I was born and grew up in Varese, a charming town in the lake district. I've been commuting to Milan since 1977, the year I enrolled at Bocconi and graduated four years later in Economics with our President, Prof. Mario Monti.
I got married (1984) to Emanuela, we have three children and three grandchildren, and I am a grandfather in my spare time.
I like the mountains, hiking and skiing. I am fond of photography, and wherever I go, I take my Canon with me.
I also love art and culture, and as soon as we can, Emanuela and I travel around Italy in search of beauty.
The eight main fields of interest I have spent years on are the following ones:
- Trans-border co-operation;
- Handicraft, analysis and sectoral policies;
- Development models, territorial analysis, districts and milieux;
- Regional policies and policies evaluation;
- Quantitative methodologies;
- Urban and service economics, commerce and tourism;
- Human capital and vocational training;
- ICTs, knowledge economy and creativity.
My most recent research activity focuses on three themes.
- Territorial competitiveness and European cohesion policies (I’m an RSA CPNetwork member on these issues). https://www.regionalstudies.org/network/eu-cohesion-policy-cpnet/
- Urban areas and territorial capital (this approach is one way to study urban areas’ competitiveness, all the most exciting in these post-COVID times).
- Macro regions, cross-border areas and the Alpine economy (the Alps are a magnetic observatory in times of green transition. Preserving their sustainability – by moving away from tourism monocultures – is challenging for these territories).
Smart timing and specialised spaces: reflections on the implementation of smart specialisation strategies in Milan and BrusselsPUBLIC POLICY PORTUGUESE JOURNAL, Vol. 3, N. 1, pp. 44-56, 2018
Scaling up and Policy MakingExperiences with a Novel Approach to Preventing Violence and Implementing Inclusive Education. Erasmus+ Programme, European Union, Bruxelles, pp. 87-110
Elective Course 20555
My elective Course, “Cities and Regions. Managing Growth and Change”, is offered to all the students attending the second year of Master Degree (I semester).
20555 is divided into five logical blocks (Cities, Regions, Innovation, and Labour, plus Composite Indicators). The Course offers an original view to a ‘glocal’ perspective on competitiveness and growth where territories matter and place-based policies exert a proactive role in strengthening sustainability and wellbeing.