Mario Giampietro

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Engineering Sciences

Mario Giampietro was born in Italy in 1953. He graduated in Chemical Engineering (1978) and Biological Sciences (1981) at Universitá La Sapienza, Rome. He has a MS degree in Food System Economics (CEFAS/Universitá La Tuscia) and a PhD in Social Sciences (Wageningen University, NL). Mario was a researcher at Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca per gli Alimenti e la Nutrizione (INRAN) from 1985 to 2007, but pursued most of his research as visiting scientist at leading universities, such as Cornell University (1987-1989 and 1992-1995), Wageningen University (1997), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1998-2000), University of Wisconsin, Madison (2002), Penn State University (2005-2006), and Arizona State University (2006-2007). He joined ICREA and UAB in 2007. He has more than 150 scientific publications and is author of several books.

Research interests

Mario works on integrated assessment of sustainability issues. Using concepts from complex systems theory, he has developed an innovative scientific approach: Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism (MuSIASEM). MuSIASEM integrates biophysical and socioeconomic variables across multiple hierarchical scales, thus establishing a link between the metabolism of socio-economic systems and potential constraints of the natural environment. MuSIASEM allows the use of integrated sets of indicators that can be chosen "à la carte" by social actors in relation to multiple criteria of performance. Recent research has focused on the analysis of energy systems and energy scenarios and directives (projects EUFORIE, NETEP, PARTICIPIA), food systems (GLAMUR), and the nexus between energy, food, and water in relation to sustainable development goals (MAGIC).

Selected publications

- Kovacic Z & Giampietro M 2017, 'Between theory and quantification: An integrated analysis of metabolic patterns of informal urban settlements', Energy Policy, vol. 100, pp 377-386.

- Lomas PL & Giampietro M 2017, 'Environmental accounting for ecosystem conservation: Linking societal and ecosystem metabolisms', Ecological Modelling, vol. 346, pp 10–19.

- Chifari R, Renner A, Lo Piano S, Ripa M, Bukkens SGF & Giampietro M 2017, 'Development of a municipal solid waste management decision support tool for Naples, Italy', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 161, pp 1032-1043.  

- Saltelli A & Giampietro M 2017, 'What is wrong with evidence based policy, and how can it be improved?', Futures, vol. 91, 62-71.

- González-López R & Giampietro M 2017, 'Multi-scale integrated analysis of charcoal production in complex social-ecological systems'Frontiers in Environmental Science, vol. 5, article 54. 

- Allen T, Tainter J, Shaw D, Giampietro M & Kovacic Z 2017, 'Radical transitions from fossil fuel to renewables: A change of posture', in: Labanca N (Ed), Complex Systems and Social Practices in Energy Transitions, Green Energy and Technology Series, Springer Verlag, pp. 221-235.

Selected research activities

Invited talk at the Inspirational Workshop 'New Narratives of Energy and Sustainability: Debunking myths and interrogating the universality of global and local integrations', organised by DG JRC.I.1, Berlaymont, Brussels, 20 April 2017.

Invited talk at the OECD-sponsored International Symposium on Food Credence Attributes: How Can We Design Policies to Meet Consumer Demand?, Tokyo, Japan, 19 May 2017.

Invited lecture at the 12th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES 2017), Dubrovnik, 6 October 2017.

Invited seminar "Telling the story of sustainability quantitatively: A critical appraisal of todays' narratives" at the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, 12 October 2017.