Roberta Biasillo is an environmental historian and is currently working at the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory – KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She is a researcher at the Italian National Institute of Social Security (INPS) and affiliated with the Università Roma Tre (Italy). She is conducting a research on fascist colonial ecologies, particularly in North Africa, besides OCC!.
Previously in 2016 she received a scholarship in order to spend a research period at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
The research project – “The 1882 shocking revelation. The forgotten disaster that disclosed the Italian environmental complexity” – proposes to investigate a tremendous “natural” disaster occurred in the Northern Italy over the 1880s. The aim is to approach a specific flood from a socio-nature perspective and to reconstruct it as a produced event which, in its turn, produces reality. What is the relationship between natural and social transformations and what are the links among risk, disasters, long-term and short-term impacts on public opinion and policy-makers? Answering these questions allows the research to gain more insight into the rooted and lasting feature of the Italian hydrogeological instability.
Until 25 January 2020 you can freely read the results of this research here
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