Prizes and awards

ERC grant winners

Many of our academics lead the way in their field of research. Find out more about some of our recent prize winners.


Zachary Parolin, Assistant Professor at Bocconi Department of Social and Political Sciences, obtained a €1.4mln ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council for ExpPov - The Experience of Poverty in the Post-Industrial Economy, a research project aiming to find a new conceptual approach for understanding poverty and a new methodological framework for the collection of data related to the experience of poverty.



David Stuckler, Professor at Bocconi’s Department of Social and Political Sciences, has won an ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council worth over €1.8m. The new project will generate new evidence on the human costs of austerity measures in Italy and other European Countries.


Alessia Melegaro, Director of the Bocconi COVID Crisis Lab, won a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant in 2011 for a project aiming to integrate demographic trends and social interactions into epidemiological models and has now obtained a ERC Consolidator Grant of about € 2mln for IMMUNE - Modelling the Impact of Human Behaviours on Infections Spread, a project meant to incorporate dynamic human behavior and, particularly, vaccination decisions.



Paolo Pinotti, holder of Bocconi's Endowed Associate Professorship in Economic Analysis of Crime, funded by an anonymous individual donor, has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant of about € 1.8mln, awarded by the European Research Council, for the research project CLEAN - Clean Evidence on Dirty Deeds. With this five-year project Prof. Pinotti continues his research thread on organized crime studied through quantitative tools and methodologies taken from economics.



Catherine De Vries has joined Bocconi’s Department of Social and Political Sciences on 1 January, 2020 as a Full Professor, bringing to Milan an ERC Consolidator Grant of about € 2mln, won in December for her research project LOSS - Narratives of Loss: Unravelling the Origins of Support for Socially Conservative Political Agendas. The project investigates the link between economic hardship and the support for far right parties.


Tamás Vonyó obtained a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant worth €1.49mln with his SpoilsofWAR - Spoils of War: The Economic Consequences of the Great War in Central Europe research project. At the crossroads of economic and business history, it will investigate the consequences of the war independent from those of the postwar political settlement.


The economic historian Guido Alfani has obtained a € 1.5mln worth, five-year ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council for his research project SMITE - Social Mobility and Inequality across Italy and Europe: 1300-1800. “The goal of SMITE is to improve our knowledge of long-term trends in social mobility, from the decades immediately preceding the Black Death of 1347-49 up until the eve of Industrialization”, Prof. Alfani explains. The grant follows the conclusion of another of Alfani’s research programs, EINITE - Economic Inequality across Italy and Europe, 1300-1800, that had gained Alfani a ERC Starting Grant five years ago.



Francesco Billari proposed a study of the multiple effects of digitization on family behaviors, an analysis of demographic changes in situations of strong discontinuity. The study on digitization is part of the larger project DisCont - Discontinuities in Household and Family Formation, funded with an ERC Advanced Grant of about € 2.4mln and hosted by Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy. 


In his ERC project IFAMID - Institutional Family Demography awarded with about € 1.9mln, hosted by Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy, Arnstein Aassve uses this perspective to explain demographic trends as the result of the interaction between global change and local cultural and institutional features, whilst the existing literature stresses the importance of the policies observed across countries. Aassve was already awarded with an ERC grant in 2007 for Consequences of Demographic Change.