In the past, she worked both for public bodies and for private companies on the following areas: urban planning, regional planning, cartography, cadastral maps, GIS. She is currently working in the Department of the Environment of the Sardinian Regional Administration, where she deals with various tasks related to planning and management of protected areas, and in particular of sites belonging to the European Natura 2000 Network, such as: assessment of management plans, preparation of guidance documents on plans for protected areas, ex-ante evaluation of projects, coordination of transnational projects on ecological networks, preparation of tenders and of calls for proposals, updating of the Sardinian Natura 2000 Database.
She has delivered presentations at various international conferences and has published approximately 25 papers, mostly co-authored, mainly on planning support systems (GIS, multicriteria analysis, rough set analysis).
Publications (short list):
- ZOPPI C., LAI S. (2010) Assessment of the Regional Landscape Plan of Sardinia (Italy): a participatory-action-research case study type. LAND USE POLICY 27(3):690-705. ISSN 0264-8377 (international journal with refereeing process)
- ZOPPI C., LAI S. (2009) Geographic Information Systems and decision processes for urban planning: a case study of Rough Set Analysis on the residential areas of the city of Cagliari, Italy. In: HINDSWORTH M.F. and LANG T.B. (eds.) Community Participation and Empowerment. Nova Publishers. ISBN: 9781606921890
- ZOPPI C., LAI S. (2009) Urban development in the context of the strategy for regional development. In: SCARLATTI F. and RABINO G. (eds.) Advances in Models and Methods for Planning. Pitagora Editrice. ISBN: 88-371-1780-9
- DE MONTIS A., LAI S. (2008). Multicriteria evaluation and planning support: choosing among alternative scenarios for an urban natural park in Sardinia Italy. In: VREEKER R., DEAKIN M., CURWELL S. (eds.) Sustainable Urban Development Volume 3. The Toolkit for Assessment. Routledge – Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-415-32219-5
- LAI S. (2008) Governance territoriale e sostenibilità nella pianificazione del paesaggio: un’analisi qualitativa del processo di piano riferita al Piano paesaggistico regionale della Regione Sardegna. In: DE PASCALI P. (ed.) Territori della Governance: Indagini ed Esperienze sulla Governance Ambientale nella Pianificazione Territoriale. Milano: FrancoAngeli Editore. ISBN 9788856802689