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LUISS Guido Carli


Research Centers


Center for Ethics and Global Politics

Director: Sebastiano Maffettone –

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The Center for Ethics and Global Politics at LUISS University is a specialized research and teaching center that aims to develop the understanding of the key ethical and political issues that concern our global age.

It intends to provide both academia and the professional world with expertise and consultancy on the most urgent normative dilemmas raised by public choices regarding globalization.

The Center for Ethics and Global Politics combines two particular specialisms: the philosophical study of political justice and the study of international affairs from different perspectives.

Regarding research, the Center has a broad permanent and visiting faculty from several countries composed largely of political theorists and scholars of international relations. Regarding teaching, the Center runs a international PhD program with over 30 students from 17 countries, a Master's course on human rights, and a summer school.

The Center is part of several international networks and research projects and regularly holds public lectures by leading scholars and professionals.

Center for Experimental Studies of Internet, Entertainement and Gambling (CESIEG)

Director: Daniela Di Cagno –

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The CESIEG (Center for Experimental Studies of Internet, Entertainment, and Gambling) is a multidisciplinary research community that promotes the use of quantitative methods to study individual and collective decisions, and the economic and social phenomena that they determine.

CESIEG aims to contribute to modern quantitative social sciences through both the theoretical analysis of mathematical and statistical methods and their applications to relevant economic and social policy issues.

Crucial to this mission is to conduct experiments with appropriate incentives and under controlled conditions so that the factors actually influencing behavior can be identified and their effects measured.

CESIEG actually includes CESARE, a purpose-built laboratory in which experiment-based investigations are carried out.

CESIEG also conducts professional consulting, drawing on the academic and business expertise of its members.

Center on International and European Organizations (CROIE)

Director: Elena Sciso -

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The Research Center on International and European Organizations analyzes the role of international and European organizations in managing crises and in the development of international law, taking up and building on the numerous activities carried out over the years by the Osservatorio sulle istituzioni dell'Unione europea (Oversight Body for the Institutions of the European Union) established by the (then) Department of Political Science. 

The Center’s objectives are to:

  • Conduct research with international partners on topics of shared interest
  • Apply to international organizations or bodies as partners and develop joint projects such as conferences, seminars and research projects
  • Create a permanent oversight body on the activities of international and European organizations with specialized sections, involving other universities and professors 
  • Provide the most deserving students with experiences abroad, primarily within international organizations, to help them draft master’s theses on international topics

Center for Labor and Economic Growth (CeLEG)

Director: Pietro Reichlin –

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CeLEG (Center for Labor and Economic Growth) promotes academic research and policy advice on the labor market, productivity and economic growth, especially under an economic and legal point of view. In this context, growth is of great importance, together with its determinants: technological innovation and the investments in human capital. The center devotes special attention to the Italian market and its territorial specificities.

Centre for Research in Leadership, Innovation, and Organisation (CLIO)

Direttore Andrea Prencipe -

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CLIO aims to explore and improve understanding of the dynamics of change – that cut across industries, businesses, and individuals’ career paths – enabled by technological development.

CLIO constitutes a forum for academic researchers as well as practitioners and policy makers to exchange ideas and learn about new developments in the practice of organizing change.

Massimo Baldini Centre for Media and Democratic Innovations  (CMDI)

Director: Michele Sorice –

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The Massimo Baldini CMDI (Centre for Media and Democratic Innovations) aims to investigate contemporary reality - and the phenomena of communication in particular – using an interdisciplinary and hybridized research approach. The Centre carries out basic and applied research in the field of media, political and social studies. In particular, the main research topics of the Centre's activity can be schematically described as follows:

  • Media audiences
  • Media and cultural consumption
  • Political Communication
  • Media system and political institutions analysis
  • Social and political participation in the new forms of communication (web 2.0, digital media, etc.)
  • Media texts
  • Texts, formats and audiovisual languages
  • Market research about institutions, products, consumers
  • Journalism and information system

The Centre has an international vocation. It is involved in high scientific profile research projects and it is also engaged in the innovation of research methodology in the field of media and communication studies.
The Centre finally carries out training activities on behalf of public institutions and private companies, particularly in the professional backgrounds of the directors and managers of internal and external communication, press offices staff members, news and communication professionals.

Centro Arcelli per gli Studi Monetari e Finanziari (CASMEF)

Director: Giorgio Di Giorgio –

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The Arcelli Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (formerly Center for Monetary and Financial Studies - OCSM) was established in 1992 under the direction of Professor Mario Arcelli. It was aimed at promoting high-level research on monetary and financial issues. Toward this end, today CASMEF conducts academic research and professional consulting, drawing on the academic and business expertise of its members.

The center’s main goals are to:

  • Promote and support high-quality research on monetary economics, finance and banking.
  • Foster debate on current economic and financial issues through conferences and seminars, articles and reports.
  • Provide both quantitative and theoretical support for high-level advisory services, at both national and international level.

Centro di ricerca per il Diritto d’Impresa (CERADI)

Director: Fabio Marchetti -

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CERADI (Centro di ricerca per il diritto d’impresa – Business Law Research Center) aims to develop the research on business law, banks, financial markets and tax law.

