Ilaria Espa

1985

Professor at Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Ticino

"I also like working to improve global economic governance and fight climate change, and having the privilege to be a part of an engaged community."

My career path

I’m an assistant professor in international economic law at Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), a senior research fellow at the University of Bern’s World Trade Institute, and an associate professor at the University of Milan. My areas of expertise are international economic law, international environmental law and European Union law. I’ve published a lot on subjects that are at the crossroads of trade and sustainable development, especially climate change, energy and raw materials. I also research laws that regulate the equitable management of natural resources from a multi-level governance perspective.

I like interacting with students and being able to deepen my knowledge. I also like working to improve global economic governance and fight climate change, and having the privilege to be a part of an engaged community.

My career path. After I earned my PhD from Bocconi University, I started my Marie Curie fellowship at the World Trade Institute. I had the support of my parents and friends throughout my studies, and I now have my partner and son to support me as well.

A downside or obstacle ? I’m a bit too anxious. Women are clearly underrepresented in academia. Since it’s highly competitive and you have to move around a lot, it’s not easy when you have a family with children.

I’m proud that my research on mechanisms to regulate international trade can help to ensure sustainable development.

The Proust Questionnaire

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Au-delà de votre profession

Ma famille et mes amitiés et voyager.

Des personnes qui vous inspirent

Samantha Cristoforetti, et William Nordhaus.

Un livre & un film

The Willing World (James Bacchus) et Planet Earth (Alastair Fothergill/BBC).

Un modèle

Les «mentors» que j’ai eu le privilège de connaître durant mes études doctorales et postdoctorales.

Un objet

Mes lunettes

Une couleur

Le bleu

Un rêve

Atteindre les objectifs de développement durable.