Professors and trainers

FACULTY

GIOVANNI CROSTA – Master’s Program Director

Module: Search for Water Resources

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Full Professor of Applied Geology at the State University of Milan-Bicocca. Research Unit Head for several national and international projects in applied geology, hydrogeology, soil and rock mechanics. Scientific publications on slope stability in soils and rocks, monitoring and interpretation of monitoring data, soil and rock mechanics. Member of the organizing committee of several national and international congresses. Editor for Engineering Geology. Research partnerships with: The Department of Structural Engineering of the Milan Politecnico; CNR-IRPI Perugia; CNR-CSITE; CNR-IROE Florence; US Geological Survey, Denver and Reston (USA); Geological Survey of Canada; University of Newcastle (UK); ITGE (Spain). He is the Director of the Master’s Program in Water Resource Management in International Cooperation.

FEDERICO AGLIARDI

Module: Geology, Climatology and Environmental Risk

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Associate Professor (Engineering Geology) at the University of Milano-Bicocca, specialist in rock slope instability, geomechanics and natural hazards. Degree in Geological Sciences and PhD in Earth Sciences at the University of Milano. Research interests include: mechanisms and long-term evolution of slow rock slope deformation; monitoring, modelling and risk mitigation for large landslides; physical and mechanical behaviour of polydeformed rocks (lab); geomechanical properties of fractured media (field); rock fall modelling and protection; landslide hazard and risk. Current university teaching in the Geological Sciences and Technologies degree program include “Geological field survey” (BSc), “Engineering-geological survey and site investigation” and “Slope Stability” (MSc). Participated in several national (PRIN, ASI-MORFEO) and international (INTERREG II-C “Falaises”; EU-FP5 DAMOCLES, EU-FP6 LESSLOSS; EU-FP7 SAFELAND) research projects, currently PI of the “Slow2Fast” project funded by Fondazione CARIPLO, and UNIMIB coordinator of the National “Scientific Degree Project – Geology” 2016-18. Gave over 65 conference presentations and published over 60 papers (27 on ISI journals).

STEFANO BOCCHI

Module: Water and Soils in Agriculture

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Ph.D in Crop Science, and Full Professor in Agronomy and Cropping Systems at the University of Milan (Italy). Developed research projects on cereals, forage crops, agro-food systems analysis and management as visiting Scientist at the Agronomy Department University of California, Davis, at IRRI-Philippines, and Wageningen University-NL. Experience and responsibilities include: graduate and undergraduate courses in agronomy, agro-ecology, agro-food systems, food shed management, landscape agronomy, tropical crops, organic farming; scientific board of the Ph.D. program in agro-ecology; Director of the Geomatic Lab for Agriculture and Environment, for agricultural and cropping system analysis, biodiversity, forest and pasture inventories, GIS application methods for natural and agricultural resource, as well as bionomic and agroecological, analyses. Director of CICSAA Inter-University Centre for International Cooperation for Agro-food systems development; research team leader in projects on farming system analysis and management, at both national and international levels. Author of in excess of 150 scientific journal publications, and board member of selected scientific societies. Veteran of several international cooperation projects  that took place in Albania, Brasil, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leon, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Previous scientific curator of the Biodiversity Park in EXPO 2015. Recently published: Zolle, storie di tuberi, cereali e terre coltivate (Cortina Ed. 2015).

ARIANNA FACCHI

Module: Water and Soils in Agriculture

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Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – Production, Landscape, Agroenergy (DiSAA) of the State University of Milan (UNIMI). Graduated at the State University of Milan-Bicocca in Environmental Sciences. Principal research interests concern: the planning and the management of water resources for irrigation purposes through the application of hydrological models for the simulation of water flows in the soil-plant-atmosphere system at the field, irrigation scheme, and river basin scales; the use of the leading edge monitoring tools for the measurement of water fluxes at the different spatial scales. Lectures courses at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels on the following topics: soil hydrology, planning and management of water resources in agro-ecosystems, hydrological modelling, water quality, irrigation system design, and application of remote sensing and GIS in hydrology. Scientific productivity includes more than 100 publications with international reach in dissemination. Active in cooperation projects aimed at improving the irrigation efficiency at the irrigation scheme scale, and start-up and training of irrigation user associations.

