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Programma SharEU - Centro di Eccellenza Jean Monnet


Prof. Laura Leonardi, coordinator

Ph.D in political Sociology, Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences and Jean Monnet Chair in “Social Dimension and European Integration” at the University of Florence. From 1999 to 2005 she held a Jean Monnet Module on “Unemployment in Europe and the European Employment Strategy”. She was one of the founders of the chairs of “Sociology of Europe” and “European Social Policy” since 1995 at the Faculty of Political Science in Florence. She was co-coordinator of the Project of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence: “The EU and European Unification: State of the Art and Perspectives“ (2011-2014). From 2013 she is President of the “Committee for Equal Opportunities and Well-being, Against Discrimination” at the University of Florence. From 2002 to 2011 she was President of the University Programme  in “Industrial Relations and Human Resources Development” at the Faculty of Political Science. She coordinated several national and international teaching and research programmes. Her main research interests in European topics include citizenship, social identity, social inequalities and life chances, labour and welfare, equal opportunities between men and women, the European social model, active inclusion strategies. 


Prof. Adelina Adinolfi

Full Professor of EU Law in the School of Law of the University of Florence. Professor of EU Law in the School of Specialization (Post-Graduated) for legal professionals. Academic coordinator of the PhD in International Law and EU Law from 2007-2010. Part-time professor of EU Law in the European University Institute (2012-13). Expert on EU Law and on the relationship between Italian Law and EU law. She devoted special attention to the issue of multilevel protection of fundamental rights, considering the limits deriving by some decisions given by the Italian Constitutional Court.  She has widely published on these issues in academic journals and books.


Prof. Annick Magnier Co-coordinator

Specialized in Urban sociology, she has for twenty years participated in and coordinated large comparative researches on European urban politics and policies. Re-framed in the perspective of the historical sociology of Europe, the findings of these researches were at the basis of her teaching activity as Jean Monnet Permanent Course and successively Chair holder. To the project she brings her experience in the analysis of the concrete political situations in which day after day the European cities may promote the European values and she will contribute continuing her teaching activity on these themes, editing a book at the conclusion of a cross-national comparative research activity, organizing a conference, and generally allowing the local and international network she developed through her activities to sustain the different actions planned.


Prof. Franca Maria Alacevich

Full Professor of Sociology of Labour, School of Political Sciences, Florence University. She teaches Sociology of Labour in BA programs and Sociology of labour in Europe in MA programs and Comparative Industrial relations in post-graduate programs. She is Head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (DSPS), Florence University and was Coordinator of the European Master in Labour Sciences from 1995 to 2015. Her research interests include European employment policies, labour markets, job quality, labour relations and social security. She has widely published on these issues in academic national and international journals and books.


Prof. Rossella Bardazzi

Rossella Bardazzi has devoted part of her research activities to the theoretical and empirical analysis of several issues at the European level. She belongs to an international network of macromodel builders. She has been involved in a EU-funded path-breaking project of building microsimulation models for firms to evaluate fiscal reforms (including environmental taxes) which are very high on the European agenda. More recently she has studied empirical issues related to the effects of market-based tools on energy consumption of firms and households. She has been the coordinator of a Jean Monnet Module in the years 2012-2015 “Empowering Europe: Energy, Security and Environment”.  She has many-years’ experience in lecturing both at the undergraduate and at the graduate level. Her teaching activities have largely been focussed on European economic issues including the European economic governance and the energy markets.


Prof. Luigi Burroni

Burroni has devoted a large part of his research and teaching activities to the relationship between economy and society in EU countries. In this field, he coordinated research teams of: A) the project New Modes of Governance, funded by the EU–FP6 (2005-8). B) The project on "Political economy of flexicurity" funded by the ETUI (2010). C) The project "Meeting the challenges of economic uncertainty in European countries", funded by the EU – FP7 (2009-12). D) The project on “Bargaining on Social Rights” funded by the DG Employment (2012-13). He is now coordinating a research on “Active inclusion and Industrial Relations from a Multi-level Governance Perspective” (2014-16). He has a long experience in lecturing on European socio-economic governance both at undergraduate and graduate level in many universities (UAB Barcelona, Warwick Business School, Faculty of Political Science in Cologne; Sciences-Po-Paris, the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University).


Dr. William Chiaromonte

William Chiaromonte is Researcher in Labour Law at the University of Florence Law School. He teaches Advanced Labour Law and European Social Law at the University of Florence Law School. He has a European Master in Labour Studies  from the University of Florence and the Université Catholique de Louvain (2004) and a Ph.D. in European Social Law from the University of Macerata (2009). William Chiaromonte teaches European Social Law at the University of Florence, Law School. His research activity deals with labour and social rights of third country citizens (migrant workers) in a European and Italian perspective. He has widely published on these issues in academic journals and books.


Prof. Francesca Ditifeci

Francesca Ditifeci PHD, is a researcher at the University of Florence since 2005. She teaches 'Linguistic Analysis' at the School of Political Science  "Cesare Alfieri", Master Course in International Relations and European Studies. She is the Director of the postgraduate course "Nodi e snodi del percorso dell'adozione". She is a member of the permanent semiar "La Polis senza Creonte e senza Antigone. La politica senza legge e senza desiderio" which gives birth to the yearly 'Lezioni Fiorentine' since 2011. Her main fields of research are: political discourse analysis, Western  linguistic-logical system, international adoption.


Prof. Valeria Fargion

Valeria Fargion holds a Jean Monnet Chair on “The Politics of European Integration” at the University of Florence, School of Political Science. She coordinates the European Studies track in the "International Relations and European Affairs" Master Program. From 2008 to 2014, she was Co-Chair of ESPANET-Italy (Network for European Social Policy Analysis) and is currently Co-editor of its official journal  “Politiche