Ilaria Perissi’s interdisciplinary background began with extensive training in sustainable Chemistry and Material Science at the University of Florence (Italy), and recently evolved into research on the dynamics of Complex Systems, covering the sustainable exploitation of raw materials and natural resources, implementation of renewable energy and climate change mitigation.
She worked on several international research projects, most recently the H2020 MEDEAS project, where she developed decarbonization scenarios at World, EU and country levels. Previous projects were focused on sustainable materials like IOLISURF (EU-FP6) project, where she worked on a novel electrochemical medium for radically innovative environmentally friendly surface treatment and the REACt project (INCO-CT-2003-015434-REACt) which was the focus of her PhD, working on green fluids self-sufficient renewable energy air-conditioning system for Mediterranean countries.
Ilaria’s background in materials and sustainability also allowed her to gain experience outside academia, such as in TIM spa, a large Italian ICT company, where she worked as an energy manager. However, Ilaria prefers the research environment, to which she has returned thanks to the award of Marie Curie International Fellowship 2020 at Global Sustainability Institute of Anglia Ruskin University (UK). The awarded project, called “PLEDGES”, aims to develop a new climate policy modelling tool which manages carbon budget targets for European countries.
She has extensive experience as an editor for several scientific journals, and beyond publishing scientific papers/chapters, Ilaria is also a book author. In collaboration with prof. Ugo Bardi, she contributed to the book The Empty Sea (Springer, 2021) as a resource exploitation modeller, studying fishing dynamics and fisheries sustainability. The Empty Sea is configured as a recent Report for The Club of Rome.