Venice centre in Economic and Risk Analytics for public policies

VERA Centre

The Venice centre in Economic and Risk Analytics for Public Policies (VERA) is the new Centre of the Department of Economics focusing on big data applied to social welfare and wellbeing, risk analytics and evaluation of public policies. A primary aim of the Centre is to inform policy makers and to provide scientific support for decisions concerning several policy challenges such as the sustainability of welfare and health systems, the phenomenon of migration, the impact of ageing, the effects of climate change, the mitigation strategies of environmental impacts, the emergence of policy and financial instability.

Venice centre in Economic and Risk Analytics for public policies (VERA)

The activities of the Centre will address four of the Ca’ Foscari Research Institutes for Global Challenges (Complexity, Social Innovation, International Studies, Green and Blue Growth) through methodologies and advanced systems based on the use of big data, social networks, georeferencing, experimental data (lab and field experiments).

One of the most important goals is to enhance production and use of big data and to develop economic, mathematical and statistical models applicable to different economic sectors such as agriculture and environment, health, finance, tourism and sustainability. These models will be in line with the objectives of Industry 4.0 and the digital transformation.

The VERA Centre is funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research [ITA] through the Department of Excellence Project.


Innovating research

Innovating research methods, adapting them to calculation models that can exploit the great potential of microdata and big data from different sources.

Strengthening research

Strengthening experimental research conducted in lab and field (lab and field experiments).

Improving public policies

Widening the fields of application of the analysis of and methodologies for the evaluation of public policies in order to improve their quality and effectiveness.

Training future decision makers

Training future economists and analysts able to provide scientific support for analysis and to identify potential public policy actions.

Attracting international talents

Enhancing international talent selection and recruitment in order to set up an international multidisciplinary and multicultural research team with the best talents on board.


VERA Academy: the call is online!

The Department of Economics, within the new project of the Department of Excellence 2023-2027– “Venice Initiative on Vulnerability Analysis” , offers to students enrolled in its Master's Degree Courses 12 VERA ACADEMY internship grants. The 4 month internships will take place between June and November 2023.
Deadline for application 30 May 2023.

VERA - SIdE Summer Schools - Deadline extended to 12th June

The Italian Econometric Association (SIdE) in collaboration with the VERA Centre organizes two summer Schools in Econometrics: Network Econometrics (26 June - 30 June 2023) and  Bayesian Methods in Economics and Finance   (28 August - 1 September 2023). The summer schools will be held in Venice at the Department of Economics and online. A reduced fee is foreseen for PhD and master students of the Department of Economics ( in-presence participation 150 euro;  online participation 50 euro).

QS 2023: Ca' Foscari ranked in 16 subjects

The leading subjects are "Modern Languages" (66th place in the world and 3rd in Italy) and "Classical Studies and Ancient History" (Top 90 in the world and 9th in Italy), which reached top positions thanks to  their excellent international reputation. The university has also maintained first place in Italy for the "Hospitality and Leisure Management" subject (Top 100 in the world).

The European TranspArEEnS project enters phase 3

TranspArEEns is a 30-month EU-funded project that aims to develop a qualitative-quantitative framework for the standardised collection and analysis of EE (energy efficiency) and ESG (Environmental Social Governance) information of small and medium-sized enterprises and deliver a standardised EE-ESG rating in accordance with the recommendations and benchmarks provided at European level by the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG).