Dean of VIU since 2016.

Carlo Giupponi is Professor at University of Venice Ca’ Foscari (Italy) in the Department of Economics. He teaches classes at graduate and undergraduate level on the following topics: Natural Resources Management and Climate Change; Economics of the Environment; Socio-ecosystem Valuation Methods; Spatial Analysis and Modelling; Sustainability. His research activity focuses on the integrated assessment and management of natural resources, with main focus on water, agriculture and global change. Specific methodological interests are in (spatial, participatory) modelling and decision support systems. He is currently responsible of European and national projects in the fields of climate change adaptation, integrated vulnerability and risk assessment, water management, agri-environmental policy and water pollution.

Recent collaborations and consultancies include institutions such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation, Intergovernmental Panel For Climate Change, World Bank, WWF Italy. In Italy he cooperates with the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC), Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and other administrations and research centres.

He has co-authored more than two hundreds scientific and professional papers, and developed several modelling and decision support frameworks and tools in the field of natural resources management, in particular NetSyMod and mDSS. Recent responsibilities include: Editor in chief of the Italian Journal of Agronomy, and member of the Board of Directors of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs), coordinator of the PhD Programme on Climate Change Science and Management, coordinator of the project for the establishment of the Ca’ Foscari School for the Sustaniability of Environmental and Tourism Systems, rector’s delegate for the Development of European research projects, rector’s delegate for Cooperation and development. Current responsibilities include the editorial board of Environmental Modelling and Software (Elsevier), the council of the Global Climate Forum (Process leader: Participatory Methods) ), and the direction of the Interuniversity Doctoral School “ChangeS” (Global Change Science and Policy).

"I have had the pleasure of being involved in several VIU initiatives in the past and have contributed myself by organizing some conferences and seminars at VIU, where I benefitted from the professional support of the staff, the quality of the facilities and the beauty of the place."

"When the opportunity of becoming the new Dean of VIU emerged, I went back to those past experiences and found strong motivations for offering my competences for this new and challenging role. I found further incentives through the initial interactions with the colleagues from the fifteen Partner Institutions, whom I had the pleasure to meet in March. The two first – quite hectic – weeks of work at VIU, with dozens of meetings and brainstorming with the staff, three former deans and other colleagues collaborating in various ways with VIU just confirmed my initial feelings."

"VIU is a well-established organization, but I think we can easily identify several directions for consolidating the 20-year VIU tradition and develop new ideas in partnership for the future: efforts to move from 1-way or 2-way collaborations towards networks, further expansion of the partnership in geographical areas of strategic interest; improved collaboration between "local" universities and the other partners; ... even if not entirely within VIU competencies, I would like also to develop actions to demonstrate that the concept of sustainability we teach to students and young scholars from all over the world is practically implemented on the island of San Servolo."

"I look forward to learning how at least some of those ideas can find concrete implementation in the coming years of collaboration with all those interested in the future of VIU."


Carlo Giupponi
Dean of Venice International University
29 March 2016