Elisa is an environmental law researcher at Ghent University at the Faculty of Law and Criminology in the Department of European, Public and International Law. For the DEEP REST project, she will explore the legal aspects related to deep-sea bed conservation and restoration under the supervision of Prof. Dr An Cliquet and Prof. Dr Klaas Willaert.
Elisa holds a Master’s degree in Law (University of Padua, IT) and an LL.M. in International and European Law (Ghent University, BE), where she also worked as a legal researcher on the application of the EU species protection law with respect to renewable energy projects across several EU countries.
After her studies and research experience at Ghent University, she worked for a couple of years in the European Parliament as a policy adviser on energy, biodiversity, agriculture, animal welfare and human health issues.
From 2019 to 2023, Elisa worked as a doctoral researcher at Hasselt University in the context of a FWO-SBO project. She has researched the legal aspects of biochar production and use, with particular attention to potential input materials, including waste materials and virgin natural resources, and regulation of impact assessment and industrial emissions associated with biochar production.
The common thread in the areas and topics she covered in the course of her various work and research experiences is the balancing of broader economic and industrial interests with environmental protection, conservation and restoration.