Mario Giampietro (Rome, Italy, 1953) has BSc degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biological Sciences (Università la Sapienza, Rome), an MSc degree in Food System Economics, and a PhD in the Social Sciences (Wageningen University, the Netherlands). Currently he is ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. Previously he has held positions at the Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca per gli Alimenti e la Nutrizione (INRAN), Rome, Italy (1985-2007); Centro Formazione Assistenza allo Sviluppo, Viterbo, Italy (1983-1984); and Istituto Italo Africano, Rome, Italy (1983). He has been visiting fellow/professor at Cornell University (USA; 1987-89; 1992-95); the Joint Research Center of the European Commission (JRC) (Ispra, Italy, 1997-1998); Wageningen University (the Netherlands; 1997, 1998); University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA; 2002); Pennsylvania State University (USA; 2005-06); Arizona State University (USA; 2006-07); and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) (South Africa; 2012). He has been active in the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) (2005-07), and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2004-05). He is co-founder and permanent member of the International Organizing Committee of BIWAES–Biennial International Workshop on Advances in Energy Studies, and president of LIPHE4 Scientific Society (www.liphe4.org).
He has authored or co-authored over one hundred and fifty publications, including six books, in research themes such as multi-criteria analysis of sustainability; integrated assessment of scenarios and technological changes; alternative energy technologies (notably biofuel); energy analysis; biocomplexity and sustainability; multi-scale integrated analysis of societal and ecosystem metabolism; science for governance.