I am a Professor of Contemporary History at the School of International Studies, University of Trento (Italy), where I teach courses on Cold War History, the History of European Integration (as a Jean Monnet Chair until 2022), the History of the Cold War, and on Development and Security. I held fellowships and visiting positions at LSE, Harvard University, the European University Institute, the University of Prague (Charles University and VSE Prague), the University of Konstanz, and, as a DAAD fellow, at Humboldt University and the Universität der Bundeswehr. As a Cold War historian with a marked interest in transnational history and an emphasis on economic and social history, I specialize in North-South relations and the place of Europe in the World, focusing on the history of development during the Cold War, East, and West. My most recent book, Global Development: A Cold War History (2019), is the product of years of studies on this broad topic. While studying development, I have been working on the intersections with environmentalism. I am interested in how scientists deal with the ecological consequences of infrastructural projects. I coordinate a national research project (PRIN) entitled 'Inventing the Global Environment: Science, Politics, Advocacy, and the Environment-Development Nexus in the Cold War and Beyond.' It tackles the complicated relationship between science (biology, geology, genetics, and physics) and policymaking during the Cold War. I am currently working on a book project on 'Women in leadership. Ideas on how to balance development, social justice, and the environment'.