Mario Giampietro

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. He is the coordinator of the 7.4 M€ Horizon2020 project "Moving Towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security” (MAGIC).

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

Giampietro M 2019, ‘On the circular bioeconomy and decoupling: Implications for sustainable growth‘, Ecological Economics, 162: 143-156.

– Pérez-Sánchez L, Giampietro M, Velasco-Fernández R & Ripa M 2019, ‘Characterizing the metabolic pattern of urban systems using MuSIASEM: The case of Barcelona‘, Energy Policy, 124: 13-22.

– Di Felice LJ, Ripa M & Giampietro M 2019, ‘An alternative to market-oriented energy models: Nexus patterns across hierarchical levels‘, Energy Policy, 126: 431-443.

– Cabello V, Renner A & Giampietro M 2019, ‘Relational analysis of the resource nexus in arid land crop production‘, Advances in Water Resources, 130: 258–269.

– Serrano-Tovar T, Peñate Suárez B, Musicki A, de la Fuente Bencomo JA, Cabello V & Giampietro M 2019, ‘Structuring an integrated water-energy-food nexus assessment of a local wind energy desalination system for irrigation‘, Science of the Total Environment, 689: 945–957.

– Vivien F-D, Nieddu M, Befort N, Debref R & Giampietro M 2019, ‘The hijacking of the bioeconomy‘, Ecological Economics, 159: 189-197.

– Fierro A, Forte A, Zucaro A, Micera R & Giampietro M 2019, ‘Multi-scale integrated assessment of second generation bioethanol for transport sector in the Campania Region‘, Journal of Cleaner Production, 217: 409-422.

Selected research activities

“Modelling the effects of structural changes and terms of trade”, plenary presentation at the Energy Modelling Platform for Europe Conference (EMP-E 2019): Modelling the implementation of A Clean Planet For All Strategy, European Commision DG RTD, Brussels, 8 Oct 2019.

“Wicked tensions of transition”, keynote presentation at the 12th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE 2019): Engaging Economies of Change, Waterloo, Canada, 24 May 2019.

Invited expert, EU-China Joint Experts’ Seminar on identifying potential joint priorities for research and innovation in food, agriculture and biotechnology, European Commission DG AGRI, Brussels 25 March 2019.