Members of the TESS Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Simone Bastianoni 

Prof. Bastianoni is professor of Environmental and Cultural Heritage Chemistry at the University of Siena. His research is mainly focused on sustainability indicators and the application of thermodynamics to ecological systems. He has been the leader of approximately 40 research projects and has been involved in many national and international projects on sustainability. Currently he is coordinating the REGES project which aims at calculating and monitoring the greenhouse gases balance of the Province of Siena, following the most recent IPCC methodologies. Within the TESS advisory board, Prof. Bastianoni will be able to contribute with his expertise on carbon accounting and life cycle assessment.

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Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki 

Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki is an associate professor on governance for sustainability transitions at the Dutch Research Institute For Transitions (DRIFT), with the Faculty of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research focuses on the governance dynamics of sustainability transitions and the design and application of transition management processes. Dr. Frantzeskaki has been researching sustainability transitions as a fundamental and transdisciplinary researcher since 2006.

Currently Dr. Frantzeskaki is researching the role of local initiatives in cities, and how these initiatives can be better empowered, facilitated and supported to grow and scale-up within the partner project ARTS and how to apply and enrich transformative science for climate governance via transdisciplinary processes with experts and policy makers at European, regional and local case studies with the partner project IMPRESSIONS. In the TESS-advisory board, Dr. Frantzeskaki will be able to advice TESS on transitions towards sustainability and how TESS can contribute to shaping and empowering those transitions.

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Gil Penha-Lopes 

Gil Penha-Lopes is a Senior Researcher at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Lisbon. He holds a PhD in Functional Ecology and is investigating about solutions for integral adaptation that can be applied when facing climate change. Currently, he is coordinating the CCIAM (Centre for Climate Change Impacts Adaptation & Modelling) research group at the University of Lisbon. His focus is on bottom-up initiatives and social processes like the transition movement, permaculture initiatives or Eco-villages.

Furthermore, Gil Penha-Lopes is involved in the BASE Project (Bottom-Up Climate Adaptation Strategies towards a Sustainable Europe) which aims at making experiences and scientific information on adaptation strategies accessible and transferable for decision-makers in Europe.

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Dr. Gill Seyfang 

Gill Seyfang is a Reader in Sustainable Consumption at the University of East Anglia, and leads a programme of research on ‘grassroots innovations’ for sustainability. She is an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist, linking sustainability policy agendas with ‘new economics’ theories and cutting-edge community-based practice.

Her main research interest is around grassroots innovations, which are community-led initiatives challenging mainstream consumer culture. Gill’s research investigates the potential of these grassroots innovations to grow and spread from their green niches and influence wider society. Her expertise on community-based initiatives and their impact will be most valuable for TESS.

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