The DESP (Department of Economics, Society and Politics) is an interdisciplinary Department at the University of Urbino established in January 2011 out of the merger of the Institutes of “Sociology”, “Political Economy”, “Business administration” and “Political Science” Law” based previously in the respective Faculties.
UNIURB is involved in all work package tasks related to social innovation and will lead work package 14.
The institutes which merged into the DESP have an important record of international and national research projects on social inclusion and exclusion, welfare, local policies and poverty. From FP4 (e.g. ESOPO, evaluating social policies: paths into and out of poverty), to large scale research projects on rescaling of social welfare policies in Europe (prof. Kazepov as scientific coordinator) for the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna/Austria) and to FP7 (e.g. GOETE, the Governance of Educational Trajectories in Europe (FP7). Members of the Department have been involved in the Thematic study on Policy measures concerning disadvantaged youth (DG Employment) and in the peer review of the Social Inclusion Process (e.g. focussing on “Preventing the risk of exclusion of families with difficulties” in Italy). It has also been a partner in the Training Network UrbEurope – Urban Europe between Identity and Change (FP5). National research has focussed on “the territorial dimension of social policies: actors, processes and impacts” (as coordinator); the “social transformation of social Italy” (as partner); “life course, families and reproduction between choice and restraint” (as partner).
(MA in Political Science, PhD in Sociology), Professor for Comparative welfare policy and Urban Sociology, he was the director of the MA in Social Policy Management and is currently the president of RC21 of the International Sociological Association, the co-chair of ESPAnet-Italy the Italian branch of the European Network of Social Policy Analysis. Recently, he has been scientific coordinator of the project “Rescaling of Social Welfare policy in Europe”. Currently, he is scientific responsible for the Uniurb unit and member of the steering committee in the GOETE project. He is the co-editor of SocioLogica Italian Journal of Sociology (ed. Il Mulino). His main research and publishing activities lie in field of social exclusion, comparative social policies, social assistance, governance, local policies and urban poverty.
(PhD in Sociology) holds a post-doc position at the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”. His main field of interest is the integration of immigrants and ethnic minorities, and the local dimension of social policy on which he published extensively.