Research projects

The Department of Economics manages numerous research projects, both national and international, characterized by a multidisciplinary and innovative approach to those small, medium and large scale applications.

The projects are shown according to the Research Institute for Global Challenges promoted by the University, aimed at encouraging partnerships and enhancing the most promising researchers.

CITIES2030 - Co-creating resIlient and susTaInable food systEms towardS FOOD2030

Researcher: Nicola Camatti; Grant: H2020; Lenght: 01/10/2020 - 30/09/2024; Budget: € 11.779.827,25 (Ca' Foscari: € 844.734,50)

The main goal of CITIES2030 is to create a future proof and effective Urban food system and ecosystem via a connected structure centered in the citizen built on trust.

The project commit to work towards the transformation and restructuring of the way systems produce, transport and supply, recycle and reuse food in the 21st century. CITIES2030's vision is to connect short food supply chains, bring together cities and regions, consumers, strategic and complementary  industrial partners,  civil society, promising start-ups and enterprises, innovators and visionary thinkers, leading universities and research  institutions trough  vast diversity of disciplines addressing the urban food system and eco system including food science, social science and big data.

The objective is to reach via multiple tools delivered by CITIES2030 such as the CRFS Alliance, a community of practice supported by a digital platform, reaching all over Europe and beyond. Cities and regions will improve resilience and sustainability, and their leadership will create short food supply chain and ecosystems enabling local investments, trans-borders and transnational deployment.

EeMMIP - Energy efficient Mortgage Market Implementation Plan

Researcher: Monica Billio; Grant: H2020; Lenght: 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2023; Budget: € 256.265,00.

The Energy Efficient Mortgage Market Implementation Plan (EeMMIP) will build on efforts to develop EEM by delivering an integrated market and a blueprint for established and emerging markets around the globe.

The Project will conduct an analysis of the current market systems relevant to the development of an EEM market and establish demonstrators to support the demonstration of the end-to-end customer journey and EEM life-cycle. It will establish market-based governance and an EEM Label to support  recognition of and confidence in EEM and facilitate access to quality information for market participants. It will deliver guidance for the inclusion of energy efficiency in credit risk assessments for lending institutions and supervisors and policy recommendations for the prudential framework in line with the principle of risk sensitivity and promote a well-functioning banking market. Finally, it will support global take-up of EEM through the Label and institutional cooperation.

EeMMIP responds to the objectives of the EU in the areas of sustainable finance and climate change, all against the background of Capital Markets Union, and aims to influence the entire value chain, from consumer to bond investor, stimulating mentality change and securing energy efficiency in market attitudes and best practices both in Europe and globally.

SECURITY - Social-Ecological interdependencies in transboundary water resources systems

Researcher: Carlo Giupponi; Grant: MSCA - Individual Fellowships; Lenght: 01/02/2019 - 31/12/2022; Budget: € 262.269,00.

More than 286 internationally shared river basins supply 60% of global freshwater. The United Nations and the Council of European Union has highlighted the potential of transboundary water diplomacy. The complex interdependencies between humans and water in these transboundary basins remain poorly understood in the newly proposed discipline of socio-hydrology. Therefore, an assessment of social-ecological interdependencies in transboundary water resources systems is now urgently required for implementing target 6.5 of SDGs and for fulfilling the EU’s commitment on international peace and security.

The overall objective of the envisaged research is to develop new understandings of complex human-water systems in large transboundary river basins with an aim to contribute scientific advancement of socio-hydrology and to enhance transboundary cooperation for international peace and security. The proposed research will be hosted in two highly qualified laboratories (during outgoing phase at MIT, with Prof. Susskind and during return phase at UNIVE with Prof. Giupponi). Going beyond the state-ofthe-art, the proposed project will develop for the first time: an analytical framework of complex tranboundary water system; comparative network analysis for social ecological systems in two river basins; consideration of negotiation theory and role-play game in developing transboundary cooperation strategies. The proposed project is fundamentally interdisciplinary in characters. The scientifically innovative and socially relevant (for EU and the Globe) proposed project will help me achieve higher levels of professional maturity through innovative research, advanced training, the transferrable skills and interdisciplinary experiences in two highly qualified institutions both at MIT and at UNIVE.

These unique experiences will support to achieve my short-(e.g., human-water interactions), medium- (e.g., young investigator) and long-term (permanent position in academia) career goals.

HYSOTIB - Global dynamics of hydro-sociality in river heritage landscapes of the Qinghai Tibetan Plateau

Researcher: Francesco Vallerani; Grant: MSCA - Individual Fellowships; Lenght: 01/02/2019 - 31/01/2022; Budget: € 251.353,92.

Global water challenges call urgently today for additional and deeper research by social scientists in order to achieve sustainability.