PAOLO FRATTINI

Modules: Geology, Climatology and Environmental Risk / Search for Water Resources

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Degree in Environmental Science and Associate Professor of Applied Geology at the State University of Milan-Bicocca. Research focus is on: modelling of different kinds of landslides through physically-based and statistical approaches, and effects of land use and climate change on slope stability, landlside hazard and risk. Expert on GIS systems. Published 40 scientific publications on international journals and participates actively in several national and international research projects.

VALERIA MEZZANOTTE

Modules: Geology, Climatology and Environmental Risk / Water and Soils in Agriculture

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Professor of Environmental Impact Assessment at the State University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Graduated in Agricultural Sciences at the Milan State University, Ph.D. in Sanitary Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. Main fields of interest are: Disposal and re-use of solid waste and sewage sludge; Analysis of surface waterbodies, assessment of polluting loads and recovery interventions and strategies at the watershed scale; Treatment and reclamation of urban and industrial wastewaters; Loads, removal and biodegradation of specific pollutants in wastewater; Biodegradation of new generation plastics; Biological and microbiological aspects in the treatment of wastewaters and drinking waters; Algal cultures for optimizing energetic balance and nitrogen removal in wastewater treatment plants.

CLAUDIA PASQUERO

Modules: Geology, Climatology and Environmental Risk

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Associate Professor in Oceanography and Atmospheric Physics at the State University of Milano-Bicocca. Research associate at the Institute of Science of the Atmosphere and Climate of the National Research Council. Vice-president of the Committee on Mathematical Geophysics of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. Investigates the interactions between oceans and climate. Recent contributions improved the understanding of the dynamics of typhoons and hurricanes. Studies interactions between ocean dynamics and marine ecosystems. More than 25 publications in international journals, and has been invited to over 30 conferences as a key-note speaker. Experienced leader of several national and international research projects, and expert reviewer for many international journals, and for European and US-NSF research projects.

FRANCO PREVITALI

Module: Water and Soils in Agriculture

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MSc in Geological Sciences from the State University of Milan. Geopedology Lecturer at the Degree Course in Environmental Sciences and Technologies at the State University of Milan-Bicocca, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Teacher in Master’s programs in Cuenca (Ecuador) and Morelia (Mexico).  Taught Pedology for the Degree in Valorization and Protection of the Mountain Territory (Edolo, Brescia) of the Faculty of Agriculture, State University of Milan. Participated in scientific projects and carried out missions and scientific expeditions in Kazakhstan, Chilean Patagonia, Mexico, Ecuador, China, Turkey, Morocco, and Tunisia. Author of over 100 disseminations including scientific publications, technical articles, books and chapters of books on selected soil science topics.

MAURO VAN AKEN

Module: Introduction to International Cooperation (development anthropology)

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Associate Professor at the State University of Milan-Bicocca).  Teaches Cultural Anthropology, Economic Anthropology and Development, and Anthropology of Water. Fieldwork experience in Northern Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt and Italy on socio-cultural dynamics in humanitarian aid (Rifugio Milano. Vie di fuga e vita quotidiana dei richiedenti asilo, 2005) and in modernization processes and displaced communities (Facing Home. Palestinian Belonging in a valley of doubt, 2003). Particular work focus has been on historical and contemporary cultural practices in water relations in the Middle East (Jordan basin, Occupied Territories), on social values, solidarity patterns and imaginaries of water and environment (La Diversità delle acque. Antropologia di un bene molto comune, Altravista 2012; Conflitti per la terra. Tra accaparramento, consumo e accesso indisciplinato, co-ed, Altravista, 2014), and cultures and agricultures within climate change.

