SCUOLA SUPERIORE SANT’ANNA (ITALY)
The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) is a public university institute – with special autonomy – working in the field of applied sciences: Economics and Management, Law Sciences, Political Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology, Medical Sciences, and Industrial and Information Engineering. Sant’Anna aims at experimenting innovative paths in research and education. Professors and researchers live and interact with the students, enjoying a continuous cultural and intellectual exchange. Due to its international nature, education of excellence and scientific community, SSSA established itself as a reference both in Italy and abroad.
In this context, the Institute of Economics carries out research and training activities in the field of empirical and theoretical economics, encouraging the dialogue between empirical investigations, theoretical developments and normative contributions – concerning both corporate management and public policies. Besides, it offers an interdisciplinary environment in which different research interests and competencies – ranging from Economics, to Information Sciences, Mathematics and Physics – meet and can be fruitfully integrated. Due to the participation to various national and international research projects, its researchers are well nested in an international network.
Andrea Roventini is the project coordinator. He is associate professor at the Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and research fellow at OFCE, Sciences Po (France). He holds a PhD in Economics and Management from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. His main research interests include complex system analysis, agent-based computational economics, business cycles, economic growth and the study of the effects of monetary, fiscal, technology, innovation and climate-change policies. His works have been published in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Modeling, Ecological Economics, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Socio-Economic Review, Environmental Modeling and Software, Macroeconomic Dynamics. He is advisory editor of the Journal of Evolutionary Economics.
Giovanni Dosi is the deputy project coordiator. He is professor of economics at the Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and he also serves as co-director of the Industrial Policy and Intellectual Property Rights task forces at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. Additionally, Prof. Dosi is a continental Europe editor of the journal Industrial and Corporate Change. His major research areas – where he is author and editor of several works – include economics of innovation and technological change, industrial economics, evolutionary theory, economic growth and development, organizational studies.
BUNDESANSTALT STATISTIK OESTERREICH (AUSTRIA)
Statistics Austria is the national statistical office of Austria, which provides data on the economy, demography, environment and social and cultural situation in Austria to federal bodies to assist them with planning, laying the groundwork for decisions and controlling measures implemented, and also to the scientific community, business and the public. It strives to be a modern, high-quality information centre for society, science, economy, politics and administration. It aims to provide data in an easily accessible and comprehensible manner and ensuring the highest quality and timeliness of its products and services. In order to achieve the product quality required, it proceeds along the lines of internationally acknowledged scientific methods and standards, and promotes innovative developments. Statistics Austria is responsible for the supply of scientific services that are in the public interest and compiles statistics of all kinds, makes the associated analyses, forecasts and statistical models.
Statistics Austria consists of four directorates with different thematic areas plus several additional units and divisions, such as the Division ‘Registers, Classifications and Geoinformation’, the Unit ‘Analysis’ and the ‘Unit Quality Management and Methods’. As the data requirements for the GROWINPRO project include the use of data from many different sources, the Directorate ‘Business Statistics’, the Division ‘Registers, Classifications and Geoinformation’, the Unit ‘Analysis’ as well as the Unit ‘Quality Management and Methods’ will be involved in the project.
Catherine Prettner, the unit team leader, is staff member of unit Analysis at Statistics Austria. Her work is mainly concerned with topics related to distributional and labour market issues and she is responsible for the research coordination regarding business statistics. Previously, Catherine worked as teaching and research associate at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, as an economist at the Austrian National Bank, and at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research. She obtained a Masters degree in economics at the University of Vienna and a doctoral degree in economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business with a focus on applied econometrics and time series analysis.
CENTRAAL BUREAU VOOR DE STATISTIEK (NETHERLANDS)
CBS was founded on 9 January 1899, and is the official statistical institute of the Netherlands. Ever since 1899, CBS has gradually transformed into a modern, innovative organisation, which actively responds to the needs of Dutch society. CBS shares its information with other levels of government, politics, universities, media and the private sector. The mission of CBS is to publish reliable and coherent statistical information, which responds to the needs of Dutch society. The responsibility of CBS is twofold: firstly, to compile (official) national statistics and secondly to compile European (community) statistics.
