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da Schio Nicola


Nicola is postdoctoral researcher at the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). 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, Nicola 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 also previously worked with different international institutions, local government associations, and NGOs in Western Europe, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nicola has PhD in Geography from the VUB, with a thesis on the geographies, knowledges and politics of air pollution. He also holds an MA in urban governance from Science Po, Paris, 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 find his way in German and Dutch.





Centre(s) de recherche



géographie, pollution de l'air




DA SCHIO N. 2020, The Sky over Brussels: geographies, knowledges and politics of air pollution, VUB Press, Brussels

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. 2020, Nature at the hearth of the new normal: interview with Ukkel’s deputy mayor, in CLEARING HOUSE blog,

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.

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

DA SCHIO, N., Boussauw K., Sansen J. (2019), Accessibility versus air pollution: a geography of externalities in the Brussels agglomeration, in Cities [pdf]

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

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

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

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