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Sara Belligoni

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rutgers University

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Rutgers University’s Department of Human Ecology, affiliated with the Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH) where I work with the Human Systems Dynamics Team.

I am a climate adaptation and mitigation policy, crisis and emergency management, environmental and energy security expert with a well-established career in the academic, corporate, and not-for profit sectors as an analyst, business developer, data analyst, project manager, and researcher.

My research interests focus on the nexus between climate, environmental, energy, and human security. My goal is to explore a variety of topics failing in this nexus with the intent of strengthening communities’ resilience to climate change-resulting crises.


  • 2023–present
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rutgers University


  • 2022 
    University of Central Florida, Ph. D. in Security Studies
  • 2015 
    Certificate in Global Affairs, New York University
  • 2015 
    Università degli Studi Roma Tre, MA cum laude in International Relations
  • 2012 
    Università degli Studi Roma Tre, BA in Political Science for Cooperation and Development


  • 2021
    Florida as a COVID-19 Epicenter: Exploring the Role of Institutions in the State’s Response, International Journal of Public Administration
  • 2019
    Rethinking Leadership: Women Commanders, Rebel-Groups and Sexual Violence against Civilians – Cases of Colombia and Sierra Leone, Florida Political Chronicle

Professional Memberships

  • Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society