Giuseppe T. Cirella, Professor

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Professor | Scientist | Human Geography

Director, Polo Center of Sustainability


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.), Griffith University, Australia

Habilitation (Dr. Hab.), University of Gdansk, Poland

Research background: Sustainability, Human (Economic) Geography, Environment, Interdisciplinary Societal Studies



Full List of publications can be found here:

Selected publications up to 2020:

[Journal Article] Zientara, P., Zamojska, A., and Cirella, G.T. (2020). Participatory urban governance: Multilevel study, PLoS ONE, 15(2): e0229095. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0229095

[Book] Cirella, G.T., and Russo, A. (Eds.) (2020). Sustainable Interdisciplinarity: Human-Nature Relations. Basel: MDPI Books. ISBN 978-3-03928-116-9

[Journal Article] Oniszczuk-Jastrząbek, A., Czermanski, E., and Cirella, G.T. (2020). Sustainable Supply Chain of Enterprises: Value Analysis, Sustainability, 12(1): su12010419; doi: 10.3390/su12010419

[Journal Article] Russo, A., and Cirella, G.T. (2019). Edible urbanism 5.0, Palgrave Communications, 5: 163; doi: 10.1057/s41599-019-0377-8

[Journal Article]  Cirella, G.T., Bąk, M., Koźlak, A., Pawlowska, B., and Borkowski, P. (2019). Transport innovations for elderly people, Research in Transportation Business and Management, 30: 100381; doi: 10.1016/j.rtbm.2019.100381

[Journal Article] Gemeda, B.S, Abebe, B.G., Paczoski, A., Xie, Y., and Cirella, G.T. (2019). What Motivates Speculators to Speculate?, Entropy, 22(1): e22010059; doi: 10.3390/e22010059

[Journal Article] Xie, Y., Wen, Y., and Cirella, G.T. (2019). Application of Ostrom’s Social-Ecological Systems Framework in Nature Reserves: Hybrid Psycho-Economic Model of Collective Forest Management, Sustainability 11(24): 6929; doi: 10.3390/su11246929

[Journal Article] Gemeda, B.S, Abebe, B.G., and Cirella, G.T. (2019). The Role of Land Speculators around the Urban Edge of Shashemene City, Ethiopia, European Journal of Sustainable Development Research, 4(1): em0108.

[Journal Article] Kim, M.,  Xie, Y., and Cirella, G. T. (2019). Sustainable Transformative Economy: Community-Based Ecotourism, Sustainability, 11, 4977; doi:10.3390/su11184977

[Journal Article] Aghmashhadi, A. H., Cirella, G. T., Zahedi, S., and Kazemi, S. (2019). Water resource policy support system of the Caspian Basin. AIMS Environmental Science, 6(4): 242-261.

[Journal Article] Paczoski, A., Abebe, S. T., and Cirella, G. T. (2019). Debt and Deficit Growth Rate Reporting for Post-Communist European Union Member States. Social Sciences, 8, 173; doi:10.3390/socsci8060173.

[Journal Article] Abebe, S. T., Dagnew, A. B., Zeleke, V. G., Eshetu, G. Z., and Cirella, G. T. (2019). Willingness to Pay for Watershed Management. Resources, 8, 77;

[Journal Article] Cirella, G. T., Iyalomhe, F. O., and Adekola, P. O. (2019). Determinants of Flooding and Strategies for Mitigation: Two-Year Case Study of Benin City. Geosciences, 9, 136;

[Journal Article] Cirella, G. T., Mtizi, C., and Iyalomhe, F. O. (2018). Public transportation solutions in Southern Africa: Case study Zimbabwe and South Africa. Research Journal of the University of Gdansk: Transport Economics and Logistics, 79, 77-86.

[Journal Article] Russo, A., and Cirella, G.T. (2018). Modern Compact Cities: How Much Greenery Do We Need? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15, 2180; doi:10.3390/ijerph15102180.

