Elisa Calliari holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in International Sciences and Diplomatic Relations from the University of Trieste (Gorizia Campus), where she graduated in 2010 with a thesis on Environmental Public Accounting. In 2011, she also obtained a Master in Environmental and Energy Economics and Management from Bocconi University and she is currently enrolled in the PhD Programme in Science and Management of Climate Change at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. During her studies, she collaborated with the General Consulate of Italy in Barcelona within the Public Relation Office (2008) and with the Emigration and International Cooperation Office of the Trento Province (2010).
She joined CMCC in 2013, working on several international projects on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. She is currently involved in a World Bank funded consultancy aimed at designing climate change adaptation measures for the Carmen-Pajonal-Machona Lagoon System (Tabasco, MX). Her task is to perform an institutional analysis to provide capacity development insights so to strengthen the adaptive capacity of the site. She is also part of the Europe Aid project CASCADE (Climate Change Adaptation strategies for water resources and human livelihoods in the costal zones of Small Island Developing States), aiming at designing and promoting multi-stakeholder climate change adaptation strategies in the water and sanitation sector for Caribbean and Indian Ocean small islands.
Her main research interests focus on the issue on Loss and Damage from climate change impacts and its connection with the limits to adaptation.
She also collaborates with the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)and the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG).