Anna Berti Suman is a NWO Rubicon postdoctoral researcher at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, seconded at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) - Digital Economy Unit. As an NWO fellow, Anna will perform research on the potential of Citizen Sensing for environmental litigation and mediation. The project will develop in the Marie Curie individual fellowship "SensJus" at the JRC.

Anna obtained her PhD on May 8, 2020. Her PhD project aimed 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. 


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 International and European Environmental Law, Health Law and Technology, and Participation Studies. 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), Environmental Litigation (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). Besides academia, Anna volunteers for non-governmental organizations on environmental matters.


Health, Care, Technology and Regulation Course Teaching Assistant (September 2016 - March 2019) on the Master Law & Technology by TILT

Summer School Organizer on Extractive Industries' Monitoring Technologies & Law (Summer 2017) at Tilburg University


Anna 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 was formerly part of the University Council of Tilburg University as member of the employees’ party “The Independents” and of the Tilburg Law School PhD Council Board as Policy Advisor for Sustainability. 



Micheli M., Ponti M., Craglia M. and Berti Suman A. (2020) “Emerging Models of Data Governance in the Age of Datafication”. Big Data & Society. DOI: 10.1177/2053951720948087.

Berti Suman A. (2020) “Sensing the risk. In search of the factors influencing the policy uptake of citizen sensing”. PhD thesis defended at Tilburg University.  ISBN: 9789461674241.

Berti Suman, A. (2020) “Innovating societal response to radiation risk: insights from the Fukushima Safecast case”. The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Berti Suman, A. (2020) “Making visible politically masked risks: the haze case of bottom-up data visualization” in Kennedy, H. and M. Engebretsen (Eds) Data visualization in society. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Berti Suman, A. (2020) “Multi-stakeholder cooperation for safe and healthy urban environments: the case of Citizen Sensing” in van Montfort, C. and A. Michels (Eds) Partnerships for livable cities. London: Palgrave.

Berti Suman A. (2019) "The role of information in multilateral governance of environmental health risk: Lessons from the Equatorial Asian haze case". Journal of Risk Research. Special Issue on Multilateral Governance of Technological Risk, p. 1-17.  DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2019.1617338

Berti Suman A. and van Geenhuizen M. (2019) "Not just noise monitoring: rethinking citizen sensing for risk-related problem-solving". Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2019.1598852.

Berti Suman, A. (2019). "Between freedom and regulation: investigating community standards for enhancing scientific robustness of Citizen Science". In Reins, L. (Ed.) Regulating new technologies in uncertain times. Heidelberg, Dordrecht, New York: T.M.C. Asser Press, Springer-Verlag, pp. 31-46. 

Iaione C., de Nictolis E., and Berti Suman A. (2019) "The Internet of Humans (IoH): Human Rights and Co-Governance to achieve Tech Justice in the city". Law and Ethics of Human Rights.  

Berti Suman A. and Pierce R. (2018) "Challenges for Citizen Science and the EU Open Science Agenda under the GDPR", European Data Protection Law Review, Volume 4, Issue 3. DOI:10.21552/edpl/2018/3/7.   

Berti Suman A. (2018) “The smart transition: an opportunity for a sensor-based public-health risk governance?”. International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, Volume 32, Issue 2-3. DOI:10.1080/13600869.2018.1463961.

Berti Suman A. (2018) "Challenging risk governance patterns through citizen sensing: the Schiphol Airport case", International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, Volume 32, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1080/13600869.2018.1429186.  

Berti Suman, A. (2018). The Human Right to Water in Latin America. Challenges to Implementation and Contribution to the Concept. Brill Research Perspectives in International Water Law 3(2): 1- 94. Leiden: Koninklijke Brill. DOI: 10.1163/23529369-12340010.

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