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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 frameworks of risk governance through its policy uptake. Anna has a background in Law from the University of Bologna (BA, MA) and Transnational Law from the University of Geneva. 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). Besides academia, Anna volunteers for communities and non-governmental organizations on health and environmental related topics and actions.
Anna has expertise in researching the contribution of participatory approaches for environmental/health risk governance; the potential of monitoring/self-tracking technologies for citizens and patients' (auto)empowerment; the applications of Citizen Sensing/Science to track environmental health issues; the ethical and legal challenges of health data sharing in Citizen Sensing/Science projects. Anna's specializations are Environmental Health Law and Technology, International and European Environmental Law, and Sustainable Innovation. She also holds a solid education in Comparative Constitutionalism and Constitutional Law.
Health, Care, Technology and Regulation Course Teaching Assistant (September 2016 - Present) on the Master Law & Technology by TILT
Summer School Organizer on Extractive Industries' Monitoring Technologies & Law (Summer 2017) at Tilburg University
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. She is also member of the Geneva Association of Comparative and Transnational Law, and of the Global Environmental Justice Network. She is part of CoRenewal, non-profit organization aimed to ecosystem restoration and health. Anna was Member of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology.
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.