Director of the HDCP-IRC

Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti is Full Professor in Economics at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Pavia and Director of the HDCP-IRC at the IUSS (Institute for Advanced Study) Pavia. Her research interests include capability measurement making use of fuzzy set theory and fuzzy logic, poverty and inequality multidimensional analysis and measurement, gender issues. Email: enrica.chiappero[at]unipv.it




Senior Scholars

Emanuela Ceva is Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia and Lecturer in political philosophy at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Pavia. She has published on themes of procedural justice, pluralism and respect for dissenting minorities. In particular, she is the author of Giustizia e conflitti di valori (Bruno Mondadori 2008) and editor (with Gideon Calder) of Diversity in Europe. Dilemmas of differential treatment in theory and practice (Routledge 2010). Her articles have appeared in such journals as Political Studies, The Journal of Applied PhilosophyEuropean Journal of Political Theory and Res Publica. Currently, she is completing a monograph on the management of value conflicts and directing the European research project RESPECT (FP7). Email: emanuela.ceva[at]unipv.it

Paolo R. Graziano is Associate Professor at Bocconi University and Visiting Fellow at HCDP-IRC IUSS, Pavia. He teaches Political Science and Public Policy Analysis. He has published several authored and edited volumes and journal special issues. His most recent authored book is Europeanization and Policy Change. Italy in Comparative Perspective (Routledge, 2013). His work on Europeanization, cohesion, social policy issues and political consumerism has appeared or is forthcoming in leading international journals such as: European Journal for Political Research, European Political Science, Regional and Federal Studies, Social Policy and Administration, Governance, Journal of Social Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Comparative European Politics, International Journal of Social Welfare, Journal of Consumer Culture, Politique européenne, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.


Salvatore Veca
is Vice-Director of the IUSS, Coordinator of IUSS’ Academic Courses and full professor of Political Philosophy. He has been President of the Feltrinelli Foundation from 1999 to 2005 and he’s currently in the editorial board of the European Journal of Philosophy. His research interests include theories of justice, the concepts of tolerance and pluralism, theories of citizenship. On such themes he published a number of books and articles. Email: salvatore.veca[at]iusspavia.it

Associated Researchers

Lucio Esposito is currently a lecturer in Development Economics at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. He holds a four-year laurea in Economics and one in Political Science, and MA and a PhD in Development Economics. He carries out both theoretical and empirical research. He has a wide range of interest: absolute and relative poverty, wellbeing, inequality, distributive justice, social choice, Sen’s Capability Approach, literacy in low-income countries, cross-country studies and data collection methodologies. He enjoys interdisciplinary research and collecting primary data in the field. He has personally carried out fieldworks in Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mozambique, South Africa and in a number of European countries. Further, he has been involved in primary data collection in India, Jordan and Nepal.

Stefano Moroni, Polytechnic of Milan

Giampaolo Nuvolati (University of Milan Bicocca) was one of the coordinators of the FLA research project: “Cities, well-being and poverty: the social impact of a deteriorating urban context” (leading researcher Enrica Chiappero).



Andrea Colantonio is Research Coordinator at LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, London, UK. He is an urban geographer and economist who specialises in the investigation of the complex linkages between urban growth, sustainability and the geographies of development in both developing and developed countries. He has worked and researched in numerous international universities, and he is main author of "Urban Regeneration and Social Sustainability. Best practice from European Cities" (2010) and “Urban Tourism and Development in the Socialist State. Havana during the ‘Special Period’”(2006).

Zinah Nimeh is a Marie Currie Fellow at the Maastricht University Graduate School of Governance in the Netherlands; she is currently completing her PhD in Public Policy and Policy Analysis and focusing on the topic of Group Inequality and Social Stratification in an Arab Middle Eastern Context. Her main involvement at the HDCP-IRC has been through the project: “Toward an integrated view of human rights and human development: theoretical foundations, measurement issues and policy implications”, and its sub project on deriving weights on wellbeing dimensions according to various segments of the Jordanian society. Her work includes producing several research papers in addition to providing the project team with consultancy regarding their work on the data for Jordan. She initially studied Human Resources Strategy and Development and applied her knowledge through working on development projects with donor agencies and the government in the Middle East. Outside the academic field she has managerial and consulting experience in the areas of development, human resources and education. She has applied experience in policy making and implementation. Her research interests include group inequality, multidimensional poverty, social stratification, citizenship and social protection policies. Mrs. Nimeh is married and has one son.


Postdoctoral Researchers

Nadia von Jacobi PhD in Economics, Law and Institutions at IUSS Pavia that comprised visiting periods at UNU-WIDER in Helsinki, Finland and at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. Currently, she is post-doctoral fellow for the project "Laboratorio Expo", coordinated by FondazioneGiangiacomoFeltrinelli, where she investigates the dimensions of social sustainability with a view to formulate recommendations for the post-2015 development agenda to be presented at Expo 2015. Nadia holds a Master in Advanced Development Economics (University of Florence) and a Bachelor in Social Sciences for Cooperation and Development (University of Pavia). She has integrated her academic education with international studying and working experiences in Portugal, Argentina, Chile (UN-CEPAL) and Mongolia. She has experience as consultant and project manager, especially in sustainable tourism projects such as the EuropeAid financed project BRIDGE-IT, or the local development project condividiAMO for the Province of Milan. During her PhD she has investigated the role of the context within which people are embedded for their human development achievements. She investigated two case studies - a comparative analysis of Mali and Ghana with reference to contextual determinants of the fertility-labour link; and the role of the context for policy-transmission in the case of the Brazilian conditional-cash transfer programmeBolsaFamilia. Her main research interests comprise institutions, multidimensional poverty and inequality measurement, development mesoeconomics, policy and sustainable tourism.


