Mattia is an enthusiastic communicator and change maker: as an action researcher, he enjoys combining the solid theoretical background(s) he built along his academic career, with hands-on approaches and street-level interaction with stakeholders. Stemming from his experiences in different countries and cultures, the expertise Mattia developed stands at the crossroads where entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship, and social innovation meet. Overall, his curiosity for how societies transform and behave is only exceeded by his wonder for everything regarding the natural world. These animating principles drive him to constantly speculate on how these two interact.
His efforts as a communicator focus on turning sustainability science-related insights into concrete tools for policy makers and business practitioners, bridging the gaps between research and practice.
When not busy diving into the latest sustainability innovation to produce thought leadership, you might find Mattia busy experimenting in the kitchen, hiking, or hiding in the closest movie house.
Historic sites struggle to find business models that protect and optimize their cultural heritage in a rapidly changing world. The owners of the medieval castle of Sterkenburg in Driebergen decided to take up this challenge, looking for new ways to reignite its economic and social value. They engaged a multidisciplinary group of sustainability experts from Except Integrated Sustainability, who developed a special program to help historic sites unearth their opportunities. The resulting roadmap delivers concrete, immediate cost savings in the short term, and new ways for the castle to play a role in both today’s, and tomorrow’s society.
Blue Green Infrastructures (BGI) increase the resilience of urban and rural landscapes, integrating their core functions with natural features and processes. Hurdles exist in the process of translating BGI-related knowledge and data from science to practice, and a tool that facilitates this transfer is still missing. We conducted a research in collaboration with a team of partner organizations (JNCC, IFLA Europe, BiodivERsA, and NRW), to pinpoint key preliminary knowledge to design such a tool, and collected our key findings in a report downloadable on this page.
Over the course of two co-creations sessions in June and July 2020, the IKEA Foundation Agricultural Livelihoods Team worked with us to identify focused and impactful granting areas through systems thinking. The mapping tools and strategy framework we developed together can support the team with tangible, flexible steps to channel the complexity of agricultural livelihoods into clear, decisive action and impact.