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2nd AISRe Summer School

The sources of regional productivity: agglomeration, institutions and technology

Università degli Studi di Padova, DSEA “Marco Fanno”, July 6-9, 2021



Objectives and themes

The Summer School will focus on the productivity and competitiveness of Italian and European regions, and on the determinants of their change over time and across space. The goal of the Summer School is to teach a research method for studying complex issues, both positive and normative, with advanced theoretical and methodological tools. Within this framework, the Summer School will address the following topics:

  • The concept of spatial agglomeration: theories, recent empirical evidence and indicators
  • The role of institutions in fostering regional productivity and development
  • Technology, skills and regional specialization
  • The impact of the Industry 4.0 on the global value chains and on the sustainability of industrial clusters


Structure of the Program

Each topic will be developed along one day through lessons, seminars on specific topics and tutorial sessions according to the following scheme:

09.00-12.00 a.m. lesson

14.00-16.00 p.m. lesson/seminar/tutorial session

16.30-18.30 Students’ presentation


Confirmed senior scholars with high reputation on the topics of the Summer School will deliver lectures, while experts will conduct seminars and tutorial sessions. All presentations will be in English.



  • Agglomeration and productivity: Giulio Cainelli (DSEA – Università degli Studi di Padova) and Giuseppe Vittucci Marzetti (Università di Milano-Bicocca)
  • Institutions and regional development: Guido De Blasio (Banca d’Italia), Roberto Ganau (DSEA – Università degli Studi di Padova) and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (London School of Economics)
  • Technology, skills and regional specialization: Roberto Antonietti (DSEA – Università degli Studi di Padova), Francesco Lissoni (GRETHA – Université de Bordeaux)
  • Industry 4.0, global value chains and clusters: Eleonora Di Maria (DSEA – Università degli Studi di Padova), Elisa Giuliani (Università di Pisa), Silvia R. Sedita (DSEA – Università degli Studi di Padova)
  • Economic Complexity Lab: Chiara Burlina (Gran Sasso Science Institute)


Local Organizing Committee

Roberto Antonietti, Giulio Cainelli, Robegrto Ganau (dSEA – Università degli Studi di Padova)

Scientific Committee

Roberto Antonietti (Università di Padova); Giulio Cainelli (Università di Padova); Roberta Capello (Politecnico di Milano); Cristina Bernini (Università di Bologna); Marusca De Castris (Università degli Studi Roma Tre); Alessandra Faggian (Gran Sasso Science Institute – GSSI); Patrizia Lattarulo (IRPET); Ilaria Mariotti (Politecnico di Milano); Rosanna Nisticò (Università della Calabria); Andrea Omizzolo (EURAC); Guido Pellegrini (Università di Roma La Sapienza); Giovanni Perucca (Politecnico di Milano); Davide Piacentino (Università di Palermo); Vincenzo Provenzano (Università di Palermo); Elena Ragazzi (IRCrES – CNR); Francesca Silvia Rota (IRCrES – CNR); Domenico Scalera (Università del Sannio)


How to participate

PhD students and early career researchers with less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience, from Italian universities and research centres can apply to this call.

Candidates must send their CV (Europass format, maximum 5 pages) and an abstract of a research project/paper on which they are currently working (maximum 2,000 words). The selection committee will evaluate the applications on the basis of the documentation submitted. The CV and the quality of the abstract, as far as its consistency with the topics of regional and urban sciences, are the only criteria for the selection.

Candidates have to send their application by April 22th 2021, to the following email address:

In the object of the email, please specify “NAME OF THE CANDIDATE – Application to the AISRe summer school”.

A maximum of 25 candidates will be selected for participation, and they will receive an email notification by May 1st, 2021.

The participation to the summer school is subject to the payment of a participation fee of 150 euro, reduced to 65 euro for young (under 35) scholars. Travel, food and accommodation are at the expense of the participant.

The payment of the participation fee includes the individual membership to AISRe.

AISRe membership also includes:

  • a subscription to Scienze Regionali (Italian Journal of Regional Science) for the following calendar year (;
  • the volumes of the Regional Science Series (FrancoAngeli) published during the business year;
  • the registration to the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), which includes an online subscription to the journals Papers in Regional Science and Regional Science Policy & Practice for the following calendar year;
  • the opportunity to pay a reduced fee at the annual conferences of the international associations: European Regional Science Association (ERSA) ( and Regional Science Association International (RSAI) (


At the end of the event, those who will have attended all the days of the summer school will receive a certificate of attendance.

At present, the summer school is expected to take place in presence. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we cannot exclude that classes will have to be held remotely.

A final decision on this aspect will be communicated to all participants by June 1st, 2021.