Francesco Chiodelli, PhD in Urban Projects and Policies, is Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Planning and Architecture and Lecturer in Urban Analysis at the Faculty of Architecture of the Milan Polytechnic. He works mainly on themes of planning theory, public space, urban poverty, contractual communities, spatial dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With the HDCP-IRC he is currently involved in the European research project RESPECT; from 2007 to 2009 he was involved in FLA (Fondazione Lombarda per l’Ambiente) research project “City, Wellbeing and Poverty: the social impact of environmental decay in urban contexts”.

Anna Sabadash holds a Master in Advanced Studies in Economics (Catholic University of Leuven) and a PhD in Applied Economics and Quantitative Methods (University of Genoa). After having completed her PhD (on the impact of technological progress on employment and education), she has been involved in several research projects as a researcher at the Centre for Economic Studies, Faculty of Business and Economics, K.U.Leuven (Belgium) and a research fellow at the Department of Public Economics, University of Pavia (Italy). She has performed a number of empirical research projects in collaboration with the Centre of Economic Studies (K.U.Leuven), Steunpunt Fiscaliteit & Begroting (University of Ghent and K.U.Leuven), Department of Political and Social Sciences (University of Pavia), EMCDDA (EC Agency). Anna is currently working at the JRC-IPTS of the EC. Her research interests are primarily in the micro- and macroeconomic aspects of labour economics, in particular in such topics as the effect of the ICT-enabled innovation on the structure of employment and wages; changes in age-specific demand for and supply of different skill-groups of labour; high-skilled migration; effects of education, family background, socio-economic environment and intrinsic personal and behavioural characteristics on occupational career, wage premiums and other aspect of human capital development and well-being; college wage-premium and wage inequality

Federico Zuolo received his PhD from the University of Pavia in 2007. He has been working at the HCPC-IRC since 2010 as Project Manager of the Project RESPECT – Towards a Topography of Tolerance and Equal Respect. His interests include issues in contemporary political theory, in particular differential treatment, conscientious objection, toleration, and the definition of minority groups, as well as some topics in the history of philosophy. He is currently working on the issue of how informal groups may be considered capable of group agency and of tolerating other groups. Before joining the HDCP-IRC, in 2007 and 2008, he worked for another EC funded project under FP6, EuroEthos, at the University of Trento, in which he was Research assistant. In 2008 and 2009 he was Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, University of Pavia. Besides his PhD thesis published in 2009 (Plato and Efficacy. The realisability of normative theory, in Italian, published by Academia Verlag), he has published on a number of topics in contemporary political theory, differential treatment, conscientious objection, and the history of philosophy. He cooperates also with another IUSS based research project, PRIN 2008, funded by the Italian Ministry of Research, “Tolleranza come eguale rispetto: le basi normative delle politiche degli spazi”.

Giulia Caiani, PhD in Economic Policy (option Urban Planning and Policies) at the Catholic University of Milan. She is actually working at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of University of Milan-Bicocca on a project aimed at enhancing the multi-functionality and the not productive  features of the peri-urban areas. She’s mainly interested in urban economy, urban quality of life in relation to human development, spatial effects between neighborhood areas, latent variable models for the estimation of determinants of wellbeing, as a sum of factors related to both people and life contexts. During her PhD she has extensively worked on the linkage between space and poverty under the supervision of Prof. Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, adopting Milan as a case study and contributing from 2007 to 2010, to the realization of the research project “City, Wellbeing and Poverty: multidimensional profiles of wellbeing for integrated public actions”, financed by HDCP-IRC and Fondazione Lombarda per l’Ambiente.

Junior Scholars

Filippo Dionigi
, London School of Economics and Political Science

Michela Guerini, PhD Student, University of Milan Bicocca


Alberta M.C. Spreafico is a doctoral candidate in Economics, Law and Institutions at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IUSS, Pavia, Italy) and Early Stage Researcher at the Human Development Capability and Poverty International Research Centre (HDCP-IRC) within the Marie Curie Project “EduWel”.
She’s currently on leave at the OECD, Paris.
Alberta’s research interests are in economics of education, young people’s school-to-work transition, healthcare economics, multidimensional poverty analysis and measurement, social policy analysis and the theoretical, empirical and applied elaboration of the capability approach. Alberta’s previous work experience has been as a Human Development Projects Coordinator at Henry Ford Health Systems (Detroit MI, USA) and as the Chair of Sustainable Development and Human Empowerment for the NGO WINFOCUS (World Interactive Network Focused On Critical UltraSound). Alberta holds a postgraduate degree in Economics, Politics and International Institutions completed by attending both the University of Pavia (Italy) and Columbia University (New York, USA). She has a bachelor degree in international Relations, Political Science, from the University of Pavia (Italy).



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