Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (LEAF)
A modern and multidisciplinary University department embodied within one of the oldest Universities in the world (University of Padova, Italy). Its mission is the study, conservation, effective management and sustainable use of agricultural, forest and natural resources, through Education & teaching, Research, Technology transfer. It has 5 main research areas: (1) Agricultural, Forestry and Biosystems Engineering; (2) Economics, appraisal and law; (3) Plant pathology; (4) Science and technology of tree and forest systems; (5) Surveying and mapping
Mr. Davide Pettenella is full professor of Forest Policy and Economics at the University of Padova. His research activities focus on economics, marketing and governance of natural resource management, with an emphasis on forest resources. He has been working in more than fifteen research projects co-funded by the EC and has cooperated with other international research institutions, like CIFOR, FAO, the JRC, and the World Bank, for research programs in the field of forest policy and economics. He has published more than 500 papers in the field of forest economics and wood product marketing, and is a member of the Editorial Boards of several scientific journals. He has been Coordinator of the Land, Environment, Resources and Health (LERH) PhD program at the University of Padova and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Forest Institute. Davide is the scientific supervisor for UNIPD activities within the framework of REXUS project.
Mr. Mauro Masiero is assistant professor of Forest Policy and Economics at the University of Padova. He worked for about 10 years as a consultant in the forestry sector, including as a lead-auditor for certification according to the Forest Stewardship Council standards. He has a PhD in Forestry economics and his main fields of research include the analysis of markets for forest-based products and services, and socio-economic aspects dealing with the management of natural resources. He has participated to several projects and initiatives involving various national and international organizations (e.g., EC, CIFOR, FAO, World Bank) in different countries, including Italy, Brazil, Peru, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador and Sudan. As for REXUS project, Mauro coordinates UNIPD team and oversees networking with project partners. He is also involved in research activities on the socio-economic impacts of nexus solutions.
Mrs. Giorgia Bottaro is a junior researcher in Forest Policy and Economics at the University of Padova, where she is finalizing a PhD on “Innovation in forest ecosystem services provision and enhancement” at the Land, Environment, Resources and Health (LERH) PhD program. Her research activities are mainly focused on the analysis of mechanisms and organizational models to support responsible management of natural resources, the delivery of ecosystem services and promote local development opportunities. Within the framework of REXUS project Giorgia is involved in data collection and analysis with reference to socio-economic impacts of solutions identified for the case studies (WP3).