Research grants

Perception of migrants and voting for extreme right-wing parties: the role of history

Research fellow: Gianluca Cerruti 
Supervisor: Anna Bottasso

The objective of the research project is to empirically the impact the perceptions of migrants have in explaining the propensity to vote for extreme right-wing parties. In order to exploit exogenous variation in the perceptions of migrants at the local level, we use the different exposure at the local level to the existence of commercial routes with Africa in the Middle Ages, the idea being that exposure to African people might have generated a more open mind towards very different people and this different attitude may have persisted over time. The research project will use a survey on the perceptions of migrants in Italy as well as election outcomes, which should be complemented by the reconstruction of commercial links between Italy and Africa in the Middle Ages.

Implementing innovations for boosting Tourim, Art and Heritage management

Research fellow: Clio Fabiana Flego 
Supervisor: Alessio Tei

The proposed activity will focus on the study of the innovative processes related to the promotion and management of Tourism, Art and Heritage local activities. The proposed research is linked to the creation of local heritage and arts as main drivers for sustainable Tourism. The Hub will be established at the University of Genoa as part of Europen funded project (Ulysseus Erasmus+). The selected candidate will be expected to cooperate with the abovementioned EU project partners in order to identify a strategy for the effective initial establishment and future development of the Hub.

An econometric model to forecast the Ligurian GDP: an application using the CPT data

Research fellow: Simone Lombardini 
Supervisor: Concetta Mendolicchio

The aim of the project is to identify the data and an econometric model able of forecast the Ligurian GDP and to simulate the impact of public policies. This would generate important information to plan the short and medium term public choices. In general, the identification of regional indicators is difficult due to the poor availability of representative sample used to build the indicators adopted to evaluate the economic activities. In this respect, the territorial public accounts (CPT) represent an important source of information.

Economy and Demography in the Long Run. The Case of Liguria (16th-18th centuries)

Research fellow: Luigi Oddo  
Supervisor: Andrea Zanini

The project aims at reconstructing the demographic dynamics of the Ligurian territory during the Early Modern Age and their connection with the socio-economic context of the period. Particular attention will be paid to the study of the characters, the movement, and the distribution of the population in the long run. Compared to other areas in central-northern Italy, research on Liguria’s historical demography are still scattered and unable to provide a comprehensive picture. Bridging this papi s necessary to deal with the growing number of studies produced in this field at the international level. Through the collection, systematization, and interpretation of data, the researcher will contribute to this growing body of international scholarship and pave the way for further developments.

Crossing the surfline. The littoral experience of Early Modern Venice and st. Petersburg and the vision of the European coastal space

Research fellow: Aleksi Kraikovskii    
Supervisor: Marco Doria

Performance Indicators for resilient city

Research fellow: Monica Bruzzone    
Supervisor: Renata Paola Dameri

The research activity consists in the study of a model of indicators for monitoring urban resilience, conceived in a broad sense: the resilient city is the city that knows how to plan its structures and activities in order to be able to cope with future shocks and stresses, maintaining its integrity and safeguarding the quality of life of its citizens. The theme of urban indicators has been developed extensively at a professional level, there are many urban rankings based of indicators. However, they are instruments devoid of scientific validity, opaque, lacking from a methodological point of view. The research therefore aims to develop an urban quality monitoring tool based on solid scientific foundations, deriving both from an in-depth analysis of the literature, and from confrontation with the main actors and stakeholders of urban resilience.
The research activity must produce:
-    A scientific analysis of urban quality measurement tools;
-    The definition of a framework of indicators for the measurement of urban qualities, based both on the previous scientific literature and on the consultation of the actors and stakeholders;
-    The design of a system for data collection, space-time comparison, synthesis of indicators with respect to the main qualities of the city, for example: inclusive, attractive, sustainable, etc.
-    The design of a support system for political decisions at urban-local scale, based on the system of indicators;
-    The conception of a communication system towards citizens based on the same system of indicators.

The impact of Environmental, Social and Governance factors on financial performances of European firms

Research fellow: Stefano Piserà    
Supervisor: Laura Nieri

Environmental and Social factors represent a competitive matter for both financial and non-financial firms. To face up these issues, firms must develop their business model and corporate governance mechanism by considering stakeholder’s preferences within corporate strategies. Moreover, looking at the recent European authority framework for risk management emerges the need to materially deal with new sources of risks such as the climate and social change. Consistently, stakeholder’s s-oriented business models may favor the achievement of environmental and social goals stated in the 2015 Paris agreement. In this framework, understanding the relationship between environmental and social practices and financial risk, productivity, and performance plays a pivotal role for European firms. The research project is aimed at exploring firms’ sustainability practices integration and its impact on financial risks and value. By employing a robust causal econometric approach to statistical inference, the candidate will have to demonstrate the existing nexus between Environmental, Social, and Governance score and market risk (Idiosyncratic, Systematic, and Total) as well as productivity and market value. The results will contribute to the national and international debate by suggesting policy-oriented activities for European financial and non-financial firms.

Compensation Limit of the Cruise and Travel Organiser: The Right of Recourse against Tourism Service Providers

Research fellow: Rachele Genovese    
Supervisor: Monica Brignardello

The research project’s main objective is to reconstruct the complex regulatory framework regarding limitation on compensation of tourism service operators, in the context of its historical development as well. In addition, maritime cruise organiser and its right of recourse against tourism service providers will also be dealt with. Furthermore, various interpretative issues in current regulations will be critically analysed to find de iure condendo solutions through a careful collection and study of case law and doctrine.

Logiche di determinazione dei costi delle attività giudiziarie

Research fellow: Lorenzo Leto    
Supervisor: Paola Ramassa

The research activity is part of the project “Next Generation UPP: nuovi schemi collaborativi tra Università e uffici giudiziari Per il miglioramento dell’efficienza e delle Prestazioni della giustizia nell’Italia nord-ovest”. The aim of the research project funded by this grant is the development of a proposal of cost accounting for the activity of judicial offices. This objective will be pursued, in close cooperation with the other research participants and through interviews, based on the analysis of the activities, the related costs, and the identification of their drivers. The proposal will be supported by an in-depth literature review of performance measurement and cost accounting in the public sector, with particular attention to the health sector and universities.

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Last update 3 April 2023