GIOVANNI VEZZOLI

Module: Geology, Climatology and Environmental Risk

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Professor at the State University of Milano-Bicocca with experience in the fluvial sedimentology and geology of the Alps, Himalaya, Caucasus and Andes.  Experience drawn from several years of research in the field of the collisional orogeny. Current focus on the sediment transported by the world principal rivers (e.g. Nile, Ganges, Yangtze) with an aim to quantify the erosion rate and the sediment yield of the river catchments. Goal to improve a still poor understanding of bed-load flux in mountain streams, with focus on bulk sediment composition as the source of supplementary information needed to calculate relative sediment budgets in drainage basins.

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION PROFESSIONALS

GIORGIO CANCELLIERE – Master’s Program Coordinator

Modules: Introduction to International Cooperation / Use of Water Resources / Solid Waste, Wastewater and Hygiene

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Graduated in Geological Science, and expert on water and sanitation. Worked for international organisations (European Union, United Nations and Italian Government) and NGOs in over 20 countries, and taken part in numerous emergency, rehabilitation and development projects, with assessment, monitoring and evaluation missions in the field of rural/urban water supply, sanitation and environmental protection. Coordinator and lecturer for the Master’s program in Water Resource Management in international development aid at the State University of Milan-Bicocca, lecturer for the Water & Sanitation module of the Master’s program in Urban Development and Reconstruction at the IUAV in Venice, and lecturer for the Water & Sanitation module of the Sphere Course at ISPI.

CINZIA ACAIA

Module: Solid Waste, Wastewater and Hygiene

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Graduated at the Politecnico di Milano, in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Environmental Engineering and a thesis from the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (FRG). PhD in Environmental Engineering, also from the Politecnico di Milano. Ten years consultancy and planning experience in Switzerland, in environmental engineering. Freelance consulting engineer since 2003, based in Milan, in the field of solid waste management, contaminated soils, and safety at work. Teaches solid waste, contaminated soil, and wastewater management at the State University of Milan-Bicocca since 1999, within Environmental Sciences graduation courses and in selected Master’s courses. Past contributions as scientific secretary of the ISWA (International Solid Wastes Association) Professional Meetings Committee, and as member of the ISWA Working Group on Sanitary Landfill.

LUCA AIOLFI

Module: Introduction to International Cooperation

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Degrees in Law and in Political Science and specialist in International Migration, Assistance to Refugees, and in Project Design, Monitoring and Evaluation.  Seasoned experience with international cooperation since 1986, taking on key appointments, above all in the field, with the United Nations, as well as other international bodies, and non-governmental organisations. Worked hands on and managed, among others, critical aid and cooperation programs dealing with some of the largest humanitarian crises of recent times: Sudan, Somalia, the Middle East during the Gulf crisis of 1990-91, Afghanistan, Timor East, and North Korea. Recent assignments include evaluation and project identification in countries as diverse as Moldova, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Colombia, Mexico, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Maintains a balance of commitments between consultancy work for the EU, other donors, and organisations, alongside academic contributions and training in Development, Humanitarian Aid, and Conflict Resolution.

