Nicola da Schio

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  • Current position PhD Researcher
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Nicola da Schio is PhD researcher at the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). As a researcher and as an activist, he is interested in the uneven geographies and knowledges of urban socio-ecological good and bad, as well as in the nexus between science, state, and civil society as the place where these come to be established and contested. Thematically, his research focuses on air pollution and the urban forest.

Before joining VUB, he worked with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on issues related to the urban environment, and cycled through Europe to explore and promote ecomobility practices. He has also previously worked with different international institutions, local government associations, and NGOs in Western Europe, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nicola holds an MA in urban governance from Science Po, Paris, where he mainly focused on urban ecology and the commons. He also has a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies of London (SOAS) and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Padua. Nicola is fluent in Italian, English, French, and Portuguese, and speaks German and Dutch. 


DA SCHIO N. (2020). Self-portraits of Personal Exposure to Air Pollution: On Where and When People are Exposed, and on Why it is Difficult to Avoid. Human Ecology 48.4 (August). 
[open access]

DA SCHIO, N. , & Vandenbroucke, A. (2020). Les États Généraux de l’Air de Bruxelles 2019. In De Vijfhoek Voorbij. Het Metropolitane Stadscentrum van Brussel. Brussels: ULB & VUB PRESS.

Wayens, B, Decroly, J-M., Strale, M., DA SCHIO  N., Keserü, I., Wiegmann, M., & Perilleux, H. (2020). Pedestrianisation of a multifunctional space: challenges and early observations on the Metropolitan City Centre. In S. Vermeulen, A. Mezoued, & J-P. De Visscher (eds.), Towards a Metropolitan City-centre for Brussels. Brussels: ULB & VUB PRESS.

Fransen K., DA SCHIO N., Phillips A. , Roitsch D., Derks J. & De Vreese R 2020, Green spaces & urban forests during the COVID-19 pandemic, in CLEARING HOUSE blog 

DA SCHIO Nicola, Parks for kings, parks for cars, parks for people, in CLEARING HOUSE blog

DA SCHIO Nicola, Haase D., Scheuer S., Basnou C., Davies C., Fransen K., Roitsch D., Jin J., De Vreese R., Kilpi K., 2020, Stories on trees & Viruses: Urban forests & Green space during Covid-19 pandemic, in CLEARING HOUSE blog,

DA SCHIO, Nicola, BOUSSAUW Kobe, SANSEN Joren (2019), Accessibility versus air pollution: a geography of externalities in the Brussels agglomeration, in Cities [pdf]

Dijk, M., DA SCHIO, N., Diethart, M., Höflehner, T., Wlasak, P., Castri, R., Cellina, F., Boussauw, K., Cassiers, T., Chemin, L., Cörvers, R., de Kraker, J., 

Kemp, R., van Heur, B. (2019). How to anticipate constraints on upscaling inclusive Living Lab experiments, SmarterLabs project 2016-2019, JPI Urban Europe.

CHEMIN L., DA SCHIO N., CASSIERS T. (2019), Citizen Science: collective knowledge empowers, BRAL & Cosmopolis

DA SCHIO, Nicola et al. (2018), L’air d’un Bruxellois: self-portraits of personal exposure to air pollution, in Toxic News 9:2

Cellina, F., Castri, R., Diethart, M., Hoflehner T., DA SCHIO, N. and Dijk, M., (2018). Constraints On Upscaling And Social Inclusion In Smart City Living Lab Experiments And Ways To Anticipate Them: Lessons From Four ‘Smarter’ Labs. [online], presented at Open Living Lab Days 2018, 22-24 August 2018, Geneva, Available at: <> [Accessed 5 Dec. 2018]. [pdf]

DA SCHIO, Nicola, DE GEUS, Bas, & BOULAND, Catherine (2017). A brief guide to the air of Brussels. in BSI BCO – Brussels Centre Observatory Portfolio #2. [pdf]

FRYXELL Stellan, DA SCHIO Nicola, (2016) UNEP: The ABC for Sustainable Cities, Available at: <>

DA SCHIO Nicola, FAGERLUND BREKKE Kathrine (2013) The relative carbon footprint of cities, working papers of “Programme Villes & Territoires”, Paris, Sciences Po

DA SCHIO Nicola (2013) Stimulating Renewable Energy through Public and Private Procurement, in ICLEI and IRENA: Renewable Energy Policy in Cities Selected Case Studies

DA SCHIO Nicola (2013) Local Government Regulation Ordinances and Laws to Promote Renewable Energy, in ICLEI and IRENA: Renewable Energy Policy in Cities Selected Case Studies