Matteo researches the relationship between sustainable ecological and psychological systems. His PhD in Sustainability Science, preliminary titled “Nature Routines: From sustainable cities to sustainable human habits,” addresses a design of urban nature that not only focuses on functional or technological sustainability, but also motivates the cognitive and emotional foundation of biosphere stewardship.
He is supervised by Stephan Barthel, researcher at the University of Gävle, and Lars Marcus, professor in architecture at Chalmers University. At the Stockholm Resilience Centre, he am affiliated with the Urban Social-Ecological theme, and he privately nourishes collaborations with architecture firms and planning offices.
Matteo obtained a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Verona in 2007, and a MSc through the programme “Ecosystems, Governance and Globalisation” from the Stockholm Resilience Centre in 2012. He obtained a PhLic degree in Sustainability Science from the Stockholm Resilience Centre (2016).
Outside of academia, Matteo enjoys any active outdoor activities, especially those that involve bicycles or beautiful natural sceneries. He’s a professional eater and an amateur cook.
Ulrika Svane, MSc candidate
Research news | 2017-05-30
Emerging research on people’s attachment to places can unlock capacity to better deal with change
Research news | 2017-05-28
Researchers call for a new ”embodied scientific realism” where connections between mind, body and nature are better accounted for
Research news | 2016-11-01
Why future urban design must include cognitive and emotional experiences from inhabitants, not just focus on functionality
Research news | 2015-09-21
2017 - Journal / article
To develop and apply goals for future sustainability, we must consider what people care about and what motivates them to engage in solving sustainability issues. Sense of place theory and methods provide a rich source of insights that, like the social-ecological systems perspective, assume an interconnected social and biophysical reality. However, these fields of research are only recently beginning to converge, and we see gr...
2017 - Journal / article
Despite arguments justifying the need to consider how cultural ecosystem services are co-produced by humans and nature, there are currently few approaches for explaining the relationships between humans and ecosystems through embodied scientific realism. This realism recognises that human-environment connections are not solely produced in the mind, but through relations among mind, body, culture and environment in time. Using ...
2016 - Journal / article
Post-industrial societies impose new ecological challenges on urbanism. However, it is argued here that most approaches to sustainable urbanism still share the conception of the humans-environment relations that characterized modernism. The paper finds support in recent knowledge developments in social-ecological sustainability, spatial analysis and cognitive science to initiate a dialogue for an alternative framework. Urban f...
2014 - Journal / article
Do nature-deficit routines undermine affinity with the biosphere? We assessed social-ecological features in Stockholm that afford nature experiences and analyzed the accessibility of these natural areas to preschools. We then selected preschools with contrasting accessibilities. The nature routines resulting from differing outdoor possibilities in preschool life were investigated in relation to children's affinity with the bio...