Patrizia Ghisellini

Patrizia Ghisellini
Parthenope University of Naples | Università Parthenope · Department of Science and Technology

PhD in Agricultural and Food Economics and Policy, Master in Sustainable Development and Management of Environmental Systems

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Introduction
Currently I am working at the University Parthenope of Naples in the research group headed by Prof. Sergio Ulgiati to a project of high relevance funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international Cooperation. The project goal is evaluating the implementation of the circular economy in priority economic sectors such as C&D. Besides the circular economy my research interests regard the topics of sustainable development, urban forestry, life cycle sustainability methods.
Additional affiliations
March 2019 - present
Parthenope University of Naples
Position
  • Researcher
January 2010 - present
University of Bologna
Position
  • Research Assistant
January 2010 - present
University of Bologna
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
May 2010 - June 2013
Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Italy
Field of study
  • Agricultural and Food Economics and Policy
October 2009 - December 2009
Parthenope University of Naples
Field of study
  • Environmental Certification
February 2009 - April 2010
Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Italy
Field of study
  • Sustaible Development

Publications

Publications (37)
Technical Report
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This deliverable of the ReTraCE project further elaborates the results and conceptual frameworks presented in previous reports, dealing with impacts and performance assessment of circular economy policies and processes. This report presents a “conceptual and practical model” that aims at identifying the key stakeholders involved in the transition t...
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The present study explores the environmental quality (natural and recycled content, recyclability, life cycle method) of a sample of certified construction products available in different database in Italy (Remade in Italy, Atlante dell’Economia Circolare, Observatory Recycle-Legambiente Report, Accredia). The results evidence the identification of...
Conference Paper
The themes of climate change, over-consumption of resources and social inequality are some of the most important current issues that the society has to promptly tackle. In this context, the circular economy paradigm is attracting a great interest of the policy-makers, organizations and scholars as it is expected to contribute to reduce the environm...
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In this study, our aim was to explore the potential energy savings obtainable from the recycling of 1 tonne of Construction and Demolition Waste (C&DW) generated in the Metropolitan City of Naples. The main fraction composing the functional unit are mixed C&DW, soil and stones, concrete, iron, steel and aluminium. The results evidence that the recy...
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Increasing pressure from population growth and climate change has placed various challenges to urban systems concerning the sustainable supply and use of food, energy and water. To achieve the synergistic and sustainable management of food, energy and water demand, the inter-linkages between the three subsystems should be explored. Taking Beijing a...
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This study focuses the attention on clean energy and low-carbon materials as key enablers in circular economy (CE) transition and a more sustainable path of human development. Environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economic growth has been suggested by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals since 1990s. Diverse stakeholders in...
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The interest into Circular Economy (CE), mainly emerged recently in response to climate change, environmental damage, and the limits of a linear economy, requires a deeper investigation on how the concept and its transition process are perceived in the society. In the present explorative study (questionnaire survey), we evaluate the perception and...
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The study briefly recalls the evolution and crisis of the theory and thought of John Maynard Keynes with the rise and progressive dominance of the new liberalism paradigm. The exercise has been made for evaluating the effects of such process for the sustainability of the global economy and society. Moreover, we explored how Keynes’ contribution cou...
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This study deals with the perspective of circular economy (CE) transition in the Construction and Demolition Waste Management (C&DWM) system of the Metropolitan City of Naples (Italy). It assesses the current building materials stored in the existing buildings and C&DW generation, composition and management, by means of public databases, i-Tree Can...
Chapter
This chapter seeks to give a foundational overview of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics. The definition of individual ESG factors is first introduced to highlight sustainability considerations in businesses and how these can be considered and support circularity in business operations. The chapter further develops the concept that...
Chapter
This chapter seeks to give a foundation to the concept of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metric, meant as an evaluatory model of business sustainability. The definition of individual ESG factors is first introduced, to better understand their need for implementing sustainability in businesses, pointing to the shifting trends towards ci...
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This study mainly analyses the economic impacts related to the recycling of C&DW. It presents an overview of the most recent results coming from the available economic and financial studies evaluating and comparing the production and use of recycled products from C&DW with the counterparts produced from virgin materials such as natural aggregates o...
Presentation
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Background: Much of Circular Economy research is aimed at closing the production loop through recycling. But higher steps on the waste hierarchy are gaining ground as well and these are critical to the enduring success of the Circular Economy. To extend lifecycles through repair and remanufacturing, a healthy market for (spare) parts and informatio...
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Background: The Circular Economy is slowly gaining ground. With an increased amount of research in the field, growing an expected ~340% between 2016 and 2019 when looking at the amount of published papers, and more relevant regulation being passed, the Circular Economy is steadily increasing its adoption rate. It is expected that at a certain point...
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Accepted version of the abstract: This study evaluates the transition to CE in Italy on a sample of 292 organizations after introducing a brief overview of the main principles of CE (reduction, repair, reuse, recover, remanufacturing, recycling) as well as how they are implemented at macro level. With regard to the sample we analysed the data rela...
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Abstract In this chapter we evaluate the impacts of the transition to the circular economy (CE) on the society and in particular in the economic subsystem after framing such transition within the sustainability socio-technical transitions. This is done for helping us to understand better how to manage its process of transition. We will show that C...
Presentation