CBS avails over a broad range of statistical information, linkable over time, and across firms and persons. It has participated in various international microdata projects on several occasions, including ESSNet, OECD, and ECB.
Michael Polder, the unit team leader, has a master degree in Econometrics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His master thesis was about the modelling of international trade flows. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Maastricht. The topic of the dissertation was the interrelation between firm-level decisions on labour demand and capital investment. At Statistics Netherlands he has worked on labour market dynamics, and currently specializes in firm-level productivity research, in particular related to innovation and technology. From 2015 to 2016 he spent over a year at the OECD, working for the Division of Science, Technology and Innovation, where he mainly focussed on an international comparison of the effect of digitalization on employment. He is currently the Dutch delegate to the OECD Working Parties on Industrial Analysis and Measurement and Analysis of the Digital Economy, and acting as a bureau member in both working parties.
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI STATISTICA (ITALY)
The Italian National Institute of Statistics, founded in 1926, is a public research organisation. The mission of the Italian National Institute of Statistics is to serve the community by producing and communicating high-quality statistical information, analyses and forecasts in complete independence and in accordance with the strictest ethical and professional principles and most up-to-date scientific standards, in order to develop detailed knowledge of Italy’s environmental, economic and social dimensions at various levels of geographical detail and to assist all members of society (citizens, administrators, etc.) in decision-making processes.
In recent years, Istat has designed and implemented a new approach for the compilation of official business statistics. This approach allows producing high-quality official statistics according to the requirements of the EU regulations and, at the same time, statistical data to support the micro-meso and macro level analysis of factors affecting the competitiveness of modern industrial economic systems.
Moreover, Istat is fully involved into the debate on the need to go beyond GDP to measure the well-being of people and societal progress playing an important role, at national and international level.
Roberto Monducci, the unit team leader, Degree in Economics. Currently Head of the Department for statistical production (Istat) that is in charge for the production and dissemination of all statistics on households and firms, census, environment and national accounts. Moreover, the Department deals with integrated analyses and economic, social and environmental research. He is author of several publication on the microanalysis of competitiveness of economic system, on internalization of firms and their performances and productivity. He has been scientific coordinator of several projects on these items.
KU LEUVEN (BELGIUM)
As the centre for regional economics, VIVES is a faculty centre of the Faculty of Business and Engineering at KU Leuven. VIVES studies how firms contribute to a country or region overall growth. In line with its mission, VIVES develop three clear research programs: business growth, industrial growth and the influence of the governmental organization on business dynamics and prosperity. KU Leuven boasts a rich tradition of education and research that dates back six centuries. The university’s basic research orientation has always been and will remain fundamental research. At the same time, the university remains vigilantly open to contemporary cultural, economic and industrial realities, as well as to the community’s needs and expectations.
KU Leuven is currently by far the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure (EUR 466.55 million in 2016), and is a charter member of LERU. KU Leuven conducts fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation. In the Times Higher Education ranking KU Leuven is ranked as the 14th European university, while in the Reuters Top 100 of the World’s most innovative institutions, KU Leuven is listed as the first European university. Description for this block. Use this space for describing your block. Any text will do. Description for this block. You can use this space for describing your block. Description for this block. Use this space for describing your block. Any text will do. Description for this block. You can use this space for describing your block.
Jozef Konings, the unit team leader, is Full Professor at the University of Leuven. He holds visiting professor at Nazarbayev University, Astana and University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Economic Research. He is also a research fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, London) and director of the Center for Regional Economic Policy (VIVES) at the University of Leuven. Between November 2008 and March 2010 he has been an economic adviser to President Barroso at the European Commission. Konings’ research focuses on emerging markets, international macroeconomics, and micro drivers affecting macroeconomic fluctuations. He has been involved in various funded research projects from the EU, the OECD and the Asian Development Bank and other institutions. Konings has published various papers in leading academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of International Economics and the Economic Journal.
