Alberto Gianoli

Dr Alberto Gianoli

Head of Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience Department, Associate Professor

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Alberto Gianoli (PhD) is an economist and management specialist who works as a researcher and consultant at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His main areas of expertise and interest include environmental economics and environmental finance, climate change adaptation and mitigation, green transitions, circular economy, environment and infrastructure, ecosystem services, decision-making analysis (cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, multi-criteria decision-making), data analysis (statistics, econometrics, machine learning), monitoring and evaluation, and impact studies. He has completed a wide range of research and consultancy assignments and has held various positions, including project coordinator, team leader, senior technical advisor, principal researcher and trainer. He has carried out assignments for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, United Nations (UNDP, UNEP, UN-HABITAT), OSCE and several national, regional and local governments worldwide. He has working experience in a number of countries, including Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Kosovo, Romania, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines, Bangladesh, Colombia and Curacao.

Olsonoski, A. and Gianoli, A. (2024). Water management for flood control in New Orleans: Key factors contributing to institutional inertia. Cities, 147, 104793, (First on 24 January 2024)
Quadros Aniche, L., Edelenbos, J., Gianoli, A., Caruso, R., DeLosRíos-White, M. I., Wissink-Nercua, C. P., Undabeitia, A., Enseñado, E. Mand Gharbia, S. (2024). Contextualizing and generalizing drivers and barriers of urban living labs for climate resilience. Environmental Policy and Governance, (First online 17 January 2024)
Zhang, X., Edelenbos, J. and Gianoli, A. (2024). Identifying modes of managing urban heritage: Results from a systematic literature review, City, Culture and Society, 36, 100560, (First online 03 December 2023).
Zhu, J., Gianoli, A., Noori, N., Jong, M. de and Edelenbos, J. (2024). How different can smart cities be? A typology of smart cities in China. Cities, 149, 104992, (First online 02 April 2024)
Elsamny, M. & Gianoli, A. (2023). Accelerating innovation for the Dutch bioeconomy transition: The case of biobased asphalt. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 66(1), 97-121. (First online 06 January 2022)
Lim, Y., Edelenbos, J. & Gianoli, A. (2023). Dynamics in the governance of smart cities: Insights from South Korean smart cities. International Journal of Urban Sciences, 27(sup1), 183-205. (First online 11 April 2022)
Endo, K., Edelenbos, J. and Gianoli, A. (2022). Sustainable infrastructure : a systematic literature review on finance arrangements and governance modes. Public Works Management & Policy (First online 15 November 2022)
Adamu, D. and Gianoli, A. (2021). Collaborative capacity of public–private partnerships in housing projects: case studies from Nigeria. In J. Fransen, M.P. van Dijk and J. Edelenbos, (Eds.) Urban planning, management and governance in emerging economies (pp. 186-203). Chelmsford: Edward Elgar.
Alade, T. and Gianoli, A. (2021). Knowledge and skill transfer in Addis-Ababa’s light-rail transport. in In J. Fransen, M. P. van Dijk and J. Edelenbos, (Eds.) Urban planning, management and governance in emerging economies (pp. 142-161). Chelmsford: Edward Elgar.
Endo, K., Gianoli, A. and Edelenbos, J. (2021). Coming to financial close in PPPs : identifying critical factors in the case of toll road projects in Indonesia, Public Works Management and Policy, 26(2), 115-143. (First online 27 April 2020)
Haas, S., Gianoli, A. and Eerd, M. van (2021). The roles of community resilience and risk appraisal in climate change adaptation: the experience of the Kannagi Nagar resettlement in Chennai. Environment and Urbanization, 33(2), 560-578. (First online 21 February 2021)
Ma, M., Rozema, J., Gianoli, A. and Zhang, W. (2021). The impacts of city size and density on CO₂ emissions : evidence from the Yangtze river delta urban agglomeration. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, (First online 04 October 2021)
Alade, T., Edelenbos, J. and Gianoli, A. (2020). Frugality in mult-actor interactions and absorptive capacity of Addis-Ababa light rail transport. Journal of Urban Management, 9 (1), 67-76, March. (First online 15 November 2019)
Alade, T., Edelenbos, J. and Gianoli, A. (2020). Sustainable approach to innovation adoption in light-rail transport, Sustainability, 12(3) 1262. (First online 10 February 2020)
Gianoli, A. and Bravo, F. (2020). Carbon tax, carbon leakage and the theory of induced innovation in the decarbonisation of industrial processes : the case of the Port of Rotterdam, Sustainability, 12(18), 7667. (First online 17 September 2020)
Gianoli, A. and Palazzolo Henkes, R. (2020) The evolution and adaptive governance of the 22@ innovation district in Barcelona, Urban Science, 4(2), 16. (First online 11 April 2020)
