2020, Postdoctoral research fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen

2018 – 2019, Postdoctoral research fellow at the Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders” at the Goethe University Frankfurt.


2013-2017, Tilburg University: PhD in Environmental Politics; under the supervision of Hans Lindahl, Daniel Augenstein, and George Pavlakos.

2011-2012, London School of Economics: MSc in Philosophy of the Social Sciences – Distinction

2009-2011, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele: MA in Social and Political Philosophy – 110/110 cum laude

2010, Erasmus University Rotterdam: Visiting MA Student at the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics

2006-2009, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele: BA in Philosophy – 110/110 cum laude

Additional training

July 2013, University of Wien: Summerschool in Climate Studies


[11] Saving Liberalism through Meaningful Choices. Restating the Case for an Individual Carbon Card, in New Political Economy. Online first. [article]

[10] Sconfienza, U. “The normative orders of the Anthropocene”. In Kettermann, M. (ed.) Normative Orders, New Perspectives of Research, Campus: Frankfurt/New York, pp. 165-182, 2020. [book chapter]

[9] Limits. Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care by Giorgos Kallis in Environmental Politics, 29 (2), pp. 360-361, 2020. [book review]

[8] Incomplete Ecological Futures, in World Futures, 76 (1), pp. 17-38, 2020. [article]

[7] The Post-Sustainability Trilemma, in Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 21 (6), pp. 769-784, 2019. [article]

[6] Ecomodernist metaphors: What they reveal and what they hide, in Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 9 (2), pp. 247-249, 2019. [article]

[5] What can environmental narratives tell us about forestry conflicts? The case of REDD+, in International Forestry Review, 19 (1), pp. 98-112, 2017. [article]

[4] The narrative of public participation in environmental governance and its normative presuppositions, in Review of European, Comparative, International, Environmental Law (RECIEL), 24 (2), pp. 139-151, 2015. [article]

[3] “The We-mode problems in defining institutions”, in (eds.) Chaparro Amaya, van Roermund, Herrera Romero, Who Are We?: or How (Not) To Talk in First Person Plural, Editorial URosario, pp. 89-116, 2015. (in Spanish) [book chapter]

[2] “Institutions without actions”, in (eds.) Fadda, Giovagnoli, Givigliano, Stancati, The Nature of Social Reality, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. [book chapter]

[1] Challenging the constitutive rules inviolability dogma, in Phenomenology and Mind, vol.3, pp. 127-138, 2012. (with Guglielmo Feis) [article]

Reports – Blog posts

Sconfienza, U. 2020. Tracking post-sustainability narratives in perceptions of COVID-19 climate change nexus. Global Cooperation Research Quarterly Magazine 20 (1).

Cutter, A. Sconfienza, U. Ullah, F., 2014. “Tests of success for the Sustainable Development Goals. A tool for Designing and Assessing Sustainable Development Goals and Targets”. Published on the website of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future.

Conforth, J. Becuwe, J. Sconfienza, U., 2014. “SDGs Focus Areas: Stakeholder Proposals for goals and target”. Published on the website of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future.

Sconfienza, U. An analysis of forests in the emerging SDGs framework. 22nd July 2014, Guest blog post on the future of forest in the new UN agenda.


2013 – 2014 Teaching Assistant, Philosophy of Law. Course organiser: Daniel Augenstein

2015 – Lecturer for the modules “Ethics and Climate Change”, Summerschool Addressing global challenges: An international law perspective. Tilburg University.

Other activities

January – May 2014, Project Assistant, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (London, UK)


Populism and Environmental Protection: friends or foes? Global Cooperation Centre Research Colloquium, Duisburg, 18 May 2020.

Saving liberalism through meaningful choices. Legal theory seminar, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg, 13 February 2020.

The Environmental Trilemma. 6th International Degrowth Conference “Dialogues in Turbulent Times”, Malmo, 21-25 August 2018.

The Environmental Trilemma and Its Pitfalls. Legal Theory Seminar, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, 27 March 2018.

The Environmental Trilemma and Its Pitfalls. Politics seminar series, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 31 January 2018.

Environmental narratives and their normative presuppositions. Ph.D. Conference Globalisation and Legal Theory, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, 16-29 May 2016.

Commodification and growth assumptions within radical environmentalism scholarship. Ph.D. Days Conference, Scuola Superiore di Catania (University of Catania), Catania, 25-27 June 2015.

Marketization of nature and “environmental blackmail”: A post-colonialist perspective. 11th Conference of the International Society for Environmental Ethics “Environmental Philosophy and the Anthropocene Epoch”, State University of Colorado, Allesnpark (CO), 17-20 June 2014.

Marketization of nature and “environmental blackmail”: A post-colonialist perspective. Poster presentation at the Conference “Climate Change Research in Practice: Addressing Speed, Scale and Scope”, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester, Manchester, 23-25 April 2014.

When the providers pose conditions. How providers of ecosystem services can take back permanent sovereignty over the natural resources. Presentation during the Summerschool “Climate Studies”, VISU, University of Wien, Wien, July 2013.

Environmental blackmail? The Yasunì-ITT Initiative (Ecuador) and the “Creating incentives” report (Guyana). Ph.D. Conference Globalisation and Legal Theory, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, 30 May 2013.

Challenging the constitutive rules inviolability dogma, SIFA (Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy), 20th Anniversary Conference “The Answers of Philosophy”, University of Sassari, Alghero, 12-15 September 2012. (with Guglielmo Feis)

Structuring constitutive rules: A parametric shift, 8th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication “Games, game theory and game semantics: philosophical and scientific perspectives”, University of Latvia, Riga, 18 -20 May 2012. (with Guglielmo Feis)