Tommaso Luzzati
Born:  13/04/1967
Address: Dipartimento di Economia e Management, Università di Pisa, v. Ridolfi 10, 56124 Pisa, ITALY

He is associate Professor of economics at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Pisa. He served as a director and/or vice director of the degrees in Regional and Environmental Economics (B.A), Peace Studies (B.A), Regional sustainable development and management (M.Sc.). He is member of IRTA-Leonardo research institute since its foundation, REMARC , CISP and CIRESS.
His research is mainly centered on the relationship between (un)economic growth, environmental degradation and human well-being, from an ecological economics perspective.

He is an editor of Ecological Economics , and board member of the European Society for Ecological Economics. He served as a member of the IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) contributing, as a leading author, to the Unit Regional Assessment for Europe and Central Asia. Expert for the European commission on the project H2020 Social Multi-Criteria Evaluation for ex-ante Impact Assessment (2019-21).

In June 2022, he acted as the chair of the LOC of the international conference XIV biennal meeting of the Society for Ecological Economics, in which more that 500 delegates participated


Current and past positions

Since 01.11.2006 Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Pisa (Italy)
1999-2006 Lecturer in Economics (University of Pisa)
1997/98 Post-doctorate fellowship, Dept. of Economics, University of Ancona
1996/97 Research assistant in the field of applied environmental economics, supervisor Prof. A.G. Calafati, Dept. of Economics, University of Ancona (Italy) 

1995/96 University of Warwick, visiting fellow (Scholarship of the University of Pisa for research abroad)
1993-94 M.Sc. in Economics, University of Warwick (UK)
University of Ancona, Ph.D. in Economics
Dissertation on “Social interdependencies and Economic Theory: conformism and the case of voluntary contribution”. Supervisor: prof. Giorgio Rodano.
1991 – 1992 Military duty as an officer in the Italian Navy.
1985-1990 University of Pisa, ITALY, first degree in Economics,
(also fellow of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento S.Anna, PISA)
Final Dissertation: “The French Approach to the microfoundation of Macroeconomics. The model by Malinvaud.”, supervisor Prof. Carlo Casarosa. Final marks 110/110 cum laude, 

His research is mainly centered on the relationship between economic growth and human well-being, within an ecological economics perspective. Recent research covers

  • pro-sociality and pro-environmental behaviour
  • the composite sustainability indicators debate,
  • the Environmental Kuznets Curve for Energy, CO2, Materials, and Cancer,
  • the sustainability of economic growth,
  • the work and ideas of K.W. Kapp.

He has also written on the economic consequences of endogenous preferences (conformism), on social norms, on behaviour and rationality, on local development.

Member of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), he participated as a lead authors to the Unit of Regional Assessment for Europe and Central Asia.

From 19/12/2019 to 31/10/2021 I acted as an expert for the European Commission in the project H2020 Social Multi-Criteria Evaluation for ex-ante Impact Assessment.

I participated, since their establishment, of the Centro Interdisciplinare in Scienze per la Pace dell’Università di Pisa and of the Istituto di Ricerca sul Territorio e l’ambiente “Leonardo”, particpating in the Scientific Commitee of the latter. Also, I am member of the scientific commitee of the edirial series Intorno all’Agorà (ETS-PISA). I am also member of the Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca sull’Energia per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (Ciress) dell’Università di Pisa

Ongoing projects

  • Autens (Autarchia Energetica Sostenibile) 2020-22 –  PRA Università di Pisa
  • Ecoesione ( funded by Italian ministry for Ecological transition
  • Locomotion H2020 ( “Low-carbon society:
    an enhanced modelling tool for the transition to sustainability”

He participated, also as the coordinator, to research groups on the local sustainable development in Tuscany. He participated to research funded by the Italian Ministry of the University (PRIN Research Programmes of National Interest) (1999-2000, 2000-02, 2003-04, 2006-08, 2009-10).
He acts as a reviewer for several journals in environmental/ecological economics and participates to examinations board for final exams of PhD Programmes.

He teaches Economics, Environmental and Ecological Economics, Sustainable Development at the University of Pisa. He also teaches in the PhD in Sustainable Development and Climate change – IUSS at the University of Pavia, in the master MAPROSS at University of L’Acquila and in the master SSCC at the University of Pisa.

