The Team

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EVE Team

EVE benefits from an international and multi-disciplinary team: the main coordination bloc from the University of Florence is solidly engaged with international partners from three universities across Europe and Africa ( KU Leuven, Tilburg University and the University of Witswatersrand).

Veronica Federico

Associate Professor of Comparative Public Law - UNiFi

Veronica Federico is Associate Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Florence, where she teaches at the School of Law and at the School of Political Science.
Veronica has been coordinator or principal investigator of a number of large research grants involving multiple international partners including the H2020 Sirius  and RESPOND research on migration. At present, in addition to EVE, she is the principal investigator of the UNIFI team in the H2020 D.Rad research on radicalization and de-radizalization.
Her current research focuses on migration, fundamental rights, African comparative law and environmental comparative law.

Maria Stella Rognoni

Associate Professor of History and Institutions of Africa - UNIFi

Maria Stella Rognoni is a tenured Researcher and Lecturer in the History and Institutions of Africa at the Department of Political and Social Science, University of Florence.
Since March 2014 she has been awarded the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor.
After studying in the last years the bipolar confrontation in India and Africa, and the decolonisation process; she is currently working on the international relations of contemporary Africa with particular attention to the role played by international organisations and the relations between African States and ‘emerging’ powers.

Paola Pannia

Post-doc research Fellow - UNIFi

Paola Pannia is a Post-doc research Fellow at the University of Florence. She holds a PhD in “Individual Person and Legal Protection” from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa. Her research mostly concerns equality, cultural diversity and judicial reasoning from a comparative, socio-legal perspective.
As consultant for the NGO “Defence for children” and for UNHCR, she has been involved in national and international projects focused on immigration, integration and children’s rights.
She published several articles on national and international Law Journals on the same topics.

Rachele Cecchi

PHD student of Comparative Law at the Department of Legal Sciences - UNIFi

Graduate in Politics (University of Pisa, 2018) and specialised in International Relations (University of Florence, 2021) she has been post-graduate research fellow and she is currently a PHD student of Comparative Law at the Department of Legal Sciences.
Her research interests address Sub-saharan Africa and particularly the constitutional and litigation aspects of land rights, climate rights, environmental rights and rights of nature.

Katja Biedenkopf

Associate Professor of Sustainability Politics - LINES - KU Leuven

Katja Biedenkopf is an Associate Professor of Sustainability Politics at Leuven International and European Studies (LINES), KU Leuven. She heads the Sustainable Futures research group within LINES. Her academic research focuses on:
The external effects of European Union environmental and climate policy
US climate and environmental policy
Climate diplomacy
Polycentric carbon pricing policy
Prof. Biedenkopf particularly focuses on carbon pricing, chemicals, electronic waste and climate policy. Processes of policy learning, leadership, pioneership and policy diffusion are central to Prof. Biedenkopf’s research.

Floor Fleurke

Associate Professor in Public Law & Governance - Tilburg Law School

Dr. Floor Fleurke is assistant professor Europeanl law at Tilburg Law School. Floor is a member of three research schools within Tilburg University, namely the Center for Transboundary Legal Development (CTLD), the multidisciplinary Tilburg Sustainability Center (TSC) and the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT). Her research focuses on focuses on European environmental law, with a specific interest in the relationship between science, technology and environmental law. Floor obtained a PhD (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam in February of 2012, with a thesis on the application of the precautionary principle in the EU and has published several peer-reviewed articles. 

Tracy-Lynn Field

Professor in the Wits School of Law

Professor Tracy-Lynn Field (formerly Humby) is an enrolled advocate and Professor in the Wits School of Law.

Her research areas and expertise include environmental law, human rights, mining law, climate change law, water law, extractives industry transparency, mineral property regimes, mineral taxation regimes, and open government. She served as the Chair of the Board of the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) from 2017 – 2021 and undertakes work for the Open Government Partnership.

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