Roberta Biasillo

Membership:  2017/18

Member Bio

Roberta Biasillo is an environmental historian and is currently affiliated with the University of Roma 3, Italy. She holds a PhD in early modern and modern European history from the University of Bari, Italy. Her doctoral dissertation explores the interaction between forests and modernization in Italy in the nineteenth century. In 2016, she was a visiting scholar at the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, carrying out a project on a nineteenth-century Italian flood and the analysis of related intervention policy and practice. Her research areas also cover political ecology and environmental humanities, and research interests include property regimes, territorial and forest issues, and natural disasters. Roberta is a member of the European Society for Environmental History and a member of the editorial board of the Italian journal Historia Magistra. Rivista di Storia Critica. She has also been actively involved in integration activities for refugees and migrants, as well as detention center educational programs.


  • “Usi civici e demani comunali: da residuo culturale a residuo materiale. Linee evolutive dall’Unità alla crisi di fine secolo.” Proposte e Ricerche 70 (2013).
  • “Il tesoro della Nazione. La privatizzazione dei beni pubblici nell'Italia liberale.” Historia Magistra 13 (2013).
  • “Behind and Beyond the Italian Forest Legislation of the XIX Century.” In Integrating Social Sciences into Legal Research, 72–78. Vilnius University, 2014.
  • with Marco Armiero. “Seeing the Nation for the Trees: At the Frontier of the Italian Nineteenth Century Modernity.” Environment and History (forthcoming).