Silvia is an Associate of GSDM and she is currently 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 relevant branches of International Law, including Arms Control and Disarmament, Counter-terrorism, Disaster Risk Reduction/Management and Global Public Health. In parallel, Silvia has been conducting research on the evolving role of the European Union (EU) in Risk and Crisis Management. An experienced and adept researcher, she has been managing and contributing to EU funded research projects on ethical and societal issues raised by Emerging Technologies deployed in different domains for 9 years.
Since June 2016, Silvia has been serving as a research fellow at the Institute of Law, Politics and Development (DIRPOLIS) of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, where she is responsible for the EU H2020 funded project 'Anywhere'. This project is developing a pan-European platform including Early Warning Systems and Self-Protection tools to anticipate and respond to extreme weather and climate emergencies. Her project related responsibilities have included the analysis of the applicable International and EU Legal frameworks, as well as the provision of guidance on ethical and human rights implications raised by the project’s technological solutions.
Silvia has particular expertise on the international obligations governing CBRN risks broadly defined, the focus of her doctoral research. 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, from Prevention to Preparedness, Response and Recovery. 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, and at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex. Silvia is currently postdoctoral researcher at the DIRPOLIS Institute and she is collaborating with the Italian Red Cross on the EU funded Heimdall Project that aims at developing technological tools for data exchange in multi-organisation and cross-border emergency contexts.
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 research projects touched upon different themes, including Chemical, Biological and Radio-Nuclear origin (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 has also interest and experience in International Development Cooperation. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.