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Stefano LO RUSSO Ph.D., is Professor of Engineering geology, Hydrogeology, Petroleum and Mining Geology, Geothermal Energy in the Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. He was born in Torino (Italy) on October 15th, 1975. Graduated cum laude in Geological Sciences in 1999 he holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in 2004.

Advisor to the Rector for the relations with the Russian Federation.

He was Assistant Professor at Politecnico from 2007 until 2014 and Associate Professor since 2014 until 2017. He is member of the IAH (International Association of Hydrogeologists), EGU (European Geosciences Union), AIGA (Italian Association of Applied Geology). He is co-Founder and board member of EST (Energy Security and Transition Lab) at the Energy Center of Politecnico di Torino and member of the Scientific Committee of the GEAM Association.

Visiting Professor at:

-Peter The Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation)

- Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (Moscow, Russian Federation)

- MGIMO University - Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (Moscow, Russian Federation)

Invited Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, QLD Australia)

Research activities

His scientific activity focuses mainly on the low-enthalpy geothermal systems and the hydrogeological problems related to the protection, management and planning of groundwater resources. Other scientific interests regard the engineering geologic mapping through innovative techniques of digital photo-interpretation and remote sensing, the study of the deep-seated gravitational slope deformations (DSGSDs), the rock-fall risk analysis and mitigation, the energy security and transition, the raw materials and the mining sustainability.

Scientific branch GEO/05 - GEOLOGIA APPLICATA
(Area 0004 - Scienze della terra)
Identifiers ORCID: 0000-0002-5298-6655
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Research topics
  • Digital photo-interpretation and engineering geologic mapping.
  • Energy security and transition.
  • Hydrogeology, protection and planning of groundwater resources, flow dynamics through the unsaturated zone.
  • Low-enthalpy geothermal systems.
  • Raw materials and mining sustainability.
  • Rock-fall risk analysis and mitigation.
Skills and keywords

ERC sectors

PE8_6 - Energy processes engineering PE10_17 - Hydrology, water and soil pollution


Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation Goal 13: Climate action Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities


Energy security Energy transition Geotechnical engineering and engineering geology Geothermal energy Hydrogeology Mining Petroleum Raw materials Remote sensing Rockfalls
Scientific responsibilities and other assignments

Editorial boards

  • GEOFLUIDS (2019-), Associate Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCES (2015-), Editorial board member