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Dr. Annalisa Zezza
Sustainability Science Program
Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: 502 Rubenstein Building
Group affiliation: Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Sustainability Science
Annalisa Zezza Sorrentino is a Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program and Head of Research at the National Institute of Agricultural Economics (INEA) in Italy. Her recent interests concern governance issues in establishing sustainability standards for biofuels. Broader interests are in common agricultural policy and agro-environmental policy. Annalisa is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Biofuels and Globalization led by Henry Lee. She is an agricultural economist receiving her PhD from the University of Naples in 1987 and BA in Agricultural Science from the University of Bari in 1981. She served as General Director of the National Institute of Agricultural Economics (INEA) from 1997 to 2004. She is a member of the Board of the Italian Research Platform for biofuels and a member of the Global Bioenergy Partnership Task Force on Sustainability. She was a Visiting Research Associate at the University of Arizona in 1986 and 1993. She has served on the Editorial Board of the European Review of Agricultural Economics, of the Italian Review of Agricultural Economics and of the Board of the Italian Society of Agricultural Economics (SIDEA). She was a national delegate at the Joint Working Party on Agriculture and the Environment at OECDwhere she was Vice-Chairman for five years. She worked as a consultant for the European Commission (DG Agriculture). She has published over 40 papers on agricultural policy and biofuels. Her faculty host is Henry Lee.
Governance innovation for sustainability: The role of voluntary certification schemes for biofuels
Considering the failure of multilateral state driven regulation, voluntary non-state mechanisms are proliferating in many bio-based industries for governing sustainability challenges linked to globalization and large scale production. Certification can be considered as hybrid system of governance between private corporations and representatives of civil society in which these actors collaborate for a sustainability goal. Several of emerging sustainability certification schemes concern biofuels feedstock as sugar cane, soy or palm oil. This work analyzes under which conditions these schemes can succeed in contributing to sustainable development. A first case study on Brazil has evidenced the role of several drivers as market demand, regulatory context, industry structure and organization, available technology, size and distribution of benefits and costs of certification, the partnership and interaction between different actors. These factors will be further explored with regard to Brazil and other competing markets.