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BS ECE -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) 1984
MS CS (AI) -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) 1995
Ph.D Urban Information Systems and Planning -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Fabio is the director of the Venice Project Center (VPC) and Santa Fe Project Center (SFPC). In addition to a number of scientific papers, his work has been repeatedly featured in National Geographic magazine, MIT’s Technology Review magazine, the Smithsonian magazine, Wired, New Scientist and Science. He was also featured on RAI play, BBC Radio and in a National Geographic video dedicated to his work in his hometown of Venice, Italy.

Fabio’s main research focus has been on complex emergent systems and in particular on the gradual and systematic accumulation of urban and environmental information for the creation of comprehensive municipal information infrastructures that will sustainably and continually support maintenance, management and planning operations, as well as education and outreach. He has recently created a benefit company in Venice, called SerenDPT, whose mission is to foster the creation of high quality employment in Venice, in order to retain its young people and to attract new citizens to repopulate the city. To support SerenDPT's mission, in 2022 Fabio  launched the MITdesignX Venice (MDXV) startup accelerator, which mentors 10 Venetian startups every year.

Professional Highlights & Honors




Italy's plan to save Venice from sinking

The Global School professor and Venice Project Center director Fabio Carrera spoke with the BBC about the different plans and proposals to help Venice survive an existential crisis. As climate change causes sea levels to rise, the city is sinking and it could be underwater in a matter of decades. Carrera talked about how Venice needs to be more forward-looking than it has in the past - that the time for temporary fixes is over, and a longer-lasting solution is now necessary in order to save the city.

Condé Nast Traveler
How Venice Is Retackling Overtourism After a Year Without Visitors

The director of WPI’s Venice Project Center, Fabio Carrera, was interviewed for the Conde Nast Traveler article. Carrera argues that developing tech and other entrepreneurial industries independent of tourism will create a more livable Venice—and a more attractive home base for new residents.