The Department of Economics and Management is highly interdisciplinary in nature, which is evidenced by the plurality of the lecturers’ Macro Area 13 academic disciplines for Italian university research and teaching, from P/01 to P/13, S/01, from S/03 to S/06 as well as IUS/04. This quality reflects a predisposition and an openness to new forms of multidisciplinary collaboration and integration of knowledge between CUN areas (CUN being the National University Council which groups different scientific academic disciplines into different areas), which the most recent research topics in the technological, environmental, ethical-social and welfare fields require.

The recent VQR (Research Quality Assessment) carried out confirmed the constant improvement of the DEM in the field of research.

Indices and Ratings

The R1_2 index of the DEM (i.e. the R index for all staff) is equal to 1.07, the IRD1_2 (qualitative-quantitative index) is equal to 0.16, greater than the H1_2 index (i.e. the share of expected products in relation to domestic products) – equal to 0.1.

Both the 13/A (i.e. academic disciplines for recruitment 13/A and 13/D) and 13/B (academic disciplines for recruitment 13/B and 13/C) GEV (Expert Evaluation Group) Areas have above-average ratings (with an R1_2 index of 1.01 and 1.12 respectively).

Breaking down the results, in the Economic and Statistical Sciences, the academic disciplines for recruitment 13/A and 13/D obtain ratings at or slightly above average (with an R-profile overall of 0.99 and 1.05, respectively). In the Economic and Business and History Sciences, the academic disciplines for recruitment 13/B and 13/C obtain ratings significantly higher than the average (with an overall R of 1.13 and 1.14, respectively). In the Department there is also a legal component (IUS/04) that was not evaluated in the VQR as it is numerically limited, but is to be considered relevant for its scientific and teaching contribution, both present and prospective.

Further evidence of the vitality of the DEM’s international and national research activity, also with specific reference to the topics covered by this development project, are:

  • the number (7) of European projects financed in the last five years (PARSIFAL, RESOLVE, InGRID_2, MAKSWELL, LOCOMOTION, REBALANCE, AEU_GF), of which 3 H2020 and one Horizon Europe were as Principal Investigator (PI) and 1 financed by the Norwegian Research Council;
  • the participation in national projects PRIN (1 in 2015, 4 in 2017, 2 in 2020) of which 3 were as PI and 1 project was financed by MITE;
  • from February 2022, opening up three fixed-term RTDA positions as part of NOP ‘Research and Innovation’ 2014-2020 to carry out research on Innovation and Green topics;
  • DEM’s involvement within the framework of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) in the following projects: Sustainable Mobility Centre 4 (Centro Nazionale 4 sulla Mobilità sostenibile) and on spoke 4 of the Tuscany Health Ecosystem (THE) project;
  • active collaborations with interdisciplinary (MOVET, REMARC, CISP, CNRMS), interdepartmental (CIRTHA, ESS, DETEC, CULTURA DIGITALE), and inter-university research centres (CIRN, CORRADINO D’ASCANIO, UCAR, ASESD, CIRSFI, CIES, CIPEI), as well as associations (Cluster Spring), on topics of technological development, social and environmental sustainability, history and law as well as collaborations with prestigious foreign universities (MIT, George Washington University, UPEM).


In particular, REMARC is a DEM research centre, which has distinguished itself through innovative and impactful research and the ability to carry out third mission activities in collaboration with national and international organisations.


Another significant example is MOVET, the aim of which is to create a network among stakeholders in the automotive sector to promote technological innovation in Industry 4.0 and to involve the relevant bodies for the development of the sector;

  • the opening of two research agreements with ISTAT;
  • the performance of third-party activities (termed third mission/commercial research), which has been growing over the last five years;
  • the significant number of agreements entered into with companies for internships/work placements in the last years (924 from 2015 to 2022);
  • the numerous positions as fellows of international scientific societies, Editorship of Journals, Editorial Series, Encyclopaedias and Scientific Treatises, Scientific Direction or Responsibility/Coordination of national or international public or private research organisations or institutes (34 lecturers);
  • Participation in numerous international conferences and in 3 summer schools on topics of qualitative research methodologies, ecological economics and sustainability with reference to employment, economic wellbeing and the environment;
  • the direct call abroad for an associate position in macro-sector 13/A and the numerous visiting fellows hosted over the last 3 academic years (a total of 23) and 8 accepted for the current year (including from the universities of Ghent, Sussex and Ottawa);
  • an important series of discussion papers linked to major international databases;
  • the organisation of ongoing series of seminars on scientific research carried out.


The Department of Economics and Management has also steadily invested in supporting the research activities of its young researchers, providing incentives in the form of research grants (21 active positions in 2021) and funding 1 RTDA.

The DEM has also actively participated in the strategic planning and implementation of activities to promote the university’s spin-off, kicking off different initiatives for the entrepreneurial training of students and researchers. In particular, various members of the Department are part of the University Spin-Off Committee, participating in the design and teaching of the PhD Plus initiative.


  • ARPI
    The University of Pisa Research Archive collects publications and documentation on the products of the university staff’s scientific research.
  • LAB and Research Centres
    The Department’s research centres and laboratories carry out research on topics of national and international importance and cover different areas of economic, statistical and business research. The research topics focus on economic development, the automotive sector, and boating.
  • Local and national projects
    The research projects currently running and financed by national and local sources (MIUR, Region of Tuscany, Foundations in the region, etc.)
  • International Projects
    The research projects currently running and financed by international sources (e.g. the European Commission) with special reference to topics of sustainability and inclusive growth.
  • Departmental Seminars
    The Department organises series of seminars with the aim of enabling comparison and exchange between different research perspectives and approaches, in order to promote as interdisciplinary a discussion as possible on the topics covered. Guest speakers participate in the seminars to encourage reflection on ongoing issues of potential interest to the Department. For the list of seminars in the past years see the following PDF document.
  • Lunch Seminars
    The Department hosts a series of Lunch Seminars for doctoral students and researchers in order to improve their research projects and promote collaboration in an informal context. To this end, all disciplines in the areas of business sciences, economics and mathematical statistics applied to economics are covered.
  • Discussion Papers
    The series of e-papers of the Department of Economics and Management.
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