Gianoli, A., Sharma, S. and Kibret, G. G. (2020). The management of green spaces in Addis Ababa in the context of climate change. In J. A. Daniels (Ed.) Advances in environmental research : volume 74 (Advances in environmental research) (pp. 103-130). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Russell, M., Gianoli, A. and Grafakos, S. (2020). Getting the ball rolling : an exploration of the drivers and barriers towards the implementation of bottom-up circular economy initiatives in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 63(11), 1903-1926. (First online 10 December 2019)
Alade, T., Edelenbos, J. and Gianoli, A. (2019). Adapting urban light-rail transport to the African context : a process by transport authorities and Chinese rail corporations in Addis-Ababa, Abuja, and Lagos, Urban Science, 3(4), 109. (First online 03 December 2019)
Bhatnagar, R. and Gianoli, A. (2019). Water-for-energy in a climate change context - lessons learned from Cuenca, Ecuador. In: S. Nicklin, B. Cornwell and L. Trowbridge (Eds.), (2019). A better world : volume 5 : sustainable cities and communities : actions and commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (pp. 43-45). Leicester: Tudor Rose.
Gianoli, A. and Bhatnagar, R. (2019). Managing the water-energy nexus within a climate change context - lessons from the experience of Cuenca, Ecuador, Sustainability, 11(21), 5918. (First online 24 October 2019)
Lim, Y., Edelenbos, J. and Gianoli, A. (2019). Identifying the results of smart city development : findings from systematic review. Cities, 95, December, 102397. (First online 09 July 2019)
Lim Y., Edelenbos J. and Gianoli, A. (2019). Smart energy transition : an evaluation of cities in South Korea, Informatics, 6(4), 50. (First online 06 November 2019)
Ngo, H. V., Edelenbos, J. and Gianoli, A. (2019). Community participation and local government capacity in Vietnam : conditions for coproduction. Public Administration and Development, 39 (2), 104-118. (First online 02 January 2019) 
Wall, R., Grafakos, S., Gianoli, A. and Stavropoulos, S. (2019). Which policy instruments attract foreign direct investments in renewable energy? Climate Policy, 19(1), 59-72. (First online 27 May 2018)
Weststrate, J., Dijkstra, G., Eshuis, J., Gianoli, A. and Rusca, M. (2019). The Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation : learning from the Millennium Development Goals, Social Indicators Research, 143(2) 795-810. (First online 25 August 2018)
Weststrate, J., Gianoli, A., Eshuis, J. Dijkstra, G., Rusca, M. and Cossa, I.J., (2019). The regulation of onsite sanitation in Maputo, Mozambique, Utilities Policy, 61, December, 100968. (First online 07 November 2019)
Wall, R., Grafakos, S., Gianoli, A. and Stavropoulos, S. (2018). Policy instruments for attracting FDI in renewable energy. In UN Habitat, The state of African cities 2018 : the geography of African investment (pp. 204-213). Nairobi: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).
Ylema, M. and Gianoli, A. (2018). Infrastructure governance : causes for the poor sectoral coordination among infrastructure sectors of Addis Ababa, Cities, 83, 31 December, 165-172. (First online 28 July 2018)
Grafakos, S., Gianoli, A., Olivotto, V., Kaczmarski, C. (2017). Measuring the immeasurable : towards an integrated evaluation framework of climate change adaptation projects. In M. N. Madu and C-H. Kuei (Eds.) Handbook of disaster risk reduction and management (pp. 295-327). London: World Scientific Press and Imperial College Press.
Olivotto, V. and Gianoli, A. (2017). The urban governance of climate change adaptation : analyzing the public-private divide in Ho Chi Minh City. In M. P. van Dijk, J. Edelenbos and K. van Rooijen (Eds.) Urban governance in the realm of complexity (pp. 69-94). Rugby: Practical Action Publishing.
Gianoli, A. and Otgaar, A. (2016). Integrated housing development programme in Addis Ababa. In L. Carvalho; L. van den Berg; H. Galal and P. Teunisse (Eds.) Delivering sustainable competitiveness - revisiting the organising capacity of cities (EURICUR Series (European Institute for Comparative Urban Research)). London: Routledge.
Grafakos, S., Gianoli, A., Tsatsou, A. (2016). Towards the development of an integrated sustainability and resilience benefits assessment framework of urban green growth interventions, Sustainability, 8(5), 461. (First online 10 May 2016)
Dool, L. van den, Schaap, L., Hendriks, F., Gianoli, A. (2015). The continuing quest for good urban governance. In L. van den Dool; F. Hendriks; A. Gianoli and L. Schaap, The quest for good urban governance : theoretical reflections and international practices (Urban and Regional Research International book series (URI)) (pp. 203-223). Wiesbaden: Springer.
Dool, L. van den, Gianoli, A., Hendriks, F., Schaap, L. (2015). Introduction : good urban governance : challenges and values. In L. van den Dool; F. Hendriks; A. Gianoli and L. Schaap, The quest for good urban governance : theoretical reflections and international practices (Urban and Regional Research International book series (URI)) (pp. 11-28). Wiesbaden: Springer.

