Dr. A. (Antonella) Maiello


Antonella is an Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro(UFRJ) and currently a guest researcher at the Policy-Analysis-Section/MAS/TPM.
She has a background in Development Policy and Environmental Management. After her PhD in Management and Development at the S. Anna School of Advanced Studies (Italy), she worked as a Postdoc at the UFRJ’s Graduate Programme on Urbanism.
Her research is concerned with sustainability transitions from a multi-sectoral & transdisciplinary perspective and focuses on public engagement.


Antonella explores sustainability transitions in the field of water and sanitation, but also of energy and waste.
Currently, she is focusing on the scale of communities and on innovative practices of commons-based governance from an ethical and political point of view.
While she has focused mainly on urban/metropolitan contexts, her research involves also periurban areas and rural municipalities. To investigate these territories, she mixes qualitative methods (e.g., ethnography/participatory observation) with quantitative techniques (e.g., multiple-correspondence/cluster analysis).

Antonella has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In the following an outline of her past activities.

Undergraduate programme in Public Management and Social and Economic Development.
: Public Administration; Theoretical foundation of organization and management; Scientific Methodology and Research Methods.

Graduate Programme in Urban and Regional Planning.
: Policy, Planning and Management of Urban Sanitation Service; Scientific Methodology.

Post-graduate programme in Public Management:
: Organizational Theories for Planning

  • Ana Lucia Nogueira de Paiva Britto, Antonella Maiello, and Suyá Quinstlr. “Water supply system in the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Region: open issues, contradictions and challenges for water access in an emerging mega-city.” In: Journal of Hydrology (2018). doi: 10.1016/ j.jhydrol.2018.02.045.
  • Antonella Maiello and Cecilia Pasquinelli. “Destruction or construction? A (counter) branding analysis of sport mega-events in Rio de Janeiro”. In: Cities 48 (2015), pp. 116–124. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2015.06.011.
  • Antonella Maiello, Ana Lucia Nogueira de Paiva Britto, Yasmim Ribeiro Mello, and Paula Sousa de Oliveira Barbosa. “(Un)used and (un)usable? The role of indicators in local decision- making. A Brazilian case study.” In: Futures 74 (2015), pp. 80–92. doi: 10.1016/j.futures. 2014.11.002.
  • Antonella Maiello. “The organizational view of public participation. A narrative analysis.” In: Systemic Practice and Action Research 27 (5 2014), pp. 499–522. doi: 10.1007/s11213- 013-9292-x.
  • Antonella Maiello, Cláudia Viviane Viegas, Marco Frey, and José Luis Duarte Ribeiro. “Public managers as catalysts of knowledge co-production? Investigating knowledge dynamics in local environmental policy.” In: Environmental Science & Policy 27 (2013), pp. 141–150. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2012.12.007.
  • Antonella Maiello, Ana Carolina Christovão, Ana Lucia Nogueira de Paiva Britto, and Marco Frey. “Public participation for urban sustainability: investigating relations among citizens, the environment and institutions an ethnographic study.” In: Local Environment 18 (7 2012), pp. 167–183. doi: 10.1080/13549839.2012.729566.
  • Antonella Maiello, Massimo Battaglia, Tiberio Daddi, and Marco Frey. “Urban sustainability and knowledge: Theoretical heterogeneity and the need of a transdisciplinary framework. A tale of four towns.” In: Futures 43 (10 2011), pp. 1164–1174. doi: 10.1016/j.futures. 2011.08.011.
  • Antonella Maiello, Ana Lucia Nogueira de Paiva Britto, and Tatiana Freitas Valle. “Implementation of the Brazilian National Policy for Waste Management”. In: RAP Revista Brasileira de Administração Pública 52 (1 2018), pp. 24–51. doi: 10.1590/0034-7612155117.

Antonella Maiello

Visiting Researcher

Multi-Actor Systems

Policy Analysis

Research interests:
Water and Sanitation Governance
Public values and collective Ethics
Commons-based governance and community
Stakeholder engagement and public participation
Institutional analysis
Urban solid waste management