The doctorate board

andreottiAlberta Andreotti is Associate Professor in economic sociology at the University of Milan-Bicocca. She is Associate member of the program Cities are back in Town, Villes et Territoires, based at Sciences-Po, Paris; Member of the Comité de lecture de la collection des documents de travail du RT6 de l’Association Française de Sociologie; current RC21 Secretary and Treasurer (Research Committee in Urban and Regional Research: She is also member of the board of the Phd Program Urbeur-Quasi in Urban Studies at the University of Milan-Bicocca. Her research activities focused around three main axis: social networks, social capital and more recently social media; welfare state with a particular interest for the local dimension; social change within cities. She has been involved in the scientific coordination of several comparative European projects (URBEX, TSFEPS, RTN-UrbEurope, Social Polis). Among her recent publications: Globalized Minds, Roots in the city. Urban upper Middle classes in Europe, Blackwell, 2015 (with P.Le Galès and F.J. Moreno-Fuentes); the Monographic Issue Neighbourhoods and Social Networks in Contemporary Cities, , Sociologia Urbana e Rurale, 2014, n. 105; Local welfare systems in Europe and the economic crisis, in European Urban and Regional Studies, 2014 (wit Enzo Mingione).


benassiDavid Benassi is Associate Professor of economic sociology at the University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy). His main research interests concern the study of inequality and poverty, the welfare state and social policies. Among his last publications: D. Benassi (2010) “Father of the Welfare State?”. Beveridge and the Emergence of the Welfare State”, in Sociologica, 3; D. Benassi (2012) Disuguaglianze nell’accesso al welfare (Inequalities in Welfare Policies), in D. Checchi (ed.) Disuguaglianze diverse, Il Mulino, Bologna; A. Andreotti and D. Benassi (2014) Italian Sociology and European Sociology, in A. Kyrtsis and S. Koniordos (eds.) The Handbook of European Sociology, Routledge, London.


BifulcoLavinia Bifulco is an Associate Professor of Sociology and teaches Welfare Local Systems at the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Milano-Bicocca. Her research focuses mainly on social policies and local welfare; urban governance, participation and democracy; public administrations and institutional innovations; socio-spatial organization of the city.
Among her publications: 2013, Citizen Participation, Agency and Voice, European Journal of Social Theory; 2014, Citizenship and governance at a time of territorialisation, European, Urban and Regional Studies; 2015, Il welfare locale, Carocci Roma.

Roberto Biorcio FotoRoberto Biorcio is Professor of Political Science at the University of Milano Bicocca. His research interests are in political participation, social movements, parties and electoral behaviour.
His recent books include Politica a 5 stelle. Idee, storia e strategie del movimento di Grillo (Feltrinelli, 2013), La rivincita del Nord. La Lega dalla contestazione al governo (Laterza, 2010) and Sociologia politica. Partiti, movimenti sociali e partecipazione (Il Mulino, 2003)

colleoniMatteo Colleoni is an Associate Professor in Urban Sociology and holds the Chair of Urban Policies of the Department of Sociology and Social Research at Milan Bicocca University. He is also a member in many national and international organizations and network on mobility and urban times. His research and teaching works concern issues of urban mobility, accessibility & transport exclusion, metropolitan areas & urban change and time-space analysis. His latest relevant publication in this context is Understanding Mobilities for Designing Contemporary Cities. Springer Editor (ed. with Paola Pucci).


FullSizeRenderElena dell’Agnese teaches political geography and cultural geography at the University of Milano-Bicocca, where she is also Director of the Centre of Visual Research. Her work has been mainly focused on developing a large spectrum approach toward “peripheral geographies”. For this reason, she is interested in any form of, apparently innocent, “geo-graphical representation”, from movies to television drama, cartoons and popular music, with a specific attentions towards political, gender and race issues. Recently, she has started working on a more-than-representational approach to landscapes. She has been publishing extensively on these topics, mostly in Italian, but also in English, French, Spanish, Bosnian and Croatian. Elena dell’Agnese is Council Member of the Società Geografica Italiana and Chair of the Association of Italian Geographers Study Group on “Media and Geography”. After chairing the IGU Commission on Political Geography from 2012 to 2014, she is now Vice-President of the IGU.


demichelisGiorgio De Michelis teaches Informatics for Organizations and Interaction Design at the University of Milano – Bicocca. His research focuses on models of concurrent systems (Petri Nets), computer supported cooperative work, community-ware, knowledge management and interaction design. He is co-author, together with Thomas Binder, Pelle Ehn, Giulio Jacucci, Per Linde and Ina Wagner, of the book “Design Things”, published in Autumn 2011 by MIT Press



Simone Ghezzi (Ph.D. University of Toronto) teaches economic anthropology and globalization and local development in the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Milano-Bicocca. He was visiting professor at Watson Institute for International Studies – Brown University, at the Department of Anthropology – University of Toronto, and at the College of Human Science and Law – Huazhong Agricultural University (Wuhan, China). He has carried out research on informal economy, family business, urban kinship and more recently on Italian woodcarvers and artisan furniture. He is the author of Etnografia storica dell’imprenditorialità in Brianza, Franco Angeli (2007).