Dool, L. van den, Hendriks, F., Gianoli, A., Schaap, L. (2015). The quest for good urban governance : theoretical reflections and international practices, Wiesbaden: Springer.


Gianoli, A. and Bongwa, A. (2013). Financing urban infrastructure: challenges and options. In Africa infrastructure investment report (pp. 76-79). London, Commonwealth Publications.
Bergstrom, T., Gianoli, A. and Rao, N. (2012). Strong leadership and local democracy. In L. Schaap and H. Daemen (Eds.) Renewal in European democracies. Puzzles, dilemmas and options (Urban and Regional Research International book series (URI)) (pp. 119-143). Wiesbaden: Springer.
Ostaaijen, J. van, Gianoli, A. and Coulson. A. (2012). Added value of intra-municipal decentralisation : comparing Birmingham, Bologna and Rotterdam. In L. Schaap and H. Daemen (Eds.) Renewal in European democracies. Puzzles, dilemmas and options (Urban and Regional Research International book series (URI)) (pp. 145-163). Wiesbaden: Springer.
Penaranda, A. and Gianoli, A. (2011). Public service improvement initiatives in Developing Countries : the experience of the Citizens' Charter in Naga City, Philippines. Saarbrucken: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.
Gianoli, A. (2010). Local leadership and the directly elected mayor : the case of strategic city planning in Torino, Italy, Journal of Town and City Management, 1(2), 186-196.
Rianita, S., Gianoli, A. and Subanu, L. (2010). A regional cooperation towards a metropolitan region : analysis of Joint Secretariat Kartamantul, D.I. Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.
Gianoli, A. (2009). Local democratic governance: the management of complexity. Saarbrücken VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.
Odufuwa, B., Fransen, J., Bongwa, A. and Gianoli, A. (2009). Cities: theories and reality, Journal of Geography and Regional Planning, 2(10), 243-248.
Dauskardt, R., Gianoli, A. and van der Wegen, S. (2006). Starting a pro-poor Public Private Partnership for a basic urban service. New York: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Dauskardt, R., Gianoli, A. and Hofman, A. (2005). Global lessons learnt in Public Private Partnerships for the urban environment. New York: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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