Research and Teaching Fellow, Political Philosophy and Sustainability, LUISS University, Rome

Research and Teaching Fellow, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Loyola University of Chicago JFRC




 Giardini GlobaliCambiamento ClimaticoSpringerPlant EthicsCanned HeatCC and Human RightsNell'Antropocenedownload                                     ACADEMIC HISTORY

2016-2018 – Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna.

FWF Project “New Directions In Plant Ethics”.

2013-2015 – Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political Sciences, Center for Ethics and Global Politics, LUISS University Rome.

2007-2010 – PhD  Political Theory

LUISS University Rome, Italy

Supervisors: Prof. Sebastiano Maffettone (LUISS); Prof. Dale W. Jamieson (New York University)

2008-2009 – Visiting Early Career Scholar, Center for Bioethics and Department of Philosophy,  New York University, USA.

2002-2003 – MSc  Philosophy, Public Policy, and Social Value

The London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom (with Distinction)

Supervisor: Prof. Edward F. McClennen

1998-2001 – BA Social Sciences (AOC: Anthropology, Political Science, Economics)

University College Utrecht, the Netherlands

Referees: Prof. Frans van Waarden; Dr. Francesco Maiolo



Graduate Courses

LUISS University, Rome (Italy)

Global Justice (MA, 2011- present)

Theories of Globalization (MA, 2011-2013)

Environmental Justice (PhD, 2015-2016)

Undergraduate Courses

              University of Vienna (Austria)

Environmental Ethics (2018)

Theories of Justice (2017)

           LUISS University, Rome (Italy)

Environment, Population, and Sustainability  (2011- present)

Global Sustainability (2017-present)

Loyola University of Chicago JFRC (Italy)

The Scientific Bases of Environmental Issues (2018-present)

Ecology of the Mediterranean (2018-present)

Environmental Justice (2018-present)

CEA Rome Center (Italy)

Business Ethics and Management in a Global Context (2012-present)

Environment, Human Culture, and Sustainability (2014- present)

Urban Landscapes, Sustainable Economies, and Innovation (2016- present)

Pain and Pleasure in Ancient Rome (2015-present)

University College Utrecht (the Netherlands)

Political Theory (2010-2011)

Modern Politics and Political Ideologies (2010-2011)



  Books (English)

Plant Ethics: Concepts and Applications, eds. A. Kallhoff, M. Di Paola, M. Schorgenhumer – London: Routledge, 2018

Ethics and Politics of the Built Environment: Gardens of the Anthropocene – London & New York: Springer International GA, 2017

Climate Change and Human Rights, eds. M. Di Paola, D. Kamal – Global Policy e-book Series 2015   –

Canned Heat: Ethics and Politics of Global Climate Change – eds. M. Di Paola, G. Pellegrino – Delhi: Routledge, 2014

  Books (Italian)

Etica e politica delle piante, with G. Pellegrino – Roma: Derive e Approdi, 2018

Nell’Antropocene: etica e politica alla fine di un mondo, with G. PellegrinoRoma: Derive e Approdi, 2018

Cambiamento climatico: una piccola introduzione – Roma: LUISS University Press, 2015

Giardini Globali: una filosofia dell’ambientalismo urbano – Roma: LUISS University Press, 2012

  Books (forthcoming)

The Global Environment: Ethical and Political Issues – London: Routledge, 2021 (under contract)

Handbook on the Philosophy of Climate Change – eds. M. Di Paola and G. Pellegrino – London & New York: Springer International GA, 2022 (under contract)       

  Main Articles

“Climate Change, Liberalism, and the Public/Private Distinction”, with D.W. Jamieson, in Philosophy and Climate Change, eds. T. McPherson, M. Bodulfson, D. Plunkett – New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019

“Climate Change and the Challenges to Democracy”, with D. W. Jamieson, University of Miami Law Review, 72 (2), 2018: 369-424

“Virtue”, Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, vol. 4, eds. D. DellaSala, M. Goldstein – Elsevier, 2018: 119-126

“Political Theory for the Anthropocene”, with D.W. Jamieson, in Global Political Theory, eds. David J. Held and P. Maffettone – Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016: 254-280

“When Ethics and Aesthetics are One and the Same: A Wittgensteinian Perspective on Natural Value”, Journal for the Study of Nature, Religion, and Culture 1 (9), 2015: 19-41

“Virtues for the Anthropocene”, Environmental Values 24 (2), 2015: 183-207

“Climate Change and Global Justice: New Problem, Old Paradigm?”, with D.W. Jamieson,  Global Policy 5 (1), 2014: 105-111

“Environmental Stewardship, Moral Psychology, and Gardens”, Environmental Values 22 (4), 2013: 503-521

  Other Articles

“La terra re-inventata. Etica dell’ambiente ed Antropocene”, with G. Pellegrino, Semestrale di Studi e Ricerche di Geografia 3(2), 2018: 85-102.

“Dominio e governo del pianeta”, Gnosis 3, 2018: 21-29.

“Agency in the Anthropocene”, in Urban Oasis, ed. M. Jeschaunig, 2018: 81-87. Berlin: Kerber.

“If Democracy is to Survive It will Have to Resist Internal Populism and Embrace External Cooperation”, with D.W. Jamieson, in The Quito Papers and the New Urban Agenda, eds. F. Decorte and A. Rudd, United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) and New York University – New York: Routledge, 2018: 42-47.

