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Piero Morseletto teaches the elective course ‘Circular Economy, Strategies and Business Models’ at the Rotterdam School of Management. He holds a PhD in Environmental Policy and Analysis from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, an MPhil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge, and a BS + MS in Economics from the University of Trento. He also conducted study and research activity at UC Berkeley, Jochi Daigaku, the University of Exeter, the University of Virginia, the University of Milan, and the London School of Economics. While living in Japan, he earned a mini-MBA as part of the Japan Market Entry Competition; here, with his team, he assisted a multinational corporation in approaching the Japanese market.

Dr Morseletto researches the Circular Economy focusing on theoretical aspects (e.g., principles and strategies) and applied solutions in the economy and society. He also conducts research on environmental governance and investigates remedies to major environmental problems, such as, climate change, biodiversity loss and chemical pollution. His published articles have appeared in academic journals such as ‘Resources, Conservation and Recycling’, ‘Global Environmental Change’, the ‘Journal of Industrial Ecology’, ‘Environmental Science & Policy’, ‘Sustainability Science’, and ‘Circular Economy and Sustainability’. His work received nominations and awards such as the Oran Young prize, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) award as best reviewer of Assessment Report 5 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and he was shortlisted for the Graedel prize for the ‘Journal of Industrial Ecology’ best paper.

His previous professional experience includes working at the UNESCO Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He also established a biotech company (sold after a few years) that applied sustainability and circular economy principles.

Early in his career, Piero worked for JETRO and Kajima Constructions as part of the Executive Training Programme Japan of the European Commission.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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