I am currently a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Global Politics at LUISS,  where I teach the courses Population, Environment, and Sustainability as well as Global Justice.  I specialize in the ethics and politics of global climate change and of urban sustainability. I am the Scientific Coordinator of the “Waste No More” National Award, hosted annually at LUISS and dedicated to micro and macro innovation for sustainability.

I also teach courses on Business Ethics, Environmental Ethics, and Urban Sustainability at various American universities in Rome. On the side, I design and realize water-wise gardens all over Italy.  


LUISS University, Italy 

PhD – Political Theory

Date of Graduation: July 2010

Dissertation title: “Gardens of Consequence: a Philosophy of Urban Environmentalism”

Supervisors: Prof. Dale W. Jamieson (NYU); Prof. Sebastiano Maffettone (LUISS)

The London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom

MSc – Philosophy, Public Policy, and Social Value    (with Distinction)

Date of Graduation: October 2003

Dissertation title: “Asylum Seekers, Statist Arrangements, and Global Justice”.

Supervisor: Prof. Edward F. McClennen

University College Utrecht, the Netherlands  

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

Date of Graduation: July 2001

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


Graduate Courses

Fall 2010-present:               LUISS “Guido Carli” University, Rome (Italy)

  • Environmental Justice (PhD) - (Spring 2014, 2015)
  • Sustainable Development (MA) – (Fall 2011-Fall 2014)
  • Global Justice (MA) – (Fall 2011-present)
  • Climate Change: Ethics and Politics (PhD) – (Spring 2012)
  • Theories of Globalization (MA) – (Fall 2012 – Spring 2013)
  • Behavioral Economics (MA) – (Spring 2011-Fall 2013)
  • Distributive Justice (MA) – (Fall 2010)

Spring 2013-present:           University “Parthenope”, Naples (Italy)

  • Urban Landscapes and Technological Innovation (MA)

Undergraduate courses

Spring 2015-onwards            LUISS “Guido Carli” University, Rome (Italy)

  • Environment, Population, and Sustainability

Spring 2012-present:            CEA Rome Center (Italy)

  • Environment, Human Culture, and Sustainability – (Fall 2014-present)
  • Business Ethics & Management in a Global Context – (Spring 2012-present)
  • Metropolitan Landscapes, Sustainable Economies, and Innovation (Fall 2015)
  • Pain and Pleasure in Ancient Rome (Fall 2015)

Spring 2010-Fall 2011:          University College Utrecht (the Netherlands)

  • Political Theory
  • Modern Politics and Political Ideologies

Fall 2004 – Spring 2006:      Mediterranean Center for the Arts and Sciences, Siracusa  (Italy)

  • Plato’s Political Theory
  • Aristotle’s Political Theory
  • Plato’s Ethics
  • Aristotle’s Ethics




Gardens of Consequence: A Philosophy of Urban Environmentalism – Dordrecht: Springer (under contract) forthcoming June 2016

Cambiamento climatico: una piuccola introduzione – Rome: LUISS University Press 2015

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

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


Edited Journal Issues

“Why Global Cooperation Is Failing When We Need It Most: Symposium on David Held’s Gridlock” – ed. M. Di Paola, Philosophy and Public Issues, forthcoming November 2015.

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

“A Changing Moral Climate: Symposium on Stephen Gardiner’s A Perfect Moral Storm” – eds. M. Di Paola and G. Pellegrino, Philosophy and Public Issues, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2013



“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): 19-41

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

“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.

“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: 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.

“Globalizing Justice: A Multidimensional Approach – The Climatic Challenge to Global Justice”, with G. Pellegrino, Global Policy vol. 5 issue 1, 2014: 93-95

“Climate Change and Global Justice: New Problem, Old Paradigm?” – with Dale W. Jamieson,  Global Policy vol. 5, issue 1, 2014: 105-111

“Climate Change and Moral Corruption” Philosophy and Public Issues vol. 3 issue 1, 2013: 55-67

“Environmental Stewardship, Moral Psychology, and Gardens”, Environmental Values vol. 22, issue 4, 2013: 503-521

“The Dark Side of Sustainability: Avoiding and Shortening Lives in the Anthropocene”, with M. Garasic – Revue of Sustainability Studies vol. 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

“Globalizing Justice: A Multidimensional Approach – Economics: Indicators and Policy Implications”, with V. Gentile, Global Policy vol. 4, issue 3, 2013: 288-289

“Globalizing Justice: A Multidimensional Approach – Economics”, with V. Gentile, Global Policy vol. 4, issue 2, 2013: 196-197

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

Le virtù ambientali e il paradigma del giardino”, La società degli individui, n. 39, XIII, 2010/3.

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


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