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Research interests

Anna Berti Suman is a PhD researcher at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society. Her PhD project aims at investigating how Citizen Sensing, grassroots-driven monitoring initiatives based on sensor technology, influences the governance of environmental health risk and how the practice can be integrated with institutional models of risk governance through its social and policy uptake. Besides academia, Anna volunteers for non-governmental organizations on environmental matters.

Anna has a background in Law from the University of Bologna (BA, MA, cum laude) and Transnational Law from the University of Geneva. Her specializations are Health Law and Technology, International and European Environmental Law, and Sustainable Innovation. She also holds a solid education in Comparative Constitutionalism and Constitutional Law. She has work and research experience in the health sector (Royal Brompton and Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals, London), Extractive Industries (Unión de Afectados y Afectadas por las Operaciones Petroleras de Texaco, Ecuador) and Water Law (Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe, and Fundación Chile, Chile).

From November 2018, Anna will be conducting part of her PhD research at the European Commission Joint Research Center, investigating the contribution of Citizen Science to environmental policies. Anna is part of the University Council of Tilburg University as member of the employees’ party “The Independents”. Anna was formerly member of the Tilburg Law School PhD Council Board as Policy Advisor for Sustainability. She is Member of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research and of the Italian Society for Social Studies of Science and Technology. She is part of the team of LabGov - Laboratory for the Governance of the City as a Commons of LUISS University, Rome. Anna is IEEE General Member, and Specific Member of IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and of IEEE Computer Society. She is also member of the Geneva Association of Comparative and Transnational Law, of the Italian Bone Marrow Donor Registry and of the Global Environmental Justice Network. She is part of CoRenewal, non-profit organization aimed to ecosystem restoration and health.


Volunteer Legal Analyst The People vs. Arctic Oil and Haze Litigation (February 2017 - Present)                  Greenpeace International - Legal Unit, Amsterdam (The Netherlands) 

Pro-bono Environmental Lawyer (December 2017 - Present)                                                                    Studio Legale Giampietro, Rome (Italy)                                                        

Environmental Law Specialist (September 2015 - September 2016)
Unión de Afectados por las Operaciones Petroleras de Texaco, Quito (Ecuador)

Water Law & Policy Analyst (October 2014 - August 2016)
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Santiago (Chile)

Water CSR Project Assistant (November 2014 - January 2015)
Fundación Chile - Agua y Medio Ambiente, Santiago (Chile)

Health Law Specialist  (June 2013 - September 2013)
Chelsea Community Hospital School, Royal Brompton and Chelsea Hospitals, London (UK)

Trainee at Law Firm (September 2012 - May 2013)
Studio Legale Pennica Ziosi, Bologna (Italy)


Law, Technology & Health Teaching Assistant (September 2016 - Present)
Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, Tilburg University (The Netherlands)

Summer School organizer on extractives industries' Monitoring Technologies & Law (Summer 2017)         Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, Tilburg University (The Netherlands)


Current courses

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Education/Academic qualification

Law, Master’s Degree, University of Bologna

Sep 2011Jul 2015


  • Citizen Science
  • Environmental Law
  • Risk Governance
  • Health Law
  • Public Health
  • Science And Technology Studies
  • Technology And Ethics
  • Human Rights

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Research Output 2015 2018

Challenges for citizen science and the EU open science agenda under the GDPR

Berti Suman, A. & Pierce, R., 2018, In : European Data Protection Law Review. 4, 3, p. 284-295 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issueScientificpeer-review

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La partecipazione cittadina nel monitoraggio dell’inquinamento acustico da espansione aeroportuale: Il caso di Amsterdam Schiphol

Berti Suman, A., 2018, In : Ambiente & Sviluppo. 2018, 4, p. 240-245 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Multilateral perspectives concerning the rights to water and corporate social responsibility

Berti Suman, A., May 2018, Advances in environmental research. Nova Science Publishers Inc, Vol. 62. p. 255-266 12 p. (Advances in Environmental Research; vol. 62).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Activities 2014 2018

HRs-based Citizen Sensing for a co-governance of the risk

Anna Berti Suman (Speaker)
Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Brocher Foundation

Anna Berti Suman (Visiting researcher)
Aug 2018Sep 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

‘Citizen Science from below and from above’, the 7th STS Italia Conference ‘Technoscience from Below’

Anna Berti Suman (Contributor)
Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific

European Commission Joint Research Centre Institute

Anna Berti Suman (Visiting researcher)
Nov 2018Oct 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific


Anna Berti Suman (Visiting researcher)
Jan 2018 → …

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

Prizes / Recognition

Alumni Fund Award

Anna Berti Suman (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)