By combining methods of geo-morphology and anthropology, HYSOTIB will provide an in-depth ethnographic study of one of the globe’s key river heritage landscapes – the China’s Qinghai Headwaters including the sources of the Yellow, Yangtze and Mekong rivers. The on-going transformation of the the Qinghai headwaters into a national park hinges on a profound socio-ecological paradox, where the locals (97% ethnic Tibetan) are considered by Chinese authorities as both drivers of environmental impact as well as central to local natural and cultural heritage preservation practices. HYSOTIB will disentagle the underlying dynamics of this phenomenon by investigating socio-cultural and environmental issues, thus bridging the still huge scientific gap between heritage- and water/river studies. The primary fieldwork will take place at the upper reaches of the Yangtze river in the Yushu Tibetan Prefecture (Qinghai Province).

Selected case-study areas from the Three-River Source National Nature Reserve will be examined as hydro-social contexts of global encounters arising within defined ecological, ethnic and territorial boundaries.


Thanks to the researcher’s knowledge in Tibetan and Chinese language, and her previous fieldwork experience in Tibetan areas of China, HYSOTIB will provide a timely and improved understanding of the global context. Urgent environmental and anthropic risks, currently at the core of the EU-China 2020 Strategic Cooperation Agenda, will be addressed. The training in river science and heritage studies at the universities of Auckland (NZ) and Ca’ Foscari in Venice (IT) will significantly cement the candidate’s status as a leading geo-social scientist.

ACTION - Assessing Climate TransItion OptioNs: policy vs impacts

Researcher: Marinella Davide; Grant: MSCA - Individual Fellowships; Lenght: 12/09/2018 - 11/09/2021; Budget: € 269.002,56.

ACTION project aims at enhancing transparency and comparability among countries’ climate change policies while offering insights into a fair and just transition toward the sustainable development.

The Paris Agreement, adopted at the end of 2015, affirms the urgency to tackle climate change and foster a climate-resilient and inclusive low carbon development. The pledge-and-review approach launched by the Agreement requires more than 190 States to periodically update their climate plans toward more ambitious actions. This calls for new systematic tools to track countries’ commitment toward the achievement of global objectives (i.e. limiting the average temperature increase well below 2°C) as well as for a comparison, which considers synergies and adverse impacts arising from national specificities. Falling at the intersection of public policy, climate change economics and climate science, ACTION will develop a quantitative approach to empirically evaluate national climate policies in terms of stringency, determinants, and economic impacts. By assessing the effectiveness of current measures and by identifying successful elements and obstacles, ACTION will support the EU and its Member States to better design their future climate agenda.

ACTION will be hosted in two highly qualified institutions: during the outgoing phase (24 months) at Harvard University, under the guidance of Prof. Aldy, and during the incoming phase (12 months) at Ca’ Foscari University under the supervision of Prof. De Cian.

VIA-MER - Paesaggi della Venezia Orientale nel viaggio lungo l'antica rotta della mercanzia tra Venezia e Portogruaro

Researcher: Francesco Vallerani; Grant: Programma di sviluppo rurale per il Veneto 2014-2020; Managing Authority: Regione del Veneto – Direzione AdG FEASR Parchi e Foreste; Entity responsible for information: Department of Economics - Ca' Foscari University of Venice; Lenght: 31/08/2018 - 31/08/2019; Budget: € 19.721,94.

With this project, through organized coordination activities, preparatory studies and territorial animation realized in synergy between different private subjects of the agricultural world and public entities, they intend to create the conditions suitable for the establishment of a cooperation group with agro-climatic purpose environmental (GCA) able to increase initiatives aimed at the enhancement of rural landscapes in their agricultural context, environmental tourism, historical, cultural, landscape, food and wine, products of the Food Park and new agricultural production of the territory and in the preservation of agricultural biodiversity and naturalistic of the geographical area involved in the intervention.

The project aims to increase the tourist receptivity of the geographical area where it develops allowing the primary sector to enhance the company's productions also following their first transformation carried out within the framework of the Small Local Productions referred to in the regional legislation. At the same time, an environment and a territory are presented as we see them, thus making the right recognition to the primary sector because of its constant and active presence.

EeDaPP - Energy efficiency Data Protocol and Portal

Researcher: Monica Billio; Grant: H2020 - Energy Efficiency; Lenght: 01/03/2018 - 29/02/2020; Budget: € 1.500.000,00 (Ca' Foscari: € 220.000,00);

The EeDaPP Project intends to deliver large-scale, granular technical and financial data related to energy efficient mortgages by way of a standardised data protocol to be accessed through a common, centralised portal.

Three key outputs will be:

  1. the definition of specific reporting criteria for the gathering of data on energy efficient mortgages;
  2. the design and delivery of the standardised protocol for the gathering, processing and disclosing of such data, and the design of a centralised portal;
  3. the analysis of data gathered to further integrate ‘green value’ in property valuation and substantiate the correlation between energy efficiency and risk.

