Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale

Founded in 1973, Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale is a totally independent non-profit research organisation and co-operative. IRS is part of various international research networks and closely collaborates with prestigious universities and qualified experts, in Italy and Europe.
The IRS research departments are: Administrative and Institutional Policies; Labour market and productive systems; Social and Health Services and Policies; Training and Labour Policies; Urban, Environmental and Territorial Policies.
The Institute has three offices in Italy and one in Belgium: Milan (headquarters), Bologna, Rome and Brussels.

  • Bruno Dente, Scientific Advisor, Professor of Public Policy Analysis, research areas are administrative reform, local government, theories and methods of policy analysis, and territorial development policies, regional development and policy evaluation.
  • Erica Melloni, Project Coordinator, MA in Local Development Policy and PHD in Institutions, Administration and Regional Policies. Research areas are public policy analysis and evaluation; capacity building and local development.
  • Marco Bianconi, Quality manager, MA PhD, research areas are spatial planning frameworks, infrastructure planning and the evaluation of EU policies and programmes.
  • Flavia Pesce, Senior Researcher, PhD in Political Sociology, research areas are gender policies, education and vocational training systems, active inclusion, social inclusion policies, institutional capacity in complex organisations.
  • Cristina Vasilescu, Senior researcher, MA in Commercial and Institutional Relations with the Eastern European Countries. Research areas are public policy analysis and evaluation; monitoring and evaluation of structural funds; evaluation of European policies; monitoring and performance management in the public administration.
  • Nadia Naldi, Financial Project Manager, Vice-President and Accounting manager, responsible for accounting, balance sheets, balance sheet analysis, income-tax returns and other fiscal requirements, financial reports.

University of Turin, UNITO

The Department of Cultures, Politics and Society (CPS) employs more than a hundred sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, experts in international relations, political theorists and philosophers, geographers, historians and linguists whose studies contribute to in-depth analysis of themes on the border of their disciplines.
The Laboratory of Policies (LaPo) was founded in 2003 with the purpose to became a bridge among Academia, Public Administration and Citizens, working on public policy analysis with the focus on democratic innovations and deliberative democracy.

  • Luigi Bobbio, Scientific Advisor, professor of Public Policy Analysis, research areas are public policy, local government and multi-level governance, environmental conflicts and negotiation, deliberative democracy.
  • Stefania Ravazzi, Lecturer of Political Science, research areas are urban governance, deliberative democracy, electoral systems, industrial policy
  • Gianfranco Pomatto, Gianfranco Pomatto, Post-doctoral fellow in Political Science, research areas are deliberative democracy, territorial conflicts, the communication of public policy

ALDA – European association for Local Democracy

ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of good governance and citizen participation at the local level. ALDA focuses on activities that facilitate the cooperation between local authorities and civil society.
Established at the initiative of the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, since 1999, ALDA operates in the European Union and in its Neighborhood.

  • Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General, research areas are local democracy, empowerment of civil society and good governance in Europe, in the Balkans, in Eastern Europe, and in the Med area.
  • Aldo Xhani, Coordinator of the Citizenship Programme, research areas are local democracy, citizen participation, European integration and youth with particular focus on the role of local authorities and civil society associations.
  • Irene Zanetti, Head of the Communication Unit, since 2008 she works in the field of communication, namely in the non for profit sector.

The Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre, SEI Tallinn

The Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre, SEI Tallinn, is an international policy research institute that bridges science and policy by providing decision makers with integrated knowledge and independent research in the fields of environment and sustainable development.
Our mission is to induce change towards sustainable development in Estonia and the Baltic Sea region, Central and Eastern Europe, and with the international network of seven Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) centres globally. SEI Tallinn focuses on analysis of application of climate and energy policy, environmental management policy, environmental taxation policy and nature protection policy.
in Estonian:

  • Lauri Tammiste, Scientific Advisor, Director of SEI Tallinn, has extensive and interdisciplinary experience in energy, energy efficiency and innovation policy design, analysis and program management
  • Kaja Peterson, PhD, Programme Director, research areas are environmental and sustainable development policy and Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • Tiit Kallaste, PhD, Senior Expert, research areas are energy and climate policy, with special focus on renewable energy
  • Piret Kuldna, MSc, Senior Expert, research areas are stakeholder engagement, environmental and sustainable development policy
  • Kerli Kirsimaa, MSc, Junior Expert, research areas are energy efficiency policy and scenarios, energy efficiency modelling and stakeholder engagement