. 2014. An integrated approach for including social capacities, and economic valuation in risk assessment of water related hazards in uncertain scenarios. Proceedings - 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software: Bold Visions for Environmental Modeling, iEMSs 2014. 4 1929-1936.
  • 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 and Software. 55. 156-163-163. 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. 52-53-53. 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) 175-185-185. 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

  • 2023
  • 2023. Forced Displacement Exposes Gaps in Climate Migration Responses.
  • Anju Anna John, Stefano Balbi. 2023. Leave No One Behind: We Need a Rights-Based Approach to Climate Displacement. Common Dreams.
  • 2022
  • 2022. Nature restoration as a driver for resilient food systems. IEEP.
  • 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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