Main Institutional Duties
2007-2011: Director of the B.A. degree in Regional and Environmental Economics (Economia del Territorio e dell’Ambiente) and M.Phil. degree in Regional sustainable development (Sviluppo e Gestione sostenibile del Territorio).
2011-12: Vicedirector of the B.A. in Peace Studies (Universiy of Pisa)

Selected publications

2022, Luzzati, T., Distefano, T., Ialenti, S., Andreoni V., 2022. The circular economy and longer product lifetime: framing the effects on working time and waste. Journal of Cleaner Production, 380, 134836.
2022, Luzzati, T., Tucci, I., & Guarnieri, P., 2022. Information overload and environmental degradation: learning from HA Simon and W. Wenders. Ecological Economics, 202, 107593.
2018 Luzzati, T., Orsini, M. and Gucciardi, G., 2018. A multiscale reassessment of the Environmental Kuznets Curve for energy and CO2 emissions. Energy policy, 122, pp.612-621.
2018 Luzzati, T., Parenti, A. and Rughi, T., 2018. Economic Growth and Cancer Incidence. Ecological Economics, 146, pp.381-396.
2015 Luzzati, T. and Gucciardi, G., A non-simplistic approach to composite indicators and rankings: an illustration by comparing the sustainability of the EU Countries. Ecological economics113, pp.25-38.
2015 Burgalassi, D. and Luzzati, T., 2015. Urban spatial structure and environmental emissions: A survey of the literature and some empirical evidence for Italian NUTS 3 regions. Cities,49, pp.134-148.
2014, Luzzati, T., Cheli, B. and Arcuri, S., 2014. Measuring the sustainability performances of the Italian regions. Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
2012, Farrell K.N.,van den Hove S., Luzzati T., “What lies beyond reductionism? Taking stock of inter-disciplinary research on ecological economics”, in Farrell K.N.,van den Hove S., Luzzati T., (eds.) Beyond Reductionism: a passion for interdiciplinarity, Routledge (ISBN: 978-0-415-47014-8).
2011, Floridi M., Pagni S., Falorni S., Luzzati T., An exercise in composite indicators construction: Assessing the sustainability of Italian regions, Ecological Economics, 70 (8), 1440-1447, ISSN 0921-8009. link al testo
2010, Luzzati T., “Economic Development, Environment and Society: Rediscovering Karl William Kapp”, in J.R. McNeill, J. A. Pádua , and Rangarajan M. (eds), As if Nature existed: environmental history and ecological economics, Oxford University Press (pp. 248. ISBN: 9780198064480.)
2010, D’alessandro S., Luzzati T., Morroni M., “Energy transition towards economic and environmental sustainability: feasible paths and policy implications”, Journal of Cleaner Production (8), 532–539.
2009, Luzzati T., “Human needs, sustainable development, and public policy: learning from K.W. Kapp (1910–1976)”, in Salvadori N. and Opocher A. (eds.), Long-run Growth, Social Institutions and Living Standards, Edward Elgar, 306-322
2009, Luzzati T. Orsini M., “Natural Environment and Economic Growth: looking for the energy-EKC”. Energy 34, 291–300
2003, Luzzati T., “Growth theory and the environment: how to include matter without making it really matter”, in Salvadori N. (a cura di) Economic Growth: A ‘Classical’ Perspective, 332-344, E. Elgar
2001, Di Pascoli S., Femia A., Luzzati T. “Natural gas, cars and the environment. A (relatively)’clean’ and cheap fuel looking for users”Ecological Economics, 38 (2), 179-189.
2000, Luzzati, T., “On the vacuity of the notion of efficiency in Economics”, Indian Journal of Applied Economics, Special Issue on Micro-Macro in Honour of Prof. Samuelson, 8 (2), 143-159, June
1999, Luzzati T., “Economic Theory and Conformism”, in Gallegati M. and Kirman A. (eds), Beyond the Representative Agent, Edward Elgar, 113-142
1999, Luzzati T. “A piece of evidence regarding the full rationality of economic agents”, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 155 (3), 567-572, September

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