In this way, the EeDaPP Project builds on and complements the ongoing EeMAP Project, which is intended to design an energy efficient mortgage financing mechanism.

ENERGYA - Energy Use for Adaptation

Researcher: Enrica De Cian; Grant: ERC Starting Grant; Lenght: 01/02/2018 - 29/02/2023; Budget: € 1.495.000,00

ENERGYA will improve our understanding of how energy and energy services can be used by households and industries to adapt to the risk posed by climate change. Specifically, the project will develop an interdisciplinary and scalable research framework integrating data and methods from economics with geography, climate science, and integrated assessment modelling to provide new knowledge concerning heterogeneity in energy use across countries, sectors, socioeconomic conditions and income groups, and assess the broad implications adaptation-driven energy use can have on the economy, the environment, and welfare.

The key novelty of ENERGYA is to link energy statistics and energy survey data with high spatial resolution data from climate science and remote sensing, including high-resolution spatial data on meteorology, population and economic activity distribution, electrification, and the built environment.

ENERGYA has three main objectives. First, it will produce novel statistical and econometric analyses for OECD and major emerging countries (Brazil, Mexico, India, and Indonesia) to shed light on the underlying mechanisms driving energy use. Second, it will infer future potential impacts from long-run climate and socioeconomic changes building on historical empirical evidence. Third, it will analyse the macro and distributional implications of adaptation-driven energy use with an economy-energy model characterising the distribution of energy use dynamics across and within countries.

Given the central role of energy as multiplier for socioeconomic development and as enabling condition for climate resilience, the research proposed in ENERGYA will result in timely insights for the transition towards sustainability described by the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations as well as the Paris International Climate Agreement.

BLUTOURSYSTEM - Knowledge platform, skills and creative synergies for blue tourism ecosystem project

Researcher: Jan Van der Borg; Grant: Interreg Italia-Croazia; Lenght: 01/01/2018 - 30/06/2019; Budget: € 1.037.050,00 (Ca' Foscari: € 324.450,00).

Sea tourism is a resource that must be monitored and developed to be a means of development of a territory. The main objective is to improve knowledge of the phenomenon, at all levels.

An observatory of tourism dynamics will be developed: public administrations, citizens and tourists will be able to consult online an interactive map to analyze the situation of tourism flows and take decisions in a more informed way. In addition, the project team will open a comparison between all the actors in play on both sides of the Adriatic

Among the expected results an increase of the investments in the tourism of the coastal areas in terms of eco-innovation and competitiveness, promoting and encouraging at the same time a differentiated and creative offer of cross-border tourism.

EeMAP - Energy efficiency Mortgages Action Plan

Researcher: Monica Billio; Grant: H2020 - Energy Efficiency; Lenght: 01/05/2017 - 31/03/2019; Budget: € 1.553.062,50 (Ca' Foscari: € 240.000,00).

In the EU, buildings are responsible for 40% of total energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. By improving the energy efficiency (EE) of buildings, the EU’s total energy consumption could be reduced by 5-6% and CO2 emissions by 5%.

Considering that the building stock constitutes the largest single energy consumer in the EU, and that the value of the European mortgage market is equal to 53% of EU’s GDP, there is huge potential to bridge financial innovation and the EE world and to unlock the benefits of mortgage financing to support EE to the benefit of all. The EeMAP Project intends to deliver a standardised framework based on a market benchmark to stimulate EE investment by households in the EU’s housing stock by way of a private banking financing mechanism. Three key outputs will be: a framework for a building energy passport, recording the EE history of a property by recognising the improvements made; a framework that can integrate the “green value” of a property through EE and collected market data; the framework for an EE mortgage product. Accordingly, EE investment will become financially viable, as market transparency will be improved.

The Project will create synergies in the mortgage and covered bond value chain, delivering a virtuous circle between lenders, borrowers and investors from the origination of the energy efficient mortgage to the pooling of EE collateral for the purpose of energy efficient covered bonds. EeMAP has long-term potential to drive housing markets of EE collateral for the purpose of energy efficient covered bonds. EeMAP has long-term potential to drive housing markets global climate change demands. Concretely, issuing 35,000 green mortgages a year can achieve savings of 88 GWh per annum.

The EeMAP Project brings together all the necessary competencies (financial, building and EE, property valuation, energy provision and data) to develop a credible, workable and marketable pan-European energy efficient mortgage initiative.

ALTER ECO - Alternative tourist strategies to enhance the local sustainable development of tourism by promoting the Mediterranean Identity

Researcher: Jan Van der Borg; Grant: Interreg MED; Lenght: 01/11/2016 - 30/04/2019; Budget: € 2.293.630,00 (Ca' Foscari: € 354.381,25).

The Mediterranean is under threat due to the inappropriate practice and development associated with mass tourism. As a consequence areas of high tourist attraction in coastal cities are reaching their limit on carrying capacity, with a direct impact not only on the urban environment but on key elements that define MED Culture.In this context, ALTER ECO enhances the local sustainable development of tourism by promoting Mediterranean Identity through the implementation of alternative tourist strategies in 6 pilots co-designed and implemented by public and private stakeholders.

