Representetives of the Director


Simone Borghesi is full Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Siena. After graduating in Economics at the University of Siena (1995), he obtained a Master in Economics at University College London (1996) and a Ph.D. in Economics at the European University Institute (2001). He worked for the International Monetary Fund (1998) and the ENI Enrico Mattei Foundation (1999). In 2012 he was invited to the United Nations at the Meeting on "Happiness and Well-Being: Defining A New Economic Paradigm". He was a visiting scholar at INRA, Grenoble (2013), at Cambridge University (2015) and at ETH Zurich (2016). He is currently President Elect of EAERE (European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists) and Secretary General of the Policy Outreach Committee of EAERE. From September 2017 he is Director of FSR Climate, the Robert Schuman Center's climate change research unit at the European University Institute. He is also member of CEPR-RPN (Center for Economic Policy and Research - Research and Policy Network), and of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center on Regulation and Markets of Brookings Institution (Washington D.C.). In the period 2018-19 he has been President of IAERE (European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists). He takes part in numerous national and international research projects on environmental issues, both as participant and as head of the research unit at the University of Siena. He has published three books and over 80 articles in international collections and journals, including Ecological Economics, Ecological Modelling, Ecological Indicators, Economic Modelling, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Energy Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Science and Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Economic Surveys, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Journal of Socio-Economics, Research Policy, Scandinavian Journal of Economics. His work deals mainly with globalization, economic growth and sustainability of development, with particular regard to environmental issues.

Research lines
Globalization and Sustainability of Development, Environmental Kuznets Curve, European Emission Trading System, eco-innovation, evolutionary game theory

Research projects in progress
Coordinator of the LIFE DICET project: "Deepening International Cooperation on Emissions Trading"

PROF. FABIO CASINI: Orientation and tutoring

Fabio Casini is Associate Professor in the Scientific Disciplinary Sector SPS / 06 (History of International Relations), at the Department of Political and International Sciences (Dispi) of the University of Siena. He teaches History of International Relations (module 60 hours - 9 credits) and History of Diplomacy (module 60 hours - 9 credits). In addition to teaching and research activities, he is Delegate for Didactics and Study Plans for the Master's Degree Course in International Sciences (LM52), Head of the Orientation and Tutoring projects of the Dispi. He has carried out studies and research in Archives and Institutions in Italy and abroad; he has lectured at other universities and has participated in national and international seminars and conferences. His research interests span several fields. In particular he devoted himself to studies on the period between the two world wars, highlighting the relations between Germany and Great Britain also in relation to the German resistance to Nazism; the English policy of appeasement and particular moments of the Second World War, such as the Italian campaign, seen through Churchill's trip to Tuscany; he also dealt with the Jewish question, the Holy See and the Shoah and international terrorism. He has published essays, articles and reviews in various journals. It maintains collaborative relationships with AESI (European Association of International Studies). He is a member of the SISI (Italian Society of International History).


Professor Cherubini has wide experience in working, researching and teaching in Europe and the USA. She is a member of the Fondazione Ernesto Rossi-Gaetano Salvemini and the Management Committee of the Tuscan Society for the History of the Risorgimento. She has also collaborated with the Association internationale d’histoire contemporaine de l’Europe and is a member of many other historical associations. She also acts as coordinator for more than thirty bilateral agreements in the European Erasmus + inter-university exchange program.

Research lines: European pacifism from its origins to the period between the two World Wars; Italian socialism between 1800s and 1900s; Italian universities from Unity to Fascism; the University of Siena and Journalism in the Risorgimento; History of journalism and the transition from the bourgeois public sphere to the emergence of public opinion.

Research Projects: European intellectual networks in 1800s; the debate on the crisis of printed paper on the Italian and international level.

PROF. FEDERICO LENZERINI: third mission and research

Associate Professor of International Law. Juris Dr. magna cum laude, University of Siena, 15 October 1998. Ph. D., International Law, 8 April 2003, University of Bari. He obtained the National Scientific Qualification (Italy) for Full Professor of International Law, Sector 12/E1, in April 2017.