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT (NETHERLANDS)
UNU-MERIT (Maastricht University) focuses on the particular role of science, technology and innovation, in the broadest sense, in bringing about development and the improvement of social welfare at the national and international level. It addresses how individuals, private and public organizations, institutions, and countries at all stages of development, can make better use of knowledge to create and enhance growth and development opportunities.
UNU-MERIT’s research mission is to provide more insights into the social, political and economic international and local context within which innovation and technological change is created, adapted, selected, diffused, and improved upon. The Institute’s research and training programs address a broad range of relevant policy questions dealing with the national and international governance of innovation and intellectual property protection, and the creation and diffusion of knowledge. With a research staff of app. 50 persons, including 16 professors, plus 80 PhD researchers, UNU- MERIT is a leading research institute on innovation and technology. At present it is ranked worldwide at the first place of the REPEC ranking of institutions in the field of Innovation.
Pierre Mohnen, the unit team leader,is Professor at Maastricht University, Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, Associated Fellow at CIRANO, Canada, Senior Research Associate at the TMD Centre at Oxford University, Associated Research Professor at ETH, Zürich, and a regular visiting professor at the Renmin University of China. He has an MA in economics from the Catholic University of Louvain and a PhD in economics from New York University. His research is empirically oriented and deals with issues related to R&D, innovation, productivity, growth and development. He does also research on the effectiveness of innovation, environmental and social policies. He currently coordinates the economics of knowledge and innovation research theme at UNU-MERIT and sits on various scientific/advisory committees. He has done consulting work for various international organizations and national government departments.
FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES (FRANCE)
The Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po) is a fully-fledged, self-governing research university specialised in the social-economic sciences and the humanities. and is the leading research university in the social sciences in France. Based on a multi-disciplinary approach, it associates and combines skills and know-how from the different social sciences – in particular economics, history, political science and sociology and humanities.
Sciences Po supports and encourages researchers’ participation in the European Research Area. As of today, Sciences Po has been involved in more than 58 FP7 and H2020 projects including 15 Marie S. Curie IF, 15 ERC projects.
The Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE) is both a university research centre and an institution for forecasting and evaluating public policies. It brings together over 40 French and international researchers. In 1981 it became a part of the Sciences Po having as objective to ‘ensure that the fruits of scientific rigour and academic independence serve the public debate about the economy’. The OFCE conducts theoretical and empirical studies, takes part in international scientific networks, and assures a regular presence in the media through close cooperation with the French and European public authorities. The work of the OFCE covers most fields of economic analysis, from macroeconomics, growth, social welfare programmes, taxation and employment policy to sustainable development, competition, innovation and regulation.
Mauro Napoletano, the unit team leader,is Senior Economist at OFCE-Sciences Po, in Sophia- Antipolis (France). He received his PhD in Economics from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy). His research interests include agent-based computational economics applied to analysis of macroeconomic policies and of financial markets, the analysis of economic networks, and industrial dynamics. He has published several articles in international peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Games and Economic Behavior, Ecological Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Regional Studies, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Journal of Evolutionary Economics. He is participating to the EU FP7 project “Impacts and Risks from Higher-End Scenarios: Strategies for Innovative Solutions” (IMPRESSIONS) and he is local coordinator of the EU H2020 projects “Innovation-fuelled, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth” (ISIGrowth) and “Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society” (DOLFINS).
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
Known as ‘London’s Global University’, University College London (UCL) employs 4,000 academic and research staff in over 50 departments and institutes. UCL has a global reputation for excellence in research and is committed to delivering impact and innovations that enhance the lives of people in the UK, across Europe and around the world. Based on a research strategy oriented around a series of ambitious ‘Grand Challenges’, including ‘Human wellbeing’, UCL nurtures thriving and engaged communities of world-leading academics across the entire research and innovation spectrum, from arts and humanities to the basic and applied sciences and healthcare. Moreover, UCL is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for science communication. Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose is a new UCL institute providing radical thinking about public policy driven by public purpose. The institute is directed by Mariana Mazzucato. IIPP’s key research streams include: rethinking health innovation, green economy for sustainable development, space economy partnerships, mission-oriented innovation policy, public sector innovation governance, and patient finance. IIPP is working closely with global policy-makers to understand how conceptions of public purpose can be used to help achieve societal and technological goals. In particular, IIPP explores how ‘mission-oriented’ innovation policies can tackle grand challenges from climate change to the care needed for ageing populations. Our agenda aims to inform public policy in a number of areas including industrial and innovation policy; innovations in public services; green innovation and sustainable development.