The project provides the opportunity of testing, in representative MED cities, used as LIVING LAB, existing methodologies and tools arisen in previous high impact projects in the field of sustainable tourism or proposed by key stakeholders, with the aim of reaching holistic and realistic tourist strategies at local and regional level that allow transferability in the MED territory. Project results will support policy makers to make more informed and integrated decisions for the governance and management of tourism in the Mediterranean and at the same time will enhance the coordination of actions between public and private stakeholders towards the implementation of the raised strategies in order to create new business opportunities.

ALTER ECO will contribute to improve knowledge and decision making capacities, including a better use of observation, monitoring and planning in the field of sustainable tourism MED.

SHAPETOURISM - New Shape and drives for the tourism sector: supporting decision, integrating plans and ensuring sustainability

Researcher: Jan Van der Borg; Grant: Interreg MED; Lenght: 01/11/2016 - 30/04/2018; Budget: € 598.536,50 (Ca' Foscari: € 161.220,50); Med 

Shapetourism improves the tourism knowledge framework, providing analysis and operational tools to pinpoint an integrated methodology to shape and drive tourism sustainable growth, particularly for Cultural Destinations.

It supports policymakers and private operators to achieve: attractiveness, growth and sustainability, taking into account the major challenges of global competition. Starting from the capitalization of scientific studies and from tourism established patterns, the project gears towards the balance between divergent public and private interests with the final scope to drive tourism development to an holistic, highly operational and sustainable approach.

Project provides:

  1. Smart Tourism Data System, to arrange recommendations and scenarios, to improve attractiveness and competitiveness of territorial assets;
  2. Planning Solutions to tackle territorial assets sustainable exploitation, while balancing conflicts between landscape conservation and tourism growth pressures and tailoring responses to destinations life cycle;
  3. ShapeTourism Protocol based on a Participative decisional support system able to create effective synergies and cooperation mechanisms for a responsible coastal and maritime integrated management.

Actually, SHAPETOURISM enables to fill up some structural gaps providing: open-data/BigData processing; new sample survey; business ecosystem analysis; DSS leveraging on opportunities/facing risks and providing tools to develope ICZM and MSP, MED.

EPOC - Economic Policy in Complex Environments

Researcher: Paolo Pellizzari; Grant: MSCA - Innovative Training Networks; Lenght: 01/03/2021 - 28/02/2025; Budget: € 3.982.061,52 (Ca' Foscari: € 522.999,39).

Many of the main current economic and societal challenges in Europe are characterised by complex dynamic patterns stemming from path dependency, irreversibility, systemic risk and (local) interaction of heterogeneous agents.

The Innovative Training Network EPOC aims at advancing the state-of-the-art and the applicability of computationally intensive methods for decision and policy analysis and at using these methods in the domains of climate change and innovation. This agenda will be pursued by combining an interdisciplinary research agenda with an innovative European joint doctoral training programme. Early Stage Researchers will gain expertise and skills in data science, network theory, agent-based simulation, and economic modelling, with focus on climate change

and innovation, and will apply these skills in their individual research projects. The academic training will be complemented by Transferable Skills Training Measures, Inter-Sectoral Training Measures, provided by non-academic partners, and Career Development Training. Interaction with stakeholders, policy makers and the general public will play an important role in pursuing the EPOC agenda and disseminating the results.

Hi-Di NET - Econometric Analysis of High Dimensional Network Structures in Macroeconomics and Finance

Researcher: Monica Billio; Grant: PRIN - MIUR; Lenght: 29/04/2020 - 29/10/2023; Budget: € 238.189,00; Website:

The project aims at developing novel multivariate econometric models and methods able to deal with network effects and to take into account time varying relationships. The purpose is to propose high dimensional models capable to deal with high dimension databases.

In the last two decades, network models become important tools in many fields (e.g. Physics, Biology, Information Theory, Machine Learning, Genetics, Biostatistics, Statistics). In social science, in both

economic theory and empirical economics, network is nowadays also an important tool of analysis. Despite of their potential, the problems related to inference and modelling with network structures are still largely unexplored. Moreover, network inference is coupled with high-dimensional models and large dataset. It is thus crucial that econometric theory answers these questions by developing methods and practices to provide satisfactory solutions to inference and modelling problems associated with large dataset, high-dimension time series and network analysis. This is the challenging aim of the project.

From an applied perspective, the main interest of the project is the application of the new high dimensional models including network structures to the central theme of financial and macroeconomic stability, which will be analysed from two main perspectives: macroeconomic and financial.

HiDEA - Advanced Econometrics for High-frequency Data

Researcher: Loriana Pelizzon; Grant: PRIN - MIUR; Lenght: 29/04/2020 - 29/10/2023; Budget: € 97.000,00.