He is also Professor at the LLM programme in Intercultural Human Rights at the St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami (FL), USA, and Professor at the Tulane-Siena Summer School on International Law, Cultural Heritage and the Arts. He has been Consultant to UNESCO (Paris) and Counsel to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for international negotiations related to cultural heritage. He has been the Rapporteur of the International Law Association (ILA); ‘Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ and is currently Rapporteur of the ILA Committee on the ‘Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peopless’. He has been visiting professor in several foreign universities, including the University of Texas in Austin, the Charles University of Prague, the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, the universities of Wellington and Waikato Te Piringa, in New Zealand, the University of Tulane in New Orleans, the Romanian-American University in Bucharest, and the Central European University in Budapest. In 2011 he was Professor at the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute in Fiesole and is member of the editorial committees of the Italian Yearbook of International Law, the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, and the editorial series Cultural Heritage Law and Policy (Oxford University Press). He has published seven books (including two monographs) and over 100 academic articles.

  Research lines:

Human rights

Rights of indigenous peoples Asylum and refugee law Protection of cultural heritage International humanitarian law

Current research projects:

Implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples at the national level Protection of Unaccompanied Foreign Children

Protection of cultural heritage of indigenous peoples

International law and “implied rights”


from November 1, 2019 is Associate Professor of Constitutional Law; from November 1, 2016 to October 31, 2019, is a senior researcher of Constitutional Law at the University of Siena, Department of Political and International Science.

From December 27, 2012 to December 26, 2015 served as a junior researcher of Constitutional Law at the University of Sassari, Department of Law.

From March 1, 2004 to February 28, 2007, has held a research grant at the Department of Law at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

On February 27, 2004, he obtained a Ph.D. in "Law and Economics of public and private companies" at the University of Sassari.

He is registered in the Register of Attorneys at the Court of Sassari since 1999.

He graduated cum laude from Law School in Law at the University of Sassari on July 2, 1996.

Research areas: Public economic Law, Regional Law.

Current research projects: Independent Authorities in the Constitutional System.


Maria Vella is a professore aggregato in Economics and Management of the Third Sector. Creator and scientific director of LET'S GO, a laboratory for news professionalism for the Third Sector. She has organized several Conferences on Co-operation and the Third Sector, with the participation of non-profit, institutional and academic representatives, to deepen the theme, to initiate conventions and to spread the theme of solidarity and ethics in business. She has performed consultancy activities for co-operatives to draw up their respective social accounts. From 2015 she is also Director of the Master (MUTUASI) in Healthcare. Since 2007, as an expert in the Economy of Cooperation, she is a member of the Consultation of the Cooperation established in the Tuscany Region. She is the author of university textbooks and, recently, articles on specialized journals on the growing role of the Third Sector for Individual Well-Being and the Social-Health Sector, where research continues. Member of the Teaching Committee in Social Services Sciences. Teacher tutor for

Research: Disparity within European health systems; European social welfare models

PROF.SSA ALESSANDRA VIVIANI: internationalisation

Alessandra Viviani: since 2019 is full professor of International Law at the Department of Political and International Sciences at the University of Siena. Graduated in Law at the University of Siena in 1990, in 1996 obtained the Master degree in Magistre Juris in European and Comparative Law at the University of Oxford. In the same year she received the title of Doctor of International Law from the University of Florence. She is Professor of International Human Rights, European Human Rights Protection and International Economic Law. She is Coordinator of the Students/teachers Department Commitee Deputy Director of the Department since 2015 and also referent for the internationalization of the same Department. From 2010 to 2016 she was Delegate of the Rector for Internationalization. She coordinates several Erasmus exchange agreements and has been Visiting Teacher at the Universities of Coimbra and Cracow. From 2017 she is the scientific coordinator of the PRIMA program at the Santa Chiara Lab at the University and since 2018 she is Rector's Delegate for the same Center. She cooperates with UNICEF Italia in educational courses for school teachers.

She is author of several publications, including the two monographs, Crimini internazionali e responsabilità dei leader politici e militari”, Milano, Giuffré 2005 e “L’identità personale nel sistema della Convenzione europea dei diritti dell’uomo, Napoli, ES, 2013.

Research lines: It deals with international human rights protection, in particular when protecting children's rights and  the international rules and standards on the right to education and human rights education.

Research Projects: Scientific Coordinator of the "I Have Rights" Project Erasmus Plus KA2 Strategic Partnership School, 2016-1-Fr01-KA201-024133