MingioneEnzo Mingione is Professor of Sociology at the University of Milano-Bicocca.
He has been the President of the Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development, one of the founders of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and a trustee of the Foundation of Urban and Regional Studies.
Main fields of interest: urban sociology, poverty, social politics, social exclusion, labour market, informal sector, economic sociology.
Among his books: Social Conflict and the City, Blackwell, Oxford (1981); Beyond Employment, together with Nanneke Redclift (eds) , Blackwell, Oxford (1985), Fragmented Societies, Blackwell, Oxford (1991); (Ed) Urban poverty and the Underclass, Blackwell, Oxford (1996).


petrilloAgostino Petrillo is Associate Professor, Urban Sociology, Polytecnic University, Milan. He obtained a laurea in Architecture, Venice (1976-1981) and Philosophy, Genoa (1982-1986) and a Ph.D. in Sociology (1996). His main fields of research are History of he sociological Thought, City Theory, Comparative metropolitan Studies , Migrations, Urban Movements and Conflicts. Among his recent publications: (2001 )Max Weber e la sociologia della città, Angeli, Milano.
-2006 Villaggi, Città, Megalopoli, Carocci, Roma.
-2013 Peripherein: pensare diversamente la periferia, Angeli, Milano


PompiliTomaso Pompili Full professor of applied economics (holding a Ph.D. in economics). Main research interests: industrial, territorial, urban, and regional economics and policy, and specifically urban economic systems, firm and city competitiveness, collective urban issues, local strategic planning (both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis).
Pompili T. (2009), Sfide globali e strategie locali nello sviluppo economico dei territori, Cedam, Padova.
Pompili T. (2009), Valutazione strategica comparativa di strategie alternative di reti tramite il modello VIT, RIV – Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione, anno XIII, n. 43-44, 27-54.
Pompili T., Travisi C.M. (2006), Un approccio multicriteri per la valutazione di politiche a supporto dello sviluppo rurale, RIV – Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione, anno X, n. 35, 9-30.


quassoliFabio Quassoli , PhD, is associate professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca, where he teaches qualitative research methodology and intercultural relations. His research interests focus on immigration policies, immigrant criminalization, ethnic discrimination, multiculturalism and intercultural communication. On these topics, he published a book and several papers in international journals and edited volumes. He is currently writing a book on immigrant control and criminalization in Italy. He is also involved in a research project on urban governance and safety policies in Italy over the last two decades.


nuvolatiGiampaolo Nuvolati teaches Urban Sociology at the University of Milan Bicocca (Italy) and has developed and coordinated several theoretical studies and empirical research on social indicators and quality of life. He is member of the Board of Directors of ISQOLS (The International Society for the Quality-of-Life Studies). He is author of many publications on social indicators, quality of life, metropolitan populations and flâneurs. Nuvolati G., 2014, “The Flaneur: A Way of Walking, Exploring and Interpreting the City” in Timothy Shortell and Evrick Brown (ed.), Walking in the European City, Ashgate, Burlington,, pp. 21-40.


Serena Vicari Haddock_lowres (Copia in conflitto di SVE151A4E 2015-10-15)Serena Vicari Haddock is the coordinator of the Ph. D. Programme in Urban Studies (UREBUR-QUA-SI). Her primary research interests are urban development, regeneration policies from a comparative perspective; her specific focus is on bottom-up and inclusive decision-making processes, social innovation and urban culture. Her most recent books are: Brand-building: the creative city. A critical look at current concepts and practices (Firenze University Press, 2010) and Questioni urbane (il Mulino, 2013) as editor. Forthcoming is a chapter with L. Vanhellemont, titled “MINUTIAE: meeting minutes as actors in participatory planning processes.” in Beauregard R. and Lieto L. Planning in a Material World, Routledge.


dovidio1Marianna d’Ovidio is a sociologist and assistant professor in the Department of Political Sciences of the Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro. Her research interests focus on culture, social innovation and creativity, and their connections with local development and urban space. She has been involved in international studies of social innovation, cultural economy and urban transformation. She has published widely for both academia and the general public. Her publications include The creative city does not exist. Critical essays on the creative and cultural economy of cities Milano: Ledizioni, 2016; “Culture is reclaiming the creative city: The case of Macao in Milan, Italy”, in City, Culture and Society, with A. Cossu; and “Social innovation and institutionalisation in the cognitive-cultural economy: two contrasting experiences from Southern Europe”, in Cities 33 (69-76), 2013, with Marc Pradel.