The research project HiDEA (Advanced Econometric methods for High-Frequency Data) aims at developing new theoretical ideas in the econometrics of high-frequency data, and to apply them to solve open economic and financial problems.

In particular, the main theoretical advancements of the project will be: developing the econometrics of stale prices, the econometrics of flash crashes, the econometrics of large cross-sections.

The main applications will be: measuring market liquidity from transaction prices, study policy implications for the prevention of mini flash crashes unrelated to market fundamentals, exploiting the informational content in the cross sections of high-frequency data for analyzing market behavior and for systemic risk monitoring, and understanding the behavior and role played by high-frequency traders in the price formation process.

EIBURS - - ESG Factors and Climate Change for Credit Analysis and Rating

Researcher: Monica Billio; Grant: European Investment Bank; Lenght: 01/12/2019 -31/01/2023; Budget: € 516.300,00.

The aim of the project is to implement a methodology to include ESG criteria and climate change factors into credit analysis and ratings.

Given that ESG factors measure the firm’s sustainability and its ethical skills, the project investigates how those factors affect the creditworthiness of a firm measured by credit ratings over time. Moreover, we include in the analysis the impact that climate change could exert over a firm belonging to a certain industry.

The expected result of the project is to introduce augmented credit ratings which include ESG factors and climate change scenarios.

ION - Information Diffusion on Networks

Researcher: Nicole Tabasso; Grant: MSCA - Individual Fellowships; Lenght: 01/02/2019 - 31/01/2021; Budget: € 180.277,20.

This two-year research project aims to analyse the simultaneous diffusion of multiple pieces of information on (social) networks; how messages may interact, how rumours diffuse in the presence of truthful information and verification, and how network structure interacts with the virality of information.

Misinformation can have severe consequences, such as the debunked myth of a link between vaccinations and autism or AIDS denialism. Political examples also abound. The rise in communication through online networks is often quoted as contributing to an increased spread of rumours and misinformation. Yet, in truth the state of the art has little to say about how alternative pieces of information interact on networks, and even less why rumours might be propagated without prior verification. This project aims to build rigorous economic models which can shed light on the processes and decisions involved, thus addressing the tangible threat that the spread of misinformation poses to society. I am an experienced researcher and have worked for various years in the area of information diffusion on networks, providing me with excellent insights and methodological tools to work on this project under the supervision of Professor Sergio Currarini, a leading expert in network theory.

My stay at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice will allow me to establish new (international) collaborations and additional training, particularly regarding interdisciplinary tools to bring to the economic study of (mis)information diffusion. Together the training, network, and publications inherent in the development of this project will have an extremely positive impact on my career, including increased possibilities to apply for future funding calls by the EU. By forming the basis of a long-run research agenda focusing on online information diffusion the project will contribute to the EU's Digital Market Strategy and to its international reputation as a world leading research destination.

SSHOC - Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud

Researcher: Agar Brugiavini; Grant: H2020; Lenght: 01/02/2019 - 30/06/2023; Budget: € 212.850,00; Website:

The project aims to provide a full-fledged Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) where data, tools, and training are available and accessible for users of SSH data.

The focus of the project is determined by the goal to further the innovation of infrastructural support for digital scholarship, to stimulate multidisciplinary collaboration across the various subfields of SSH and beyond, and to increase the potential for societal impact.

The intention is to create a European open cloud ecosystem for social sciences and humanities, consisting of an infrastructural and human component. Development, realisation and maintenance of user-friendly tools & services, covering all aspects of the full research data cycle will be built, taking into account human-centric approach and creating links between people, data, services and training.

SSHOC will encourage secure environments for sharing and using sensitive and confidential data. Where relevant, the results of EOSC-hub H2020 project will be adopted. The SSHOC will contribute to the Open Science agenda and realising the EOSC. This project aligns with prescribed cluster activities in order to realise a SSH cloud that can fully encompass infrastructural support for the study of social and cultural phenomena. Moreover, the planned SSH Cloud is instrumental to Europe's multilingualism; data in Europe is often available in multiple languages thus making a strong incentive for comparative research of the societal and cultural phenomena that are reflected in language use. The SSH Cloud shall contribute to innovations stemming from the coupling of these heterogeneous data types - and work on the Interoperability principle of FAIR. rather slowly in certain parts of the EU, for a host of structural reasons detailed below. This threatens the stability of SHARE, has stalled the inclusion of all EU member states, and is threatening its world-class standards.

The project aims to enlarge SHARE-ERIC membership, enhance the technical architecture, introduce several scientific innovations, and support the central coordination which is crucial for the international cooperation and cross-national comparability.