[Journal Article] Cirella, G. T., and Iyalomhe, F. O. (2018). Flooding Conceptual Review: Sustainability-Focalized Best Practices in Nigeria. Applied Sciences, 8, 1558;

[Journal Article] Cirella, G. T., Iyalomhe, F. O., Jensen, A., and Akiyode, O. O. (2018). Exploring Community of Practice in Uganda’s Public Sector: Environmental Impact Assessment Case Study. Sustainability, 10, 2502; doi:10.3390/su10072502.

[Journal Article] Russo, A., Escobedo, F. J., Cirella, G. T., and Zerbe, S. (2017). Edible green infrastructure: Prioritization of urban provisioning ecosystem services and related disservices. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 242: 53-66.

[Journal Article] Iyalomhe, F., Cirella, G. T., Russo, A., Jensen, A., and Idogho, P. (2017).  Environmental management systems for Nigeria’s higher education: Two-year pilot analysis. Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, 18(2): 84-110.

[Book Chapter] Russo, A., and Cirella, G. T. (2017). Biophilic Cities: Planning for Sustainable and Smart Urban Environments. In Aijaz, R. (Ed.) "Smart Cities Movement in BRICS", Observer Research Foundation and Global Policy Journal: Wiley-Blackwell, 14 March 2017, pp. 153-159.

[Journal Article] Cirella, G. T., Iyalomhe, F. O., and Russo, A. (2016). Vulnerability and risks related to climatic events in urban coastal environments: Overview of actuality and challenges of methodologies and approaches. Journal of Urban Planning, Landscapes & Environmental Design, 1(1): 67-76.

[Journal Article] Cirella, G. T., and Zerbe, S. (2015). Index of sustainable functionality: Procedural developments and application in Urat Front Banner, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, 10(2): 15-31.

[Book] Cirella, G. T., and Zerbe, S. (Eds.) (2014). Sustainable water management and wetland restoration in settlements of continental-arid Central Asia. Italy: Bozen University Press.

[Book Chapter] Cirella, G. T., Semenzin, E., Critto, A. and Marcomini, A. (2014). Ch. 16: Natural hazard risk assessment and management methodologies review: Europe. In Linkov, I. (Ed.) “Sustainable Cities and Military Installations", NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security. Springer: pp. 329-358.

[Journal Article] Li, L., Han, W., Thevs, N., Jia, X., Ji, C., Jin, D., He, P., Schmitt, A. O., Cirella, G. T., and Zerbe, S. (2014). A Comparison of the Functional Traits of Common Reed (Phragmites australis) in Northern China: Aquatic vs. Terrestrial Ecotypes. PLoS ONE, 9(2): e89063.

[Journal Article] Cirella, G. T., and Zerbe, S. (2014). Quizzical societies: A closer look at sustainability and principles of unlocking its measurability. The International Journal of Science in Society, 5(3): 29-45.

[Journal Article] Cirella, G. T. (2013). Turkish regionalism: Partnerships, tactfulness and national interests with Europe and beyond. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, 8(1): 23-32.

[Book] Cirella, G. T. (2011). Sustainability assessment: Developing a quantitative multi-criteria method with application in Queensland, Australia. Germany: LAP.

[Journal Article] Cirella, G. T., and Tao, L. (2010). The index of sustainable functionality: An application for measuring sustainability. International Journal of Human and Social Sciences, 5(5): 279-285. [WASET 2009 republished from the International Journal of Social, Management, Economics and Business Engineering, 3(4): 28-34.]

[Journal Article] Cirella, G. T., and Tao, L. (2009). The missing bottom line: A design perspective on the history of sustainability. Design Principles and Practice: An International Journal, 3(1): 197-211.

[Journal Article] Cirella, G. T., and Tao, L. (2009). An adaptive quantitative method to measure sustainability: An application for the State of Queensland, Australia. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 5(1): 127-139.

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