“Etica dell’ambiente e valore della natura”, with G. Pellegrino, Siculorum Gymnasium 30(3), 2017: 31-75.

“Cosmopolitanism in a Gridlocked World”, with P. Maffettone, Philosophy and Public Issues 6 (3), 2016: 3-14.

“Klimawandel und globale Gerechtigkeit: Neues Problem, altes Paradigma?”, with Dale W. Jamieson, in Klimagerechtigkeit und Klimaethik, ed. Angela Kallhoff – Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015: 23-27

“Climate Governance as Human Rights Protection”, with D. Kamal, in Climate Change and Human Rights – Global Policy e-book Series, 2015

“Climate Change: Who Does What, Why, and How”, in Canned Heat: Ethics and Politics of Global Climate Change, eds. M. Di Paola and G. Pellegrino – Delhi: Routledge Publishing, 2014: 144-159

“Causes and Blame: A Pragmatic Analysis”, with D. Santoro, in New Advances in Causation, Agency, and Moral Responsibility, eds. F. Baccini, M. Dell’Utri, S. Caputo – Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014: 106-120

“Climate Change and Moral Corruption” Philosophy and Public Issues 3 (1), 2013: 55-67

“The Dark Side of Sustainability: Avoiding and Shortening Lives in the Anthropocene”, with M. Garasic – Revue of Sustainability Studies 2, 2013: 59-81

“L’etica all’epoca dell’uomo”, with S. Maffettone, in Antropocene: modifiche naturali e antropiche del fragile equilibrio della Terra. Atti dei Convegni Lincei 278, Roma: Scienze e Lettere Editore, 2013: 105-124

“Sospensione riproduttiva temporanea: etica delle popolazioni e cambiamento climatico”, with G. Pellegrino, Iride XXV (65), 2012/1: 57-76.

“Le virtù ambientali e il paradigma del giardino”, La società degli individui, XIII (39), 2010/3: 61-76

“The Scapegoat Theory of Causality”, Reduction and Elimination in Philosophy and the Sciences, eds. A. Hieke and H. Leitgeb – Proceedings of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, XVI, 2008 – available at

Guest-edited Journal Issues

“Why Global Cooperation Is Failing When We Need It Most: Symposium on David Held’s Gridlock” – eds. M. Di Paola and P. Maffettone, Philosophy and Public Issues 6 (3), 2016

“Globalizing Justice: A Multidimensional Approach” – eds. M. Di Paola and V. Gentile, Global Policy 4 (3-5) 2013 and 5 (1) 2014

“A Changing Moral Climate: Symposium on Stephen Gardiner’s A Perfect Moral Storm” – eds. M. Di Paola and G. Pellegrino, Philosophy and Public Issues 3 (1), 2013


                                                 PROJECTS AND MANAGEMENT

Minima Urbania – Founder and President

An observatory on the role of plants for urban sustainability and resilience.

RIDAJE – Founder

A social business devoted to social inclusion of homeless individuals through training and work in urban gardening.

LUISS “Waste No More” Sustainability Award – Scientific Coordinator (2013-2018)

TEDxLUISS – Organizer and Head of Sustainability Committee (2015)

Speaker  –

CEA Studyabroad Rome Center – Academic Dean (2012-2014)

Head of curriculum development; Head of faculty; academic quality and integrity; institutional relations

Vivai Cuba Succulents Nursery (Siracusa, Italy) – Head of International Development (2007-present)

      Recently organized academic events:

“New Directions In Plant Ethics”, conference panel with A. Kallhoff and M. Schorgenhumer, European Society for Food and Agricultural Ethics (EurSafe) International congress “Professionals in the Foodchain”, University of Veterinarian Science Vienna, June 13, 2018

“Plants, Robots, and Sustainable Agriculture”, workshop, LUISS University Rome, April 19, 2018

“All Tomorrow’s Climates: Philosophy Meets Social Sciences”, international conference, LUISS University Rome, June 5-6, 2017

“The Future of Natural Heritage”, international conference, University of Vienna, June 1, 2017

“Garden Ethics”, international workshop, University of Vienna, May 18, 2017

“Plants and Robots”, international workshop, University of Vienna, November 11, 2016

       Recent Conferences and Invited Lectures/Talks

“EcoSaperi”, invited lecture at the Department of Humanities at the University of Catania (IT), December 21, 2018

“Il mondo infine”, roundtable at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome (IT), December 16, 2018

“Nell’Antropocene”, roundtable at the Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Roma (IT), October 16, 2018

“Garden Ethics”, invited lecture for the course “Environmental Ethics” at the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University (US), October 3, 2018

Roundtable on Agriculture As/In the Environment, organized by the Program in Law and Philosophy of the University of Illinois at The Land Institute at Salina, Kansas (US), September 28-30, 2018

Alpbach European Forum, Political Symposium, August 25-28, 2018

“Plant Ethics”, panel, international conference on “Utility, Progress and Technology”, International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, June 25, 2018

“Legitimacy and the Governance of Accelerated Changes: Environment, Business, and Technology”, international conference on “Legitimacy”, Association for Social and Political Philosophy, Rome June 21, 2018

“Sustainable Agriculture”, invited lecture for the Seattle Pacific University Rome Business Program, April 11, 2018

“Governing the Anthropocene”, keynote at the opening ceremony of  the Model United Nations at Genoa (IT), February 22, 2018

Roundtable on Rights, organized by the Program in Law and Philosophy of the University of Illinois at the University of Cambridge (UK), November 17-18, 2017