EUTERPE - EUropean TERm Premium Estimation of the term premium in Euro Area government bonds

Researcher : Andrea Berardi; Grant: MSCA - Individual Fellowship; Lenght: 01/04/2018 - 31/03/2020; Budget: € 180.277,20

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The purpose of the EUTERPE (EUropean TERm Premium Estimation) project is to implement an innovative system producing timely and reliable estimates of the term premium and its components for government bonds of the Euro Area (EA).

The project aims to fill an important gap in the existing literature by proposing an integrated procedure which relies on a novel multi-country term structure model with interrelation between yield curves, macro variables, volatility,and global factors.

EUTERPE intends to equip the European policymakers with a new analytical tool for their monetary policy decisions and has potentially various applications in the financial industry, thereby representing a way to use knowledge in Europe effectively for business and policy purposes.

ExSIDE - Expectations and Social Influence Dynamics in Economics

Researcher: Paolo Pellizzari; Grant: MSCA - Innovative Training Networks; Lenght: 01/03/2016 - 28/02/2021; Budget: € 3.900.000 (Ca' Foscari: € 516.122,64);

Expectations play a crucial role in determining the behaviour of many economic decision makers. The recent financial and economic crisis has highlighted the importance of expectation dynamics for economic development, the success of firm strategies and public policies.

The Innovative Training Network ExSIDE aims at improving our understanding of the role of expectation formation and social influence for economic dynamics and for the optimal design of economic policy. This agenda will be pursued by combining an interdisciplinary research agenda with an innovative European joint doctoral training programme, which provides Early Stage Researchers with a broad range of expertise and skills needed for a thorough analysis of expectation formation processes and their role in Economics. Both the research projects and the training activities will combine work in Behavioural Economics, Psychoanalysis, Opinion Formation, Network Theory, Agentbased Simulation and Economic Modelling in different areas. The academic training will be complemented by extensive Transferable Skills Training Measures, Inter-Sectoral Training Measures, provided by non-academic partners, and Career Development Training. Interaction with stakeholders, policy makers and the general public will play an important role in pursuing the ExSIDE agenda and disseminating the results. The ExSIDE consortium consists of eight leading European universities and nine non-academic partners. Each Early Stage Researcher will be hosted by two universities, has a secondment with a non-academic partner and will graduate with a joint or double degree.

The research and training in ExSIDE will ensure world-wide employability of the ExSIDE graduates inside and outside academia and will also boost the ability of European institutions and companies to develop efficient policies and strategies. ExSIDE will reinforce the establishment and long term sustainability of structured European joint doctoral programmes in Economics.

SHARE-COVID19 - Non-intended health, economic and social effects of the COVID-19 epidemic control decisions: Lessons from SHARE

Researcher: Agar Brugiavini; Grant: H2020; Lenght: 01/11/2020 - 30/10/2023; Budget: € 6.847.680,25 (Ca' Foscari € 313.542,00).

The non-intended consequences of the epidemic control decisions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are huge and affect the well-being of European citizens in terms of economics, social relationships and health: Europe is experiencing the largest recession since WWII; social contacts have been interrupted; people avoid seeking medical treatment in fear of infection.

The overarching objective of this project is to understand these non-intended consequences and to devise improved health, economic and social policies. In SHARE's policy recommendation, efforts are made to make healthcare systems and societies in the EU more resilient to pandemics in terms of prevention, protection and treatment of the population 50+, a most vulnerable part of the population. The project aims to identify healthcare inequalities before, during and after the pandemic; to understand the lockdown effects on health and health behaviours; to analyse labour market implications of the lockdown; to assess the impacts of pandemic and lockdown on income and wealth inequality; to mitigate the effects of epidemic control decisions on social relationships; to optimise future epidemic control measures by taking the geographical patterns of the disease and their relationship with social patterns into account; and to better manage housing and living arrangements choices between independence, coresidence or institutionalisation.

The project pursues a transdisciplinary and internationally comparative approach by exploiting the data sources of the SHARE research infrastructure.The project’s policy recommendation are targeted at policy makers in the Commission and in national ministries as well as at national and international NGOs and social organisations.

SmartCulTour - Smart Cultural Tourism as a Driver of Sustainable Development of European Regions

Researcher: Nicola Camatti; Grant: H2020; Lenght: 01/01/2020 - 30/06/2023; Budget: € 290.000,25

This project will explicitly address the issue of having cultural tourism contribute to the sustainable development of cities and regions, by means of innovative theoretical and applied research, which builds on a number of past projects that were designed with assistance of JPI Urban Europe, the EC, the Council of Europe and UNESCO.

The project will identify signals, conditions and possibilities that interfered with the sustainable development of tourism in established destinations. A clear analysis of data on tourism over time in these destinations can provide clear insights into key turning points and potential criteria that have influenced this.

An analysis of the initial development of cultural tourism, with an emphasis on inclusiveness and local stakeholder participation, will contribute further to this and lead to rich insights on future ways of governing cultural tourism.