Mariana Mazzucato, the unit team leader, holds the Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and is Founder and Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London (UCL). She previously held the RM Phillips Chair at SPRU, University of Sussex and has held academic positions at the University of Denver, the London Business School, Bocconi University and the Open University. Her research focuses on the relationship between financial markets, innovation, and economic growth. She is particularly interested in rethinking the way in which public and private actors can work together more symbiotically, and how public investments can be directed at cross-sectoral ‘missions’ that require bottom up experimentation. Her highly acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State (Anthem, 2013; updated US edition, Public Affairs, 2015) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. She is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council, and SITRA’s (the Finnish Innovation Fund) Advisory Panel. She is currently Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas.
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI (SLOVENIA)
University of Ljubljana (UL) is the oldest, largest and internationally best-ranked university in Slovenia (among the top 3% according to the Financial Times’ ranking). The university was established in 1919 and encompasses 23 faculties and 3 art academies. Since 2008, the UL has been committed to respecting the principles of the European Charter for Researchers as well as the Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers, which led to the award of ‘HR Excellence in Research’ in 2013. Faculty of Economics (FELU) is an integral part of the University of Ljubljana. It is the leading higher education institution in business and economics in Slovenia and is the only school in Central and Eastern Europe to have been awarded the EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA international accreditations. Currently, it employs157 faculty, with strong publication record in leading academic journals and which are involved in large number of international projects, funded via European Commission and several international organizations. FELU nurtures strong links with the corporate world, reflected also in joint Centre of business excellence.
Jože P. Damijan, the unit team leader, is a Full Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics and Visiting Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Economic Research. His research interests cover international economics and trade policy, globalization, foreign direct investment, innovation, firm performance, labor markets. In the last 10 years, he published more than 30 peer-reviewed academic papers in leading journals. He was partner in more than two dozen of international research projects funded by the European Commission (Phare ACE, 5th FP, 6th FP, 7th FP), World Bank (GDN), United Nations, EBRD and OECD. He served as a Minister for Growth in the Slovenian government (2005-06). Since 2008, he is a special economic advisor to various ministries of the Slovenian government and to the Parliament on various economic policy issues.
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD (GERMANY)
The Department of Business Administration and Economics at Bielefeld University is a strongly research oriented department with a particular focus on the analysis of economic dynamics and quantitative research on economic policy issues. The department hosts one of the largest groups of researchers in Computational Economics in Europe. Members of the department have published extensively on these issues in leading international journals as well as in numerous recent books. They hold editorial (board) positions in several of the leading international journals in this area. The department runs a structured graduate program in quantitative economics with a specialization area in Computational Economics, is the coordinating institution of the EACEA-funded ‘European Doctorate in Economics-Erasmus Mundus (EDEEM)’ and the Marie-Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network ‘Expectations and Social Influence Dynamics in Economics (ExSIDE)’.
UNIBI is the leader of WP4, ‘From micro to macro: theory and empirics’, in which the feedback between innovation activities of firms, structural-change processes and the dynamics of productivity, employment and output is studied. From a methodological perspective, UNIBI will contribute strongly to the development of heterogeneous agent models, which allow to explore the emerging feedbacks underlying these mechanisms, and also are suitable for systematic policy analysis. UNIBI has extensive experience in the application of heterogeneous agent models for analysing processes of technological change, labour market dynamics and effects of economic policy. Members of UNIBI have published studies of the effectiveness of EU cohesion policy measures, on credibility issues of public policy announcements as well as on inequality enhancing mechanisms on the labour market.
