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 | 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
Project offers inhabitants of Stockholm the chance to map their favourite and least favourite areas of the city
Research news | 2015-02-10
Children who spend more time in nature show a better understanding of both natural resources and environmental degradation
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...