Olivia Bina



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Primary Position & Institution:

Principal Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon; Adjunct assistant Professor at Geography and Resource Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Short Bio:

My research explores the (un)sustainability of our socio-economic and socio-technical models and their effect on life, working through the lens of ecological economics, environmental governance, sustainable futures, and transition/transformation theories. The general idea is to assist in the search for worldviews and pathways that can balance our dependence on ‘ever smarter’ growth and technology with a rediscovery of the unlimited potential of prosperous human-other-than-nature connectedness. I am a Principal Researcher at the Institute of the Social Sciences University of Lisbon, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Resource Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). I completed a Ph.D. in Geography (2004) and a Master of Philosophy in Environment and Development (1993) at the University of Cambridge Department of Geography. Earned a Laurea in Political Sciences (International Law) in 1991 by Università degli Studi di Milano Facoltà di Scienze Politiche Economiche e Sociali. My experience: being involved in European and Chinese research projects in environmental governance, assessment, foresight, and sustainable urbanization. Assisted governments (Chinese, Bolivian, Maltese, Chilean, Central American, & various European countries), and international organizations (European Commission, World Bank, ECMT/OECD, European Environment Agency) in capacity building, developing institutional procedures and methodologies for assessing transport infrastructure, development, and spatial plans. Previously worked as a consultant (ERM London) and NGO (RSPB UK). And, I love trees, moon-rise, gardening, and creating something from a lump of clay.