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In this presentation, after recalling the essential elements of the circular economy (CE), I briefly discuss the main barriers to the transition of the CE in Italy. However, these barriers, are common in other countries as the transition to the circular economy ( a goal that many countries are embracing worldwide) entails changes in the same societ...
Conference Paper
The growth of modern societies with their scientific, economic and social achievements was made possible by the cheap availability of fossil fuels. Side effects of fossil energy resources were the development of unsustainable production and consumption patterns, the degradation of natural capital, and the release of airborne, waterborne and solid w...
Research
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In this dossier we have collected information on projects of urban forests in Italy and globally also including scientific contributions that, by means of different methodologies of analysis, have assessed the environmental and economic costs and benefits of forests projects in urban environment. This review therefore represents a preliminary set o...
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The growth of modern societies with their scientific, economic and social achievements was made possible by the cheap availability of fossil fuels. Side effects of fossil energy resources were the development of unsustainable production and consumption patterns, the degradation of natural capital, and the release of airborne, waterborne and solid w...
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The construction sector is one of the most impacting economic activities in the world. Its direct environmental impacts include a large use of non-renewable energy and mineral resources while its indirect impacts are related to the disposal of construction and demolition wastes (C&DW). To improve its environmental performances the sector is innovat...
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Circular economy (CE) as a new model of economic development promotes the maximum reuse/recycling of materials, goods and components in order to decrease waste generation to the largest possible extent. It aims to innovate the entire chain of production, consumption, distribution and recovery of materials and energy according to a cradle to cradle...
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Food is the primary energetic need for humankind. It provides energy and nutrients, but its acquisition requires energy expenditure. This fact is particularly important, when considering the urban environment, since human communities organized within cities almost exclusively rely on the import of resources to meet their daily basic needs. Field-to...
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Agriculture is expected to provide food in a sustainable manner while also partially contributing to the energy problem as well as to bio-material supply. Moreover, fossil fuels scarcity calls for an increase of energy efficiency in agricultural processes. This study evaluates patterns, trends, driving factors and trade-offs of energy use in select...
Conference Paper
Food is the primary energetic need for mankind. It provides energy and nutrients, but its acquisition requires energy expenditure. This fact is particularly important, when considering the urban environment, since human communities organized within cities almost exclusively rely on the import of resources to meet their daily basic needs. Field-to-f...
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In the past 50 years the agricultural sector worldwide has gradually changed its production technologies, market relevance, and energy consumption and has been playing varied societal and economic roles. In particular, the shift from extensive to intensive agriculture, although meeting only a fraction of the global food demand, has sharply increase...
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The livestock sector is required by the European Union policies to strengthen its multifunctional role by diversifying its production patterns. In Italy many dairy farms have already installed energy plants such as biogas digesters, mainly to increase their economic sustainability. We evaluate in this study the environmental performance of raw milk...
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The agricultural sector is critical for the achievement of sustainable development worldwide. Its present and future sustainability relies on the difficult balance of food production and environmental impact. The need for resource use optimization and increasing reliance on renewable energy, calls for increased development and integration of its su...
Thesis
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The thesis analyses the relationships between agricultural development processes and the use of natural resources, in particular energetic resources, at international (developing and developed countries), national (Italy), regional (Emilia Romagna) and farm scales with the aim of evaluating the Eco-efficiency of agricultural development processes,...
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This paper evaluates the resource use and environmental performance of the Italian agricultural sector across levels, from local (selected olive, lemon and grape farms), through regional (Campania region) up to the national scale (whole Italy). An assessment over time (from 1985 to 2010) was performed in order to investigate how the demand for envi...
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The so-called nuclear revival worldwide is crashing against the Fukushima accident in Japan, as it already happened with the Chernobyl accident 25 years ago (1986). The Fukushima accident has pulled down the expectations and the active lobbying of the nuclear industry, claiming nuclear to be the solution to future world energy demand and increased...
Conference Paper
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In this work, two Italian regions (Emilia Romagna, in Northern Italy, and Campania, in Southern Italy) are compared on the basis of an emergy evaluation carried out over the last 20 years. The regions show very different productive and institutional structures, which affect the overall performance. The Campania region is characterized by the presen...

Projects

Projects (8)
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Just Transition to Circular Economy project aims at improving the understanding under which conditions a responsible, inclusive and socially just transition to a circular economy is possible and desirable. It aims at identifying what technical, political and social factors can enable or hamper such transformation in the global society
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Our special issue aims to improve our understanding on the implementation of the circular economy, beyond recycling and technological research. The aim is exploring deeply the environmental and social benefits of the circular economy, as well as frameworks and patterns that could underpin it from the macro to micro levels of environmental, social, ethical and fairness values. The whole description of our special issue is available in the dedicated webpage of the Journal of Cleaner Production at the following: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-cleaner-production/call-for-papers/who-will-benefit-from-the-transition-to-the-circular-economy
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The main aim of this Research Topic is to understand how visions and plans of circular cities and cities in transition are expanding the current focus on waste management, resource recovery in waste and water sectors towards the mosaic of other practices (e.g., repair, reuse, refurbishing), energy efficiency and renewable energies, natural regenerations alternatives such as urban forestry and urban agricultural programs. Submissions are open on Frontiers on Sustainable Cities: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/24411/towards-more-sustainable-livable-and-naturally-based-circular-cities-assessing-visions-plans-policie