SHARE COHESION - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe

Researcher: Agar Brugiavini; Grant: H2020; Lenght: 01/10/2019 - 30/09/2023; Budget: € 4.963.433,00 (Ca' Foscari € 602.723,00).

SHARE is a research infrastructure to better understand and cope with the challenges and chances of population ageing. The main objective of SHARE itself is to provide excellent data for aging research through a combination of (a) transdisciplinarity, (b) longitudinality and (c) European coverage with strict cross-national comparability through ex-ante harmonization.

This threefold concept has become a huge success as measured by the number of scientific publications and its support for evidence-based policy at the EU and national levels. The data has world-class value as proven by recent evaluations and the many users, even outside of the EU. The key objective of this project is to strengthen the centralized approach of SHARE with the aim to combine excellence with cohesion during the process of innovating the scientific content and the survey methods.

Specifically, the project will support the supra-national innovation and develop-ment tasks to be executed by the Area Coordinators (scientific content) and the International Coor-dinator (survey methods) during Waves 8-10 of SHARE, thereby improving the scientific state-of-the-art of SHARE and cross-national cohesion across all 28 SHARE member countries.

SELECT - Unfolding the SEcrets of LongEvity: Current Trends and future prospects

Researcher: Stefano Campostrini; Grant: PRIN - MIUR; Lenght: 19/08/2019 - 19/02/2023; Budget: € 219.227,00; Website:

The rapid social, economic, and technological transformations characterizing our society in the recent years are producing several effects on many complex and dynamic processes of human health. The project will focus, in particular, on the recent upward trend in longevity, and on its relation with current and future morbidity and disability patterns.

The joint analysis of such processes, which plays a key role in many public health systems, requires novel qualitative and quantitative paradigms. In fact, unfolding the secrets of longevity, learning the dynamic interrelations between morbidity, disability and mortality, identifying future trends, and devising effective interventions can only proceed under a collective effort by Demographers, Epidemiologists, Social and Data Scientists.

The  mission of SELECT is to explore the factors and mechanisms of longevity evolution in the recent years and link them with morbidity trends to foster healthy longevity. It  will address this goal through a multidisciplinary team of Demographers, Epidemiologists, Social and Data Scientists, who will take advantage from the availability of several datasets to merge public health and epidemiological theories with a data-driven approach based on innovative models.

The economics of old age risks

Researcher: Agar Brugiavini; Grant: PRIN - MIUR; Lenght: 05/02/2017 - 05/02/2020; Budget: € 91.500,00.

This project focuses on the economic effects of risks faced by older individuals and their interactions.

The project investigates four different types of risk and their impact on the economic behavior of individuals and households, including the implications for the design of welfare systems in aging societies: Health risk, Longevity risk,Labor market risk, Financial risk. The network proposes an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to these topics. First, all the aforementioned risks interact in the decisions of elderly individuals. Second, in each risk dimension, it is key to study the consequences of wrong decisions, due to either lack of cognitive abilities and financial sophistication, or to biased financial advice.

The project proposes advances at both theoretical and empirical level. Although the different lines of research will make use of several microeconomic data sets, the most heavily exploited data source will be the Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). The panel structure of SHARE allows the estimation of dynamic decision models controllingfor unobserved heterogeneity, while the multi-country nature of the data permits to relate individual behavior to the institutional characteristics of each country.

HEPNESS - Healthy Environment Promotion and Ecosystem Services Support for Active Cities Development

Researcher: Jan van der Borg; Grant: Erasmus+ Sport; Lenght: 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2018; Budget: € 70.786,00; Website:

HEPNESS establishes a transnational cooperation where cities, research and sport organizations advance new synergies to develop health and sport cities, enhancing cultural and natural assets and ecosystems services for the promotion of an active lifestyle. Integrating physical activity into daily lives is a creative process, where cities can enhance resources, before building new infrastructures. It is a process that requires the contribution of numerous cities departments and public private partnership amid cities, sport associations, tourism organizations, healthy and educational settings.

By providing methodological and practical tools, and by reinforcing the capacity of decision makers to define people centred policies and develop interventions for physical activities promotion that draw on the contribution of numerous sectors, HEPNESS generates new leadership for the promotion of health sport cities.

The HEPNESS Perspective and the Framework of practices are developed with the purpose of inspiring numerous cities to implement health-sport programs, and enhance recreational ecosystem services for active lifestyle.

SERISS - Synergies for Europe's Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences

Researcher: Agar Brugiavini; Grant: H2020; Lenght: 01/07/2015 - 30/06/2019; Budget: € 8.494.397,00 (Ca' Foscari: € 139.125,00).

Europe is facing huge socio-economic challenges: an economic crisis with a young generation in search of jobs, population ageing potentially straining inclusion and innovation of our societies, climate change with its pressures to redesign energy, transport and housing patterns, just to name some of the most urgent “Grand Challenges”.