Centro di ricerca sulle Amministrazioni Pubbliche "Vittorio Bachelet"

Director: Giuseppe Di Gaspare -

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The Vittorio Bachelet Research Center on Public Administration aims to investigate the transformation of public structures in the light of the adjustment of public administration to constitutional rules and principles and of the effects of the rights of citizenship in the (public) administration.

The center focuses its research on the evolution toward federalism of public and administrative institutions, devoting special attention to the importance of regional and local autonomies, to the European perspective in the public administration and to the instruments of citizenship protection. The center focuses mainly on important aspects of the public administration (i.e. education, healthcare, environment), on reforms that influence public leadership and on the relationship between citizenship and administrative institutions (social citizenship, horizontal subsidiarity, administrative justice). Specifically designed oversight committees collect data that help develop the aforementioned studies.

The center organizes courses for young researchers, comparative seminars and training courses for public company directors and public officers. Moreover, the center publishes many works of research and two magazines. Finally, the center benefits greatly from the Vittorio Bachelet library (approximately 1700 volumes).

International Research Center for Social Innovation (CERIIS)

Director: Matteo Giuliano Caroli -

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The International Research Center for Social Innovation (CERIIS) was founded by LUISS Guido Carli University and by ItaliaCamp. Its mission is to study the phenomenon of social innovation, develop conceptual models useful for its effective implementation, promote experimentation and foster collaboration between all parties involved in its development.
CERIIS intends to be an important player in the Italian ecosystem of social innovation, of scientific processing, test projects and cultural integration. It carries out its activities through collaboration with private entities, foundations, public institutions, and government bodies. It also encourages sensitivity to social innovation at LUISS Guido Carli and other Italian universities, integrating its activity with other initiatives within the area of ethics, social entrepreneurship, and social and environmental responsibility.

CERIIS studies the issues and develops conceptual models for social innovation, with specific reference to the following: Business model systems suitable to meet social needs; financial architecture and instruments for initiatives of social innovation; the development of professional skills in the management of social innovation; new models of marketing for the satisfaction of social demand; the development and use of multimedia technologies for social innovation; the creation and development of social enterprises; venture philanthropy for social innovation; and the evolution of CSR and social innovation.

Centro di studi sul Parlamento (CESP)

Director: Nicola Lupo -

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The Centre for Parliamentary Studies, established in 1995, examines and does interdisciplinary research on the procedures, organization and composition of the two Chambers of the Italian Parliament, and their relationships with the European Parliament and the regional assemblies.
The Centre coordinates the activities of scholars and researchers in the fields of:

  • Parliamentary history
  • Sociology and parliamentary statistics
  • Parliamentary law in Italy and in the EU
  • Legislative drafting
  • Parliamentary and budget procedures

Along with its research activities, the Centre offers the Master in Parliament and Public Policies, launched in 1987 and now part of the LUISS School of Government as an in-depth seminar and post-graduate professionalization.

Centro Italiano Studi Elettorali (CISE)

Director: Roberto D’Alimonte –

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The CISE (Centro Italiano Studi Elettorali – Italian Center for Electoral Studies), is a research center established jointly by LUISS Guido Carli University and the University of Florence. Its main activity is to study elections and related institutions and processes. As a result, the main research activities of the Center concern:

  • Analysis of political attitudes and behavior at the individual level, through the regular Italian political oversight survey series program, as well as through participation in the ITANES (Italian National Election Studies) national inter-university consortium
  • Geographical analysis of vote choice, based on official aggregate data
  • Estimation of electoral turnover tables, through the use of official data at the polling-station level
  • Analysis of electoral systems, with an active contribution to the public debate on electoral reform
  • Analysis of minor electoral legislation

CISE carries out most of its research through active partnerships with both national and international research centers, projects, and consortia.

Centro Studi di Economia della Formazione e delle Professioni (CeFOP)

Director: Livia De Giovanni -

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CEFOP (Centro Studi di Economia della Formazione e delle Professioni – Research Center on the Economics of Education and Training) aims to monitor the evolution of the economic system toward a knowledge-based economy.

The research is directed not only at scholars but also at businesses and families, in order to shape educational decisions and try to lessen the mismatch between competencies acquired during education and the needs of the labor market. The center aims to give a truthful but positive image of the Italian situation, therefore employing a different approach that underlies Italian excellence in several fields. The final goal is to create a self-reinforcing network of excellence.

Industrial and Financial Research Group (GRIF)

Director: Valentina Meliciani -

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The GRIF (Centro di ricerche industriali e finanziarie – Industrial and Financial Research Center) carries out both basic and applied research in the areas of industrial economics, competition, regulation, economics and corporate finance for its own research objectives as well as for external contracts. GRIF develops its research in cooperation with firms, institutions and agencies.

