Benedetta Cotta

Cotta, BenedettaBenedetta Cotta holds a PhD in Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). In her doctoral dissertation she investigated  the process of implementation “on the ground” of European directives in Hungary and Poland with a special attention to the mechanisms that influenced a sustainable adaptation to the European environmental legislation.

She currently works as Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the GOVERNECT project and joined the working group in July 2017.


07/2017-Present: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Leuphana University Luneburg, Germany.

2/2017-4/2017: Adjunct Faculty at CAPA, Global Education Network, Florence, Italy (Course taught: EU Environmental Policy and Natural Resources).

11/2016: Guest lecturer on EU Environmental Policy, Kent State University, Florence, Italy.

9/2016-12/2016:  Adjunct Instructor in Political Science, Gonzaga In Florence, Gonzaga University, Florence, Italy (Course taught: International Relations).

4/2016: Guest lecturer on research design and qualitative methodology, University of Catania, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Italy.

09/2010-1/2016: Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, 50014 San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy.



Schilling-Vacaflor, A., Lenschow, A., Challies, E., Cotta, B., & Newig, J. (2021). Contextualizing certification and auditing: Soy certification and access of local communities to land and water in Brazil. World Development, 140, 105281.


Newig, J., Challies, E., Cotta, B., Lenschow, A., & Schilling-Vacaflor, A. (2020). Governing global telecoupling toward environmental sustainability. Ecology and Society, 25(4), 19 [Free Open Access Content].

Rimmert, M., Baudoin, L., Cotta, B., Kochskämper, E., & Newig, J. (2020). Participation in River Basin Planning Under the Water Framework Directive – Has it Benefitted Good Water Status? Water Alternatives, 13(3), 484-512 [Free Open Access Content].


Newig, J., Lenschow, A., Challies, E., Cotta, B., & Schilling-Vacaflor, A. (2019). What is governance in global telecoupling? Ecology and Society, 24(3), 26 [Free Open Access Content].


Cotta, B. (2018) Wasted money, wasted time? Analysing the sustainability of EU assistance in Hungary and Poland in the waste management sector. emecon Employment and economy in Central and Eastern Europe, 7(1), 1-18.


Ceccobelli, D., & Cotta, B. (2016). Leaders’ ‘green’ posts. The environmental issues shared by politicians on Facebook. European Policy Analysis, 2(2), 68-93.

Cotta, B. (2016). Communities in Transition: Protected Nature and Local People in Eastern and Central Europe. Europe-Asia Studies, 68(2), 351-352.


Cotta, B. (2015). Wasted compliance strategies? The policy-making styles of Hungary and Poland in the implementation of European environmental directives. LPF Working Papers Series, 3, 1-44.


Cotta, B. (2010). La questione dei rifiuti in Europa ed in Italia: un’analisi della direttiva RAEE. Cittalia Fondazione ANCI Ricerche, p. 1-33.