Herbert Dawid, the unit team leader, is full professor at Bielefeld University holding the chair for Economic Theory and Computational Economics, Chairman of the Bielefeld Graduate School of Economics and Management (BiGSEM) and Coordinator of the ‘European Doctorate in Economics – Erasmus Mundus (EDEEM)’. He received a PhD in 1995 in applied mathematics from the Vienna University of Technology. He was assistant and associate professor at the University of Vienna and associate professor of Economics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (1999-2002) before moving as full professor to Bielefeld University in 2003. Herbert Dawid has worked extensively on economic dynamics, dynamic games, agent-based models exploring issues of market interaction, macro and industry dynamics and economics of innovation. A strong focus in recent work has been on economic policy analysis and the exploration of inequality generating mechanisms using agent-based models. Herbert Dawid is co-editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control and associate editor of several other journals in this area as well as member in different scientific advisory boards.
TARTU ULIKOOL (ESTONIA)
The University of Tartu (UT), founded in 1632, is the oldest and largest university in Estonia both in terms of numbers of staff and students, and the volume of its teaching, research and development activities. UT belongs to the top 2% of the world’s best universities (314th in the QS World University Rankings 2018 and within 301-350 in Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018) and is placed 3rd in the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia. It also belongs to the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions in ten fields (including social sciences).. UT has over 34,000 research publications (incl. 7,500 in the ISI Web of Science). UT enhances international collaboration: 80 partner universities (31 countries), member of Coimbra Group, The GUILD, Utrecht Network, European University Association, ScanBalt etc. and member of ERASMUS since 1999 (in 2014 ca 900 bilateral agreements with 450 universities).
School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) of University of Tartu is the leading and rapidly developing research centre in economics, international business and management in Estonia. Scholars of FEBA contribute over half of the all high quality publications written by Estonian economists. Among academic staff, there are three laureates of the Estonian National Science Prize. School members regularly consult Estonian government as well OECD, ILO, WHO, UNCTAD etc. in various policy advice projects.
Jaan Masso, the unit team leader, is Head of Chair of Economic Modelling, programme managers of the Master’s Programme in Quantitative Economics and Senior Research Fellow of applied econometrics at the University of Tartu (UT). He has also worked as a visiting researcher at Eesti Pank (central bank of Estonia). He holds a PhD in Economics from the UT since 2005. His main research areas are labour economics (labour demand, wages, labour market flows, labour market of scientists, firm demographics), international labour migration, foreign direct investments (own firm and spillover effects, employment effects), innovations (impact on productivity, innovation in services sector), international trade (export dynamics at firm-market-product level), research policy. He has participated in various national and international research projects (EU, ILO, OECD, World Bank). His publications include articles in Journal of Comparative Economics, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Eastern European Economics, Economics of Transition, Services Industries Journal, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, International Business Review, Review of World Economics etc.
OSTERREICHISCHES INSTITUT FUR WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG VEREIN (AUSTRIA)
The Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) is Austria’s leading institution in the field of applied economic policy analysis. WIFO activities are concentrated on economic research, forecasting and the evaluation and assessment of public policies with a focus on bridging the excellence of academic research with the information needs of economic policy makers. WIFO has a reputation of combining theory-based research using state-of-the-art empirical methods with up to date statistical data as well as knowledge of institutional and political settings. International and institutional framework conditions and experiences are considered in most projects in order to develop consistent economic policy recommendations. The findings of its research activities are designed for use as underpinnings for economic policy and entrepreneurial decision-making, and to contribute to the public debate on economic policies. WIFO carries out research on behalf of national and international institutions such as the OECD, the EU, the World Bank and other international organisations.
WIFO consists of five research groups. The WIFO unit that will contribute to GROWINPRO is from the research group ‘Industrial Economics, Innovation and International Competition’ that focuses on the analysis of the competitiveness and productivity of companies, industries and countries analysed against a background of international competition. Aspects such as structural change, industrial dynamics, and firm growth, as well as internationalization and innovation strategies of companies have been extensively researched. The research group has also extensive experience in the analysis and evaluation of policy measures in the area of industrial and STI polices as well as quantitative performance monitoring through quantitative indicators.
