The Greening of Italy


ISBN 9781907543920

The Greening of Italy, Crisis and Recovery by Alberto Trucollo (Italy) , Dr Enrico Tezza (Italy)  and Miriam Kennet



ISBN 9781907543920

Edited by Alberto Truccolo, Dr Enrico Tezza and Miriam Kennet


About the Editors

Michael Briguglio lectures at the Department of Sociology of the University of Malta. His main interests are environment, social movements, social policy and politics with particular emphasis on NGOs and their role in society. He is also very active in Malta’s environmental movement and has been the leader of the Greens in Malta. He has written regularly in our Green Economics academic journal over many years.

Michelle S. Gale is a director of the Green Economics Institute, UK. She is a member of the Law School of the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), holding an MA in Human Rights Law with a focus on Islamic Law, Peace-Building, and Developing Countries. Founder of the Gender Progress Consortium, she holds degrees in Political Science and International Relations from Richmond, the American International University in London (RAIUL), and is currently deputy editor of the International Journal of Green Economics. Her writing has been featured in Europe’s World, one of the foremost European policy magazines. She lectures and speaks on Human Rights, Environmental and Social Justice, Gender Equity, International Development and Green Economics internationally. Recently she ran a conference on women’s unequal pay and poverty in Reading, UK, lectured at the Oxford University Club on the human rights of land reform, lectured on green economics in Berlin, at retreats in Glastonbury, UK, and is a regular speaker at international conferences. She has appeared in the media in Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Michelle is a member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association, the Law Society of England and Wales Human Rights Lawyers Group, the London Middle East Institute. In 2010/2011, she was a delegate to Conference of Parties (COP15/16) in Copenhagen and Cancun, and in 2012 led a delegation to RIO+20, where she ran three side events on green economics.

Nicola Gallinaro is currently director of LAG (Local Action Group – is a body funded by the European Union to promote rural development and cooperation between territories) in the area of Garda Lake in Northern Italy. He graduated in Forest Science by University of Padua in 1991 with honors. After his degree he had post graduation experience at Wageningen Agricultural University (NL). From 1995 he is working as a  consultant in environmental and landscape planning and management. During his career Gallinaro continues to research in alpine fora, wooden fres and environmental analysis using GIS. He is author of different scientific publications in the field of forest ecology and rural development.


Francesca Goff is currently project manager of the Green Line Cooperation Project at LAG (Local Action Group) GardaValsabbia in Northern Italy. She graduated in Political Sciences by University of Padua in 2002 with honors. After degree she attended a master’s degree at University of Bologna in the feld of Health Law and Social Services. Freelance journalist, from 2003 she is communication consultant working for nonproft organizations and communication agencies.

Miriam Kennet is a specialist in Green Economics, she is the Co-Founder and is CEO of the Green Economics Institute. She also founded and edits the frst Green Economics academic journal in the world, the International Journal of Green Economics, and she has been credited with creating the academic discipline of Green Economics. Green Economics has been recently described by the Bank of England as one of the most vibrant and healthy areas of economics at the moment. She is on the Assembly of the Green European Foundation and also on the steering group of the European Network of Political Foundations. She has co authored many books about the Greening of Europe, the Mediterranean. Her work has been published in Italian in the Trecanni and she has taught in Italy and lectured at Bolzano University and Venice International University and elsewhere. She was taught economics by Professor Gracia Ietto Gilies, who is originally from Italy and who is a very well known economist who specialises in the effects of Multi national Corporations on the Economy. Miriam acredits many of her perspectives and ideas to the outstanding teaching she received from Professor Ietto Gilies.

Miriam was given the prestigious Honour Award at the Luxembourg Business Summit,in front of 500 people by the Luxembourg Minister of Trade and Industry. She was also named alumni of the month by South Bank University in London and also was named as one of 100 most powerful women globally by the Charity One World Action. Having researched at Oxford University, Oxford Brookes and South Bank University, she is a member of Mansfeld College, Oxford University and the Environmental Change Institute. She has taught, lectured and spoken at Universities and events all over Europe, from Alicante to Oxford, and to government offcials from Montenegro and Kosovo to The UK Cabinet Offce, Transport Department, National Government School and Treasury and spoken in Parliaments from Scotland to Austria and The French Senat and Estonia.

She is also a regular and frequently speaks at public events of all kinds, and after dinner speaker, advising in the Uk Parliament and the Bank of England and in Brussels on the Eurozone crisis, the high speed rail and the general economics situation. She is also very active in spreading Green Economics in Asia, China, and all round Africa where people fnd it may be one of the beacons of hope at the moment in an age of Austerity and Cuts as it provides a completely new way of looking at the world.


Her work is very practical and she worked in factories and engineering for many years in the past. She has a delegation to the UNFCC COP Kyoto Climate Change Conferences and headed up a delegation to RIO + 20 Earth Summit: Greening the Economy in RIO Brazil. She regularly speaks on TV around Europe, most recently in Belgium, and Estonia and the BBC has made a special programme about her life and work. She runs regular conferences at Oxford University about Green Economics and this year has run 8 events from Youth in Action for Young People from Egypt involved in the revolution, People from FYRO Macedonia, Italy and other countries, as well as the Green Built Environment, The Greening of China as the Chinese government is very interested in her work, Womens Unequal Pay and poverty, Green Economics and Methodology, truth, fact and reality with critical realism and several other events. Publishing regularly and having over 100 articles, papers and other publications, including Green Economics:Voices of Africa, The Green Economics Reader, Handbook of Green Economics: A Practitioners Guide, The Green Built Environment, Women’s Unequal Pay and Poverty, Green Economics and Climate Change, as well as a new chapter on the green built environment and climate change for Wileys publishers in Lamond, Hammond and Proverbs. She also publishes in scientifc papers, including the Latvian National Scientifc Papers and Journals for example. She has been featured in the Harvard Economics Review and Wall Street Journal as a leader.

Professor Dr Maria Alejandra Madi, holds a PhD in Economics. She works at the intersection between macroeconomics, fnance and socio-economic development. Retired Professor at the State University of Campinas, Brazil, she is currently Director of the Ordem dos Economistas do Brasil and Counselor at the Conselho Regional de Economia – SP. Besides her participation as co-author in chapter books edited by the Global Labor University, she is a regular author with the Green Economics Institute.

Wilhelm Schmid is an economist from Austria, who worked at the Green Economics Institute recently and edited our academic journal and our The Greening of the Mediterranean Book as well as writing for many of our policy papers. His work is focused on the feld of economics or politics, focusing on the possibilities to improve peoples life, considering their well- being as the goal of economic activities. He is an Economist from the University of Vienna and his special interests are: – “The evolution of top incomes in the United States from 1980 until 2007 – why are the rich always getting richer?”and “Energy security in the European Union – Can you supply what we demand?

Dr Enrico Tezza is a senior training specialist and has a background in social research and evaluation studies. After a career in the Italian Ministry of Labour and local public institutions, he joined the International Labour Organisation in Turin in 1992. He is labour market advisor for the Green Economics Institute. Subjects covered vary from training policy to employment and active labour market measures. His current focus interest is on social dialogue for green  jobs. His main publication was Evaluating Social Programmes: the relevance of relationships, and his latest publications include Dialogue for Responsible Restructuring and Green Labour Market for Transitions.

Alberto Truccolo is a young entrepreneur who operates in the feld of social responsible and environmentally friendly investments. He aims to bring green economics claims into practice through politics, in fact he is a member of the “Youth European Parliament”. He manages a blog raising awareness about themes such as recycling and climate change, as well as poverty and inequality; also, he runs conferences in his institute and in his city discussing issues such as the phenomenon of automation and its consequences on the socio-economic paradigm, the potential of renewable energies and the ineffciency of the current neo-liberalism. Currently, he works for the Green Economics Institute, on the Editorial Team of the double blind peer reviewed academic, International Journal of Green Economics, and in July 2014 he was on the management team of the 9th Annual Green Economics Institute, Green Economics Conference at Oxford University. He is the editor of this current book and lead writer of many of the chapters.

Dr Jeffrey Turk PHD has a doctorate in particle physics from Yale University and after working as a physicist at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) gaining an MA in transition economics at the Central European University in Budapest and then a DPhil in contemporary European Studies from the University of Sussex. He is a research fellow at the Scientifc Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, where he researches realist biography and European Policy. He ran a research conference at the University of Leuwen on critical realist narrative biographical methods and this events fndings have now been published as a book. He has produced many articles on Green Economics and methodological innovation for our academic journal and books