Jacopo Baggio

Jacopo is Assistant Professor of human-environmental modelling at Utah State University, department of Environment and Society. He holds a BA in Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Milan Bicocca, a Master in Development Economics and a PhD in International Development from the University of East Anglia. He worked as a Postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Behavior, Institution and the Environment (CBIE), Arizona State University. His current research focuses on understanding and managing Social-Ecological systems. 

Research Interests

A brief, very general introduction to my work can be also found here: 


My current research focuses on analyzing and modelling social-ecological systems.  My main research can be divided into two macro areas.  
  1. One focuses on the conditions under which collective action succeeds in human societies, analyzing what drives collective action and how it is influenced by uncertainty.  
  2. The other centers upon social-ecological networks, characterizing inter-dependencies between biodiversity, food, water, energy and decision making.
Both line of research complement each other, it is not possible to understand our complex world only by looking and one specific "sector" in isolation. The interaction between the social, the ecological and the technology at our disposal is of paramount importance to devise robust systems apt to withstand the future challenges.

Curriculum Vitae PDF

On the Web and In the Press

Our paper on Multiplex analysis of social-ecological networks was featured in the Atlas of Science: http://atlasofscience.org/how-social-changes-affect-community-robustness-more-than-resource-depletion/

Our paper on analyzing and diagnosing scale mismatches via social-ecological networks was featured on SIAM news: https://sinews.siam.org/Details-Page/network-science-for-environmental-problem-solving

Our paper on Multiplex Networks Northern Alaska, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) was mentioned on Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161201115638.htm and on USU Today http://www.usu.edu/today/index.cfm?id=56366&nl=502

Our project on Social Intelligence, IQ and ability of groups to adapt to changing envirioments was featured on Utah Public Radio:

Following is a video of a presentation given to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in which i discuss the importance of collaborations among agencies and stakeholders to address growing ecological challenges:

Following is a webinar where Michael Schoon, Jennifer Hodbod and I discuss the "Principles for Building Resilience: Sustaining Ecosystem Services for Social-Ecological System", book edited by Reinette Biggs, Maja Schlüter and Michael Schoon:

Recently our work on managing connectivity in fragmented landscape to avoid extinction events was featured on Conservation Corridor.org:


Following is a brief summary (in spanish) of a symposium i was invited to, organized by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, in Mexico City, Mexico:  Coloquio Internacional de Resiliencia: Una aproximación multidisciplinar al Cambio Climático.


And here is a brief summary (in spanish) and presentation of another symposium organized by Fundación Natura Colombia to which i was invited to in Bogota, Colombia: Coloquio: Experiencias desde los sistemas de monitoreo agroclimático.
http://www.natura.org.co/generales/coloquio-experiencias-desde-los-sistemas-de-monitoreo-agroclimatico.html

I am also part of a project on energy mapping in order to facilitate project siting and community participation in decision making. More about this project can be found at the following link:
http://www.energymaps.org/about.htm#our-research

Contact Details

Office: NR 336
Department of Environment & Society
Utah State University
5215 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5215

e-mail: 'jacopo.baggio@usu.edu'