Roberta Biasillo is an environmental historian and holds a Ph.D. in Early Modern and Modern European History from the University of Bari (Italy).
She has worked at the Environmental Humanities Laboratory, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (Sweden) in a FORMAS (Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development) project on climate change, cities and grassroots movements. She has been a researcher at the Italian National Institute for Social Security and a fellow at the LMU – Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich (Germany), where she started exploring Italian colonialism and imperialism.
Roberta’s research interests include property regimes, territorial and forest issues, natural disasters, modernization, nation-building processes, ecological imperialism. She is also interested in historical theory and environmental humanities research methodologies.
During her time as a Max Weber Fellow, Roberta is further pursuing her research project on the making of Fascist Libya from an environmental history perspective.
Expertise for Teaching and Mentoring of Ph.D. Researchers
Roberta has taught undergraduate classes in Political Ecology at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) as teaching assistant, and she has taught and coordinated the course in Environmental History at the same institution.