Its main areas of interest are:

  • The industrial economy and politics
  • Regulation of the market and infrastructure policies in the fields of transport, energy, telecommunications and local public services.
  • Competition, antitrust policies, privatization and liberalization
  • Energy and environmental policies, green technologies and renewable energies
  • Innovation economics and technology transfer
  • Local development, economic planning, industrial districts and regional economics
  • Sector analysis
  • Feasibility studies and cost-benefit analysis

International Center on Democracies and Democratization (ICEDD)

Director: Leonardo Morlino –

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The ICEDD is a research center directed by Leonardo Morlino, that looks at the processes of democratization and the quality of democracy. It is characterized by the adoption and implementation of quantitative and qualitative methods. Research is conducted by scholars working at LUISS as well as in other Italian universities. The center belongs to an active research network where the most important institutions working on democratization at the international level are included.

Research activities are focused both on countries transitioning from authoritarianism to democracy and on the crises and changes of democracy that some consolidated democratic countries are experiencing. The principal fields of research can be summarized as follows:

  • The process of democracy building and consolidation
  • The quality of democracy
  • The destiny and transformation of European liberalism
  • Political leadership in periods of transition

Finally, the ICEDD publishes the results of its research and organizes high level and international seminars.

Laboratorio di analisi politica e sociale (LUISS – LAPS)

Director: Raffaele De Mucci –

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LUISS LAPS is a research center within the Political Science Department at LUISS. It mostly follows two research agendas, one regarding socio-political studies and one regarding the methodology of social sciences. Its goal is to promote research programs with a strong theoretical framework for empirical analysis. LAPS conducts surveys and lab experiments and has a yearly publication that covers its research findings. It mostly focuses on:

  • Impact of ICTs and Open Data on civic culture, behaviors and values
  • Political participation and government culture
  • Market, democracy and democratization processes in the global governance of international relations
  • Epistemological fallibilism in the tradition of methodological individualism

Laboratorio LUISS sul Mezzogiorno

Director: Stefano Manzocchi -

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The Laboratorio LUISS sul Mezzogiorno develops a wide variety of analysis techniques to evaluate various aspects of Southern Italy, including:

  • the divide between the North and South,
  • quantifying potential productivity and employment,
  • best European and Italian practices,
  • diffusion of virtuous models with special attention to innovation, internationalization and entrepreneurship.

LUISS DREAM (Diritto e Regole per Europa Amministrazione e Mercati)

Director: Gian Domenico

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LUISS DREAM (Laws and Rules for European Administration and Markets) is a research center established by the Department of Law at LUISS Guido Carli and directed by Professor Gian Domenico Mosco. The Center operates in conjunction with other LUISS research centers.
The acronym DREAM, like the English word, represents the Center’s goal of comprehensively dealing with regulation and justice with one eye on Europe, the other on the markets, and with both attentive to the phase when rules are enacted as well as the overall activity of public administration; for what it evokes, a concept of law as an element that is able to help envision and engineer the economic and social development of the country.

To monitor the sectors of interest within the scope of LUISS DREAM are the permanent laboratories and oversight bodies LabLib – Laboratory on Liberalization and Regulation, and OPICC – Oversight Body of Intellectual Property, Competition and Communication.

LUISS Lab of European Economics (LLEE)

Director: Stefano Manzocchi –

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LLEE (LUISS Lab of European Economics) carries out research on European and international economics. Its main focus is on European economic dynamics and structures, analyzed either with formal theoretical and econometric instruments or with the tools of descriptive comparative and applied economics. LLEE develops its research activity in cooperation with European and Italian institutions, with research and training institutes in Europe and elsewhere, and with partners from the world of production, finance and trade.

LLEE focuses mainly on three research areas. The first area concerns research on the knowledge economy and the contribution of intangible capital to growth and development carried out through international cooperation between the Lab and other research centers. The second area concerns the development of the labor market in Europe, in light of economic, demographic and technological transformations. Finally, the third area concerns SMEs, a central element in the European development and occupational policy.

The LUISS Lab of European Economics contributes to academic, postgraduate and professional training with the aim of promoting the scientific and managerial skills of students and professionals who operates in integrated economies. It also encourages and promotes academic and professional exchanges, with the aim of providing opportunities both for the presence of outstanding scholars at LLEE and at LUISS University, and for the training of Italian students abroad. The Lab promotes and organizes conferences and debates on topics of current economic interest, followed up with the publication of related materials.

Osservatorio sulla Sicurezza Internazionale

Director: Alessandro Orsini -

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OSI promotes research, organizes events and provides consulting on international security with special focus on the Middle East and Northern Africa.  Current research focuses on migration and radicalization. The observatory also manages the site Sicurezza Internazionale.


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X.ITE is an interdisciplinary research center that focuses primarily on decision-making processes and the behaviors of individuals. The center works to develop a deeper understanding of how new technologies influence human behavior.

The center was established in order to create a new organization to use interdisciplinary approaches and methods to catalyze transversal and fragmented research interests.

X.ITE aims to respond to the need for new understandings of behaviors and decision-making processes of consumers, citizens, individuals and communities as well as trends, theories and research methods influences by technology.

The research center is a collaboration between experts in the fields of Econometrics, Anthropology, Semiotics, Marketing, Consumer Behavior and Sociology.