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People, the World and Sustainable Development

 

It is increasingly difficult to distinguish between academic and non-academic interests. Most of us researchers and teachers are driven in our daily work by our own personal curiosity. In other words, we do what we love.

If I were asked to summarize my main interests or rather drivers in a few words, I would say that People, the World and Sustainable Development is what I am passionate about.


I have always been enthusiastic about discovering new contexts while interacting with different individuals from all over the world. I am particularly driven by the opportunity to learn from others, but I am also thrilled when I can use my research and teaching to support them. I very much care about social issues, such as poverty and gender inequality, but also environmental challenges. I see my academic work as a means to achieve long-term change for those who need it the most.


This love for People, the World and Sustainable Development is mirrored in my mindset and lifestyle. I have been blessed by the opportunity to live in three different continents and ten countries throughout my life. Thanks to that, I have mastered the ability to speak multiple languages and I have been exposed to numerous perspectives that have often questioned and helped me reconsider my own beliefs. I must admit that my previous career in the fashion industry in Asia and Europe was key to develop my awareness of social issues, helping me appreciate even more the significance and responsibility of being an academic.


Although I define myself as a global citizen, I am particularly fascinated by the markets of South and South East Asia as well as their local culture. It is in there that I conduct my research and that I feel I can really contribute to make our world a better place.