SERISS brings together three research infrastructures in the social sciences: the European Social Survey (ESS), the Survey for Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe and the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA). Also involved in SERISS are non-ESFRI research infrastructures: GGP - Generations and Gender Programme; EVS - European Values Survey and the WageIndicator Survey. The overarching objective of this project is to support the Union, the Commission and the Member States to tackle these challenges with a solid base of socio-economic evidence.

The scientific objective of this project is to exploit the synergies among these three infrastructures to their fullest extent and to leverage these synergies to influence the still rather fragmented landscape of smaller infrastructures.

Specific objectives are:

  • to better represent the European population, including target groups of policy measures addressing the Grand Challenges (e.g., young unemployed, older persons in institutions and migrants),
  • to strengthen cross-national harmonization across Europe by leveraging recent advances in questionnaire design, translation and coding techniques,
  • to exploit the advances in software technology for cost-effective web-based interviewing, more efficient fieldwork management, and to support new ways of collecting data
  • to better connect the world of research-driven social surveys with the world of process-generated administrative data,
  • to ensure that the ethical and data protection concerns of the respondents are properly be taken into account by creating a consistent and EU-wide framework for all social surveys

SHARE DEV3 - Achieving world-class standards in all SHARE countries

Researcher: Agar Brugiavini; Grant: H2020; Lenght: 01/07/2015 - 30/06/2018; Budget: € 5.493.328,75 (Ca' Foscari: € 521.113,75);

The central objective of this project is to improve European coverage, stability and cross-national comparability of SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, while a sustainable funding model will be negotiated with the member states, DG RTD, DG JRC and several policy-related DGs to fully implement SHAREERIC in all SHARE countries.

SHARE is a research infrastructure to better understand and cope with population ageing created after a joint communication by the European Council and the European Parliament to the European Commission. It has been a huge success measured by the number of users, the number of scientific publications and its public policy support. The data has world-class value as proven by the many users also outside of the EU, especially in the US. The key value of SHARE lies in its strict cross-national comparability which permits unbiased cross-national comparisons of the economic, health and social situation of European citizens aged 50 and over.

To obtain this key value, SHARE aims to include all European countries, especially all EU member states. SHARE has made great progress during the first waves and has collected data in 21 countries. Moreover, substantial international coordination has to be done among these countries. To this end, SHARE has implemented an efficient and effective central management model.

In contrast to this scientific and managerial success, the decentralized and member state-related funding is succeeding rather slowly in certain parts of the EU, for a host of structural reasons detailed below. This threatens the stability of SHARE, has stalled the inclusion of all EU member states, and is threatening its world-class standards.

The project aims to enlarge SHARE-ERIC membership, enhance the technical architecture, introduce several scientific innovations, and support the central coordination which is crucial for the international cooperation and cross-national comparability.

Tracciabilità, Certificazione ed Anticontraffazione dei prodotti Moda Made in Italy

Researcher: Mario Volpe; Grant: POR FESR 2014-2020; Lenght: 07/11/2017 - 07/05/2020; Budget: € 790.083,20 (Ca' Foscari: € 94.093,92).

The project aims to deepen and develop issues related to the recognizability, traceability and authenticity of Made in Italy, as well as marketing and the definition of innovative models.

MAKERS - Smart Manufacturing for EU Growth and Prosperity

Researcher: Mario Volpe; Grant: MSCA RISE - H2020; Lenght: 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2019; Budget: € 1.057.500,00 (Ca' Foscari: € 126.000,00).

MAKERS will bring together leaders from business, academia and policy to study issues related to the drivers and dynamics of sustaining the competitiveness of EU manufacturing sectors. The project’s innovative research, training and mobility activities will address key concerns related to the historic opportunity for the EU to lead a manufacturing renaissance that not only upgrades existing manufacturing competences but, more importantly, develops new technological capabilities across EU regions to support regional industrial resilience for more distributed and sustainable socio-economic growth and prosperity.

MAKERS will create a multi-stakeholder platform to discuss the current understanding of issues related to manufacturing renaissance, including (1) the role of small, medium and large manufacturing firms and local production systems plugged into local-global value chains; (2) what are the drivers and processes for innovation, technological capabilities and technology transfer from research intuitions to firms; (3) trends in reshoring and nearshoring and the potentials for reindustrialisation and shorter value chains; (4) the impact of the socio-economic-environmental sustainability agenda on EU competitiveness; (5) skills requirements and training; and finally (6) how policy can ensure the competitiveness of EU manufacturing sectors for more distributed and sustainable socio-economic growth and prosperity.

MAKERS’ training programme comprises:

  • annual summer schools that will cover the breadth of the issues above and address methodological requirements;
  • work package-specific Business/Academia/Policy (BAP) workshops;
  • dissemination activities within the network in conjunction with mobility, such as presentations at faculty seminar series, and doctoral level guest lectures;
  • dissemination activities at events outside the network, such as presentations at international conferences, policy fora and multi-media engagement.

Last update: 17/06/2021