Nicola da Schio

PhD Researcher

Junior researchers Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research Ecology & Environment Mobility & Transport Smart & ICT
  • Current position PhD Researcher
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    Department of Geography
    Faculty of Sciences
    Building F – Room 4.70
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Nicola da Schio is researcher and PhD student at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Brussels focal person for the Smarter Labs Project. Part of his assignment is working on the Brussels case study, focused on participatory approaches for measuring air quality and designing sustainable mobility policy at the neighbourhood and citywide scale. Before joining VUB Nicola worked with the United Nations Environment Programme on issues related to the urban environment and to sustainable development and as a freelance to promote pedestrian and cyclist mobility.  In the past he worked with different international institutions and NGOs in Western Europe, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. His current research is mainly focused on:

  • The governance of the urban and metropolitan commons
  • Urban mobility, accessibility and sustainable development
  • Living Labs approaches in the context of smart transport technology

Key publications 

FRYXELL Stellan, DA SCHIO Nicola, (2016) UNEP: The ABC for Sustainable Cities

DA SCHIO Nicola, FAGERLUND BREKKE Kathrine (2013) The relative carbon footprint of cities, working papers of “Programme Villes & Territoires”, Paris, Sciences Po

DA SCHIO Nicola (2013) Stimulating Renewable Energy through Public and Private Procurement, in ICLEI and IRENA: Renewable Energy Policy in Cities Selected Case Studies

DA SCHIO Nicola (2013) Local Government Regulation Ordinances and Laws to Promote Renewable Energy, in ICLEI and IRENA: Renewable Energy Policy in Cities Selected Case Studies

Educational background

2010– 2012   | MS in Metropolitan Governance & Public Policies (Distinction, summa cum laude), Sciences Po - Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, France

2009-2010   | Graduate Diploma in Economics, SOAS - School of Oriental and African Studies – London, UK

2006-2009   | BA in Political Sciences and International Relations (110/110 cum laude) Università degli Studi di Padova – Padua, Italy

Previous positions

2014 Nov.- ’16 May     | Sustainable Buildings & Cities Specialist at UNEP (Paris)

2014 Sept.- ’16 May     | Urban Ecologies Lecturer (Poitiers, Rouen, Hanoi)

2014 Apr. - ’16 May     | Urbanist, Researcher & Activist (different cities in Europe)

2013 Mar.-’14 Mar       | Partnership Officer at UNEP (Addis Ababa)

2012 Aug.-’13 Jan.       | Urban Research Assistant at ICLEI (Bonn)

2005 Sep.-’06 Sep.       | Assistant Project Manager at ENGiM ONG (Ibotirama - Brazil)