Werner Hölzl, the unit team leader,is a senior economist at the Austrian institute of Economic research (WIFO) in Vienna. He holds a degree in economics and computer science from the Technical University of Vienna and a Doctorate from the University of Vienna in 2004. Before joining WIFO in 2005 he was a lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. His main research interests are in the field of industrial economics, entrepreneurship and business tendency surveys. He has served as a contributor to a number of international and national projects especially in the field of firm growth, innovation SME and industrial policy. Since 2012 he is scientific project leader of the WIFO Konjunkturtest (business tendency surveys). Werner has published in international journals such as Small Business Economics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Research Policy or Industrial and Corporate Change.
ZENTRUM FUER EUROPAEISCHE WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG GmbH (GERMANY)
Founded in 1990 on the basis of a public-private initiative in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg in co-operation with the University of Mannheim, ZEW is one of Germany’s leading economic research institutes. ZEW’s guiding mission is to study the ‘optimal performance and design of markets and institutions in Europe’. ZEW applies a plurality of methodologies, with a clear focus on microeconomic and microeconometric research. In this context, the research institute distinguishes itself, inter alia, in the analysis of internationally comparative questions in the European context and in the creation of databases, which are eminently important as a basis for scientific research. Institutional funding by the federal and state government institutions is the financing basis for ZEW’s research work, accounting for around 53 %. 47 %of the Institute’s financial resources are obtained from research projects for third parties, including the European Commission, ministries and institutions of the federal and state governments, as well as companies, associations, and local authorities.
ZEW comprise 8 research units, the research units ‘Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics’ focusing on innovation measurement and policies, technology transfer, the economics of science as well as market entry and exit and the research unit ‘Digital Economy’ focusing in the digital markets and the digital transformation will contribute to GROWINPRO.
Georg Licht, the unit team leader, is Head of the Department of Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics at ZEW. He developed the German innovation survey which became the core of the German contribution to EU’s Community Innovation Surveys. He has served as member of various high-level advisory committees to DG Research, and has been a consultant to the OECD and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. His main research interest comprises innovation policy and policy to foster development of young, high-tech companies.
LUNARIA ASSOCIAZIONE DI PROMOZIONE SOCIALE E IMPRESA SOCIALE (ITALY)
Lunaria is a nonprofit association founded in 1992. It promotes peace, social and economic justice, equality and guarantee of citizenship rights, democracy and participation from below, social inclusion and intercultural dialogue. Lunaria practices and fosters processes of social change at local, national and international level through advocacy, political-cultural animation, communication, non-formal education, training and research, information and awareness campaigns and with work on the net.
International mobility and voluntary work, youth policies, migration and the fight against racism, public communication on economics, analysis of public budget, economic and social policies, sustainable development, the fight against inequality, are at the centre of its social commitment. Since the year 2000, Lunaria has been co-ordinating the campaign Sbilanciamoci! which brings together 39 major Italian non-profit , peace, human rights, environment, fair trade, ethical finance organisations. The campaign publishes yearly reports, meets policy makers, organises conferences to promote a different use of public resources and new role of public actors in the economy. It analyses and reviews the choices of the national Government when composing the state budget and put forth, in yearly reports, amendment proposals for MPs from the point of view and the areas of interest of the campaign’s member civil society NGOs.
Marcello Mariuzzo, the unit team leader, is President of Lunaria and Head of its Communication and Social Media Unit. Graduated in Law at ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome, he is the former Lunaria’s Vice-President and Head of International Programmes, member of the Board of the Alliance of the European Voluntary Service Organisations, and Director of the Youth Information Center of the Municipality of Venice. He has a long-term experience on project management and ICTs, having coordinated and leaded large scale projects and partnerships at the national and European level on ICT-driven civic engagement and policy making, volunteering, youth training and animation.