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Emma Mitrotta

Emma Mitrotta received her PhD (with distinction) from the School of International Studies of the University of Trento (Italy) on June 2019. Her dissertation focuses on the cross-border cooperation over transboundary natural resources involving local communities and sub-national governments in Europe and southern Africa. As part of the research for her PhD, she was a visiting researcher at the IUCN Headquarters (Gland, Switzerland) and at the North-West University (Potchefstroom, South Africa), and did fieldwork in the southern African region. She has published several contributions on the topic of her PhD and presented her work at international conferences.

Emma holds an MA in European and International Studies from the University of Trento and a BA in Law from the University of Salento. She was an exchange student at the University of Cordoba (Spain), and the University of Queensland (Australia). She also worked as a legal consultant at the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (Bonn, Germany), as a researcher in environmental law at EURAC Institute for Comparative Federalism (Bolzano, Italy) and for the Economist Intelligence Unit, and as a project assistant in the Brussels Office of the ICLEI European Secretariat (Belgium).

She is now working as a European Projects Officer at the Employment Agency of the Autonomous Province of Trento, and as a research assistant on issues relating to the role of local actors and their participation in multilevel environmental governance.

Her research interests include transboundary biodiversity governance, environmental protection and ecosystem management, public participation in environmental matters, human rights, and local sustainable development.

Emma can be contacted at emma.mitrotta [at]