Elisa is a social and political scientist working in the ‘Risk Assessment and Adaptation Strategies’ division, which she joined in 2013. Her research explores the role of institutions and governance arrangements in supporting climate change adaptation, and the emerging policy field of loss and damage associated with climate change impacts.
She has contributed to several large-scale international projects on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Europe and beyond (Caribbean Small Island Developing States, Mexico, Paraguay, Uganda). She has also been involved in policy-oriented research efforts, like co-authoring the Italian Climate Change Adaptation Plan, the 2017 Science for Disaster Risk Management Report of the European Union, and acted as expert on adaptation in transnational regions for the European Topic Centre on Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation.
She is now based at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna, after being awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships for her project ITHACA (planned relocatIon as adapTation in a cHAnging ClimAte).
Before joining IIASA, she worked as Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science at University College London (2018-2022) where she co-led cross -national comparative research on domestic loss and damage policymaking, with a specific focus on developing countries (Fiji, Tuvalu, Peru), and analysed loss and damage negotiations under the UNFCCC.
Since March 2022 she provides technical advice to the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition on loss and damage, and is a member of the Italian delegation to the UNFCCC.
Elisa has background in International Relations and Diplomacy (MSc, University of Trieste), a specialization in Environmental Economics and Management (MSc, Bocconi University) and holds a Phd in Science and Management of Climate Change (Ca’Foscari University of Venice).
- Evaluating progress on loss and damage: an assessment of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism under the UNFCCC
- Building Climate resilience through nature-based solutions: a review of enabling knowledge, finance and governance frameworks
- A digital climate summit to maintain Paris Agreement ambition
- Will the Paris Agreement protect us from hydro-meteorological extremes?
- Making sense of the politics in the climate change loss & damage debate
- An assessment framework for climate-proof nature-based solutions
- A network approach for moving from planning to implementation in climate change adaptation: Evidence from southern Mexico
- Climate policy after Paris: assessment and perspectives
- Loss & Damage: a Critical Discourse Analysis of Parties' positions in Climate Change Negotiations
- Economic impacts of irrigationconstrained agriculture in the lower Po basin. Water Economics and Policy