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 (BA – PPE) as well as Global Justice(MA – IR). I also teach Business Ethics, Environmental Ethics and Urban Sustainability at various American Universities in Rome. My area of specialization is the ethics and politics of global climate change. On the side, I design water-wise garden 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, forthcoming June 2016

Climate Change and Human Rights – ed. M. Di Paola and D. Kamal – London: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming November 2015

Cambiamento climatico: una piccola introduzione – Rome: LUISS University Press, forthcoming November 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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