FABIO FUSSI

Module: Use of Water Resources

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Degree in Geological Sciences, and MSc in Water Resources Management and Exploration from the ITC (International Institute for Aerospace Surveys and Earth Sciences) in Enschede-NL, with research on the use of GIS and simulation models for water management in Argentina. PhD in Environmental Sciences at the State University of Milan-Bicocca, with research on the “Use of remote sensing and terrain modelling to identify suitable zones for manual drilling in Africa and support low cost water supply”, with partners from Italy, Senegal and Guinea. Has been working in international cooperation in several countries of Africa, Latin America and Asia with various NGOs (e.g. Oxfam, MSF) and UN agencies (UNICEF, UNHCR) since 1997. Main areas of intervention: application of GIS within international cooperation, water and sanitation in humanitarian and development programs, disaster risk reduction, natural resource management and conservation, food security. Has collaborated with UNICEF for the identification of suitable zones for manual drilling and low cost groundwater supply in 16 African countries. Actively involved in linking international cooperation, research and education. Lecturer in the MsC of Water Resources Management in International Development Aid projects at the university Milano-Bicocca, and for other universities in postgraduate and MsC courses focused on humanitarian and development programs (Escuela Oficial Impresarial de Sevilla, IUAV Venezia, University of Alcala de Henares) or delivered short seminars (University Prince of Songkhla, Thailand; Tribhuvan University Paschimanchal campus in Pokhara, Nepal).

GIANCARLO PETERLONGO

Module: Use of Water Resources

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Degree in Geology and past Vice-President of the Water Supply Authority of the City of Milan. Worked as Aqueduct Operations Manager for the public water authority (1980 to 2010), managing the integrated water cycle for 194 municipalities in the provinces of Milan, Monza and Brianza, Lodi, and Pavia. Extensive experience in the design and management of water supply systems, especially related to wells and drinking water treatment. Contributed to developing an aqueduct system in the Taraka Region in Kenya, and provided training in Guatemala. Previously responsible for capacity building on water resources, water treatment plant management, and water emergency within the Federation of Utilities.

BRUNO PETRUCCI

Module: Search for Water Resources

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Geologist, freelance expert in geophysics and hydrogeology. Since 1998 principally consultant for NGOs and UN Agencies in the fields of groundwater research, hydrogeological studies and training. Field experience in North Somalia, Cape Vert Islands, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Iraq, Lebanon, North Korea (DPRK), Thailand, Indonesia, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Honduras. Before 2009, consultant in Italy, and in the above quoted countries, for groundwater research, civil engineering, environmental protection, and seismic micro-zoning projects. Expert within geophysics for the following methodologies: refraction and reflection seismic, down and cross-hole, micro-tremors, VES and resistivity profiling, GPR and EM profiling, logs in water wells. Visual Basic programmer, and author of programs for refraction seismic and VES interpretation.

GIANNI RUFINI

Module: Introduction to International Cooperation

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Specialist in humanitarian aid and the Executive Director of Amnesty International in Italy. Director of the European Coordination Group of Humanitarian NGOs (VOICE) from 1997 to 2001. Member of the Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit of the University of York since 1996. Worked in Ghana, Palestine, and Argentina as Director of Development Projects and Humanitarian Aid (1985 to 1994). Veteran from over 60 missions, to Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America, for various Italian and international NGOs (Relief International, Movimondo, Handicap International, ActionAid, Intersos, NCCI, and ReC), and UN agencies (FAO and UNDP-UNOPS). Former member of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (Canada), and currently Research Director at CeSPI, coordinating courses for La Sapienza University in Rome (Master’s Program in Cooperation), Bocconi University in Milan, and ISPI. Professor at the Scuola Superiore S. Anna in Pisa, ULB in Brussels, the American University in Washington, the John Cabot University and Legon (Ghana), and former visiting lecturer at Paris Sorbonne (DESS), and Madrid (Carlos III).  Director of the Network of Humanitarian Trainers-Fields, and member of the CeSPI Steering Committee.  On the Editorial Board of the Humanitarian Affairs Review (Brussels), and The Humanitarian Times (Washington).

GIORGIO ZUCCHELLO

Module: Solid Waste, Wastewater and Hygiene

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Physician, responsible of the International Cooperation Department of the NGO WeWorld Onlus.  Working in the areas of basic health and primary education in 7 countries: Brazil, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Kenya, Tanzania, and Benin. Past program mananger in Primary Health Care, fighting against AIDS, health care training and humanitarian emergency. Expert of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Somalia, and member of the Scientific Committee of the Network of Italian Non-Governmental Organizations for Health Education.