Maria Paradiso

Ordinary Member of the Governing Board 2021 – 2024

Nationality: Italian
Country of residence: Italy
Discipline: Geography
Born in: 1966


Academic background

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Professor Maria Paradiso, Doctor in Political Geography (University of Trieste, Sorbonne and other Consortiated) 1993, Msc with Honour (Magna cum laude) in Political Sciences University of Naples Federico II 1988; Post msc degree master in Urban Planning with grant (Polytechnic of Tutin-Eni_IRI 1991), Full Professor of Economic and Political Geography at the University of Milan Statale; founder member of University Sannio in Benevento (Italy), she is a the founder and Chair of Human Mobility, Governance, Environment, Space Section of Academia Europaea (London); formerly she has served as the Chair of Academia Europaea Social Sciences Section. Maria is founder and the first Chair of the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission Mediterranean Basinâ. She has served as Vice Chair of the IGU Commission – Geography of Information Society – till 2012 and has been contributing since 2001 to the development nationally and internationally of this new field of research in Geography with an interdisciplinary perspective. She has been Primary Coordinator of FP7 People Marie Curie IRSES MEDCHANGe – Euromediterranean changing relationships 612639, a research and mobility Euromediterranean partnerships with 9 Universities from Europe, North Africa, Middle East. Maria got teaching, conference, and research invitations by several Universities and Academies from all over the world such as the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, Lexington University, Sorbonne Paris, University of Toulouse, Le Havre, the National University of Seoul, University of Tokyo and Waseda, University of Ankara, Istanbul, Hassan II Mohammed Casablanca, Cadi Ayyad Marrakesh, CERES Tunis, Israeli Academy of Science and University of Cape Town. Sge got sponsorships by many international and national scientific and granting bodies. Her main interest in last years has been the exploration of changes in the Mediterranean relationships through narratives of people in mobilities across the Mediterranean and the better understanding of cultural dialogue and human development. Now she is starting cooperation and new endeavours in Marine studies (oceans and seas as social spaces). She has been actively engaged in equal opportunities issues on her previous campus and nationally in the Italian geographical community. Maria is author or editor of five books, dozens of edited books or journal issues and more than 100 papers in English, French, Italian.


Past and current positions

  • University of Naples Federico II, Department of Humanistic Sciences DSU (Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici)
  • Chair, Social Sciences Section, Academia Europaea (London)
  • Board, Academia Europaea (London)
  • Social Sciences Committee; Advisory Board, Academia Europaea, Mediterranean Hub in Barcelona
  • IGU International Geographical Union’s Commission Mediterranean Basinâ – COMB, representative for EMUNI-Euro Mediterranean University
  • Primary Coordinator, EUFP7 People Marie Curie IRSES, MEDCHANGe 612639
  • Representative of Italy in IGU-International Geographical Union, CNR-National Council of Research
  • Chair, Italian National Committee for IGU-International Geographical Union
  • Associate Director, NETCOM-Networks an Communication Journal, Montpellier

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