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Nicola is postdoctoral researcher at the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He is  interested in the uneven geographies and knowledges of urban socio-ecological good and bad, as well as in the nexus between science, state, and civil society as the place where these come to be established and contested. Thematically, his research focuses on air pollution and the urban forest.

Before joining VUB, Nicola worked with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on issues related to the urban environment, and cycled through Europe to explore and promote ecomobility practices. He also previously worked with different international institutions, local government associations, and NGOs in Western Europe, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nicola has PhD in Geography from the VUB, with a thesis on the geographies, knowledges and politics of air pollution. He also holds an MA in urban governance from Science Po, Paris, a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies of London (SOAS) and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Padua. Nicola is fluent in Italian, English, French, and Portuguese, and find his way in German and Dutch.

External positions

Sustainable Buildings & Cities Specialist, United Nations Environment Programme


Partnership Officer, United Nations Environment Programme



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