Giorgio Osti

Sociologist of Environment and Territory, FiSPPA-Università di Padova



Orcid 0000-0002-6014-3113,



In 1983 he graduated in sociology at the University of Trento where he obtained a doctorate in sociology and social research. First researcher and then associate professor of Sociology of the environment and the territory at the University of Trieste from 1993-2020 and with the same title since 2020 at the University of Padua. He qualified as Full Professor in 2013 and 2019.

His research areas concern the development processes of fragile areas, the figure of the agricultural innovator; consent for natural parks, the origin of the environmental crisis, environmental associations and participation in waste management, as well as energy communities, rivers and rolling basins. He was also a member of the Italian group FP6-CITIZENS-2 Research, “A Cognitive Approach to Rural Sustainable Development: the dynamics of expert and lay knowledges” (CORASON, 2004-2006). He was coordinator and member of research units of research projects of relevant national interest (PRIN), 2001-2018.

He was on the editorial advisors board of the magazine “Sociologia Ruralis” 2000-04 and of the Board of the Research Network 12 ‘Environment and Society’ of ESA, 2003-2107, of the scientific council section “Territory” of AIS, from 2010 to 2013. He is part of the Teaching Board Doctoral Program in Sociology and Social Research of the University of Bologna 2017-2021. She has also been part of the Environment and Society network since 1996, of the “Energy and Society of RN 12 of ESA, since 2012, and of the Community of ‘Aree Fragili’ since 2006.

Recent Publication

Osti, G., Carrosio G. Nested markets in marginal areas: Weak prosumers and strong food chains, Journal of Rural Studies, 76, 2020, pp. 305-313

Magnani, N., Carrosio G., Osti. G. Energy retrofitting of urban buildings: A socio-spatial analysis of three mid-sized Italian cities, Energy Policy, 139, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111341

Osti, G. Above, Beside, Under: Three Ways Social Technical Disciplines Can Work Together in the Energy Transition, Tecnoscienza. Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, 10(2) 2019, pp. 127-139

Osti, G. Ludic Scopes for Environmental Crisis and Education. NATURE + CULTURE, 14, 2019, pp. 107-118

Osti, G. The uncertain games of energy transition in the island of Sardinia (Italy), Journal of Cleaner Production, 205, 2018, pp. 681-689

Osti, G. Migrants to rural areas as a social movement: insights from Italy, Bio-based and Applied Economics, 6(3), 2017, pp. 243-257

Osti, G. The anti-flood detention basin projects in northern Italy. New wine in old bottles? Water Alternatives, 10(2), 2017, pp. 265-282

Osti, G. Storage and Scarcity. New Practices for Food, Energy and Water, Routledge, London and New York, 2016

Osti, G. Socio-spatial relations: an attempt to move space near society, Poliarchie/Polyarchies, 4, 2015, pp. 1-24

Magnani, N., G. Osti, Does civil society matter? Challenges and strategies of grassroots initiatives in Italy’s energy transition, Energy Research & Social Science, 13, 2016, 148-157