Silvia is an Associate of GSDM. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Law, Politics, Development (DIRPOLIS) at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa (Italy). Her main field of expertise is the role of Human Rights Law in relation to Security and Disaster Management and its interplay with other applicable branches of International Law, including Arms Control and Disarmament, Counter-terrorism, Disaster Risk Reduction/Management and Global Health. An experienced and adept researcher, during the past 9 years, Silvia has been contributing to various projects funded by the European Union (EU)concerned with developing new technological solutions for Security and Disaster Management. In particular, she has provided advice on ethical, legal and societal issues raised by proposed technologies.
At the DIRPOLIS Institute, Silvia is currently in charge of a three-year research project on Chemical, Biological and Radio-Nuclear (CBRN) protection in Italy, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research (2019-2022). In parallel, she is also collaborating with the Italian Red Cross on the EU funded Heimdall Project (2018-2020) that aims to develop technological tools for data exchange in multi-organisational and cross-border emergency contexts.
Silvia has particular expertise in international obligations governing CBRN risks broadly defined, which was the focus of her doctoral research (2014-2018). More specifically, her research examined the role of positive obligations under Human Rights Law in complementing other applicable norms and in enhancing protection in all phases of the Emergency Management cycle. During her doctoral research, Silvia was a visiting researcher at the prestigious Centre for International Law, Conflict and Crisis at the Faculty of Law, Copenhagen University (2016), and at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex (2017). More recently, she was responsible for the analysis of ethical and legal issues in the EU H2020 funded Anywhere project which developed a pan-European platform including Early Warning Systems and Self-Protection tools to anticipate and respond to extreme weather and climate emergencies (2016-2019).
Before joining the DIRPOLIS Institute, Silvia served as a research fellow in a private research centre based in Rome, where she was working on a set of projects funded by the EU FP7 and H2020 programmes, concerned with Human Rights, societal and ethical implications raised by emerging technologies deployed in various fields. These considered broad ranging issues, notably CBRN protection, social media use in emergency situations, public perceptions of Privacy and Security, public communication during epidemic outbreaks, the development of a Privacy impact assessment for Surveillance Technologies, and the ethical implications of Biometric Technologies.
Silvia also has interest and experience in International Development Cooperation. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.