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Ugo Ascoli
Professor of Economic Sociology at Marche Polytechnic University, Ascoli is one of the most important italian analyst of welfare systems. He directed and carried out numerous research projects in the field of welfare-mix and social planning. He has published hundreds of studies, including most recently “The Welfare in Italy” (ed. Oxford University Press, 2011). He was Honorary Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies of Harvard University, Visiting Scholar at the School of Social Sciences, the Department of Sociology Flinders University of South Australia, Research Fellow in of the International Philanthropy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies – Johns Hopkins University. He was also regional councilor for training and employment of the Marche and board member of the National Social Security.

Vando Borghi
Associated Professor (“Sociology of economical, work and organization processes” area) at the Department of Sociology in the University of Bologna, and he addresses “Sociology of organization” and “Sociology of the development” courses (I and II level). He is scientific responsible of the International Center of Sociological Studies on Work’s Problems (C.I.Do.S.Pe.L), vice-director of “Sociology of Work” and Member of the Scientific Committee “Partecipation and Conflict”. He is collaborator of “Sui Generis” Center, and member of the Active Social Policy European Network (A.S.P.E.N.). He is also member of the leader of Economical, Works and Organization Section of Italian Association of Sociology, scientific coordinator of Ires (Research Institute in Economy and Sociology) in Emilia Romagna and member of the scientific committee of Mario Del Monte’s Foundation in Modena.

Rik van Berkel
He is associate professor at the Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University. His research interests include welfare state transformations, new models for the provision of social services, and processes of change in public organizations responsible for the implementation of social policy and governance reforms. Publications include: (with P. van der Aa (2012)), Activation work: policy programme administration or professional service provision? Journal of social policy, 41/3, 493- 510; (with W. de Graaf, T. Sirovatka  2011)), The governance of active welfare states in Europe: Palgrave.

John Clarke
Professor of Social Policy at the Open University, where he has worked for more than 25 years on the political and cultural struggles involved in remaking welfare states. He has a particular interest in the ways in which managerialism and consumerism have re-shaped the relations between welfare, states and nations. He is currently working with an international group on a project called Disputing Citizenship. His books include Changing Welfare, Changing States (Sage, 2004); Creating Citizen-Consumers (with Janet Newman and others, Sage, 2007) and Publics, Politics and Power: remaking the public in public services (with Janet Newman, Sage 2009).

Laurent Fraisse
He holds a post-graduate degree in economics (Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne). He has worked as a researcher at the “Centre for research and information on democracy and autonomy” (Centre de Recherche et d’Information sur la Démocratie et l’Autonomie, or CRIDA) since 1997 and has been a member of the “Interdisciplinary laboratory for economic sociology” (Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire pour la Sociologie Economique, or LISE / CNAM-CNRS) since 2004. He took part in several European research programmes on the socio-economic evaluation of social services and social enterprises, on public policies and the third sector, on local initiatives and social innovation, and on the governance and coordination of social policies and policies fighting exclusion. He has been one of the coordinators of the EMES research project on child care, between 2001 and 2004, and he currently participates in the WILCO project. His current research areas are public action and governance, the socio-economic evaluation of general interest services, and the social and solidarity economy at the international level. He is a member of the reading committee of the Revue Economie et Solidarité for Europe. He was also one of the organisers of the first European ISTR/EMES conference, which took place in 2005 in Paris.

Marisol Garcia
She is professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona. At the University of Barcelona she studied Contemporary History, Geography and Anthropology. At the University of Hull she did research in Sociology and received her PhD in 1984. Her scientific work centres on cities, citizenship, urban social justice, identity, governance and social innovation. She attained a doctor in Geography and History at the University of Barcelona, a doctor in Philosophy in “Sociology and Social Anthropology” at the University of Hull (Ph.D thesis: Urbanisation, Working Class Organisation and Political Movements in Barcelona) and she is bachelor of Arts in Geography and History (first “cum laude”) in Section Modern History at the University of Barcelona. Between 2007 and 2008 she was management Collaborator in the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities for the National Plan of Research and Development.

Riccardo Guidi
Currently, Researcher at and Director of Volunteer and Participation Foundation (Italy). PhD in History and Sociology of Modernity, he has been Research Fellow at University of Pisa until 2011. His main interests are the organizations, the features, the dynamics of social participation in the contexts of public policies and capitalist market. On these issues he recently published “Political Consumerism and Money. Logics of Transformative Action in the Economic Field” (2011, in Italian), “Welfare as a Socio-Political Construction. Principles, Instruments, Practices” (2011, in Italian), (ed. with Giulia Cordella) “Building Youth Policies. Public Discourse, Practices and Innovations in Tuscany” (2012, in press, in Italian).

Yuri Kazepov
He teaches Urban Sociology and Compared Welfare Systems at the University of Urbino. He has been Jean Monet Fellow at the European University Institute (1995-96) visiting professor at the University of Bremen (1998) and Lund and Växjö (2008) and Leuven (2012). He is a founding member of the Network for European Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet) and the president of RC21, the Research Committee on Urban and Regional development of the International Sociological Association. His fields of interest are urban governance, citizenship, social policies in compared perspective. On these issues he has been carrying out comparative research and evaluation activities for the European Commission (DG Research, DG Culture, DG Employment) and many National Agencies (NWO, Nicis, FTSE, CNR, …). Among his publications we have (2005) Cities of Europe. Changing contexts, local arrangements and the challenge to social cohesion, Blackwell, Oxford (ed.), (2009) “La dimensione territoriale delle politiche sociali in Italia” (2010) Rescaling social policies towards multilevel governance in Europe, Ashgate (ed).

Luigi Pellizzoni

Member of Department of “Man’s Science” and Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology and Sociology of Partecipated Phenomenon, at the Department of Political Science in the University of Trieste. He teaches Enviromental Sociology at IUAV University of Venice. His research interests concern a) Risk, Environment, Sustainability and Tecno-Science; b) Deliberative Democracy, Partecipation and new forms of Governance; c) Modernity, Rationality, reflexivity and Institutional Change . He takes part in the Research Networks ‘Environment and Society’ and ‘Science and Technology’ of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and Standing Group on Theoretical Perspectives in Policy Analysis of ECPR (European Consortium of Political Research). At this time is also national coordinator of the Project MIUR PRIN PRIN 2006 ‘Expertise, institutions and citizens in environmental conflicts’ and senior researcher in the Project ‘Riskbridge: building robust integrative interdisciplinary governance models for emerging and existing risks’, European Commission, VI Framework Programme, and in the Project ‘Social Capacity Building for Natural Hazards: Towards More Resilient Societies’, European Commission, VII Framework Programme.

Stefania Sabatinelli

After an MA in Sociology, she completed her PhD in European Urban and Local Studies at the Department of Sociology University of Milan Bicocca. She has been post-doc research fellow at the CEE at Sciences-Po, Paris, and at the Department of Sociology of the University of Milan Bicocca. She deals with comparative analysis of social policies, particularly minimum income and activation policies and family and childcare policies, both at the local, national and international level. She teaches comparative social policies at the Polytechnic of Milan and at Milan Bicocca.


Nicoletta Stame
Consultant for national, regional and local public services and non-profit organisations dealing with evaluation and research in the field of social and health policies, social inclusion, local development and youth policies. In the last years she was also involved in capacity building projects addressed to local network, public, non profit and private stakeholders and aimed to develop skills to plan and evaluate their policies thanks an integrated approach. From 2002 as Director of CEVAS (Centre of research and Evaluation in Rome) she has managed a little group of researchers. She has been teaching as a contract professor, from 2002 to 2009, “Evaluation of social plans” at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and in 2010 coordinated some seminars about evidence based policy and different method of systematic reviews. She was also a member of EES (European Evaluation Society) and of AIV (Italian Association of Evaluation), in the period 2000-2003 served as secretary and vice president of the AIV board and in 2006 she received the 1st prize ex-aequo for the best evaluation. She is member of the bimonthly review “Servizi Sociali Oggi” (Social Services Today), and of the Scientific Board of the Community Foundation of Messina.

Gabriele Tomei

Lecturer and Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Pisa. In 2010 for three months he was visiting scholar at the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford. His main interests are widespread in the field of policy evaluation, social theory and migration studies



Matteo Villa
Researcher and Lecturer of Social Policy and Sociology of Work at University of Pisa; he is Scientific Director of the Traineeship Activities on Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. He participated in local, national and international researches on Poverty, Social Exclusion and Participation, Social Policy, Nonprofit Systems. His research interests involve issues related to the relationships between economy and society, knowledge and action, reason and emotion. He is accustomed to approach these topics mainly by means of methods of Action-Research, and to apply them in activities such as training and supervision for Workgroups, Volunteers, Nonprofit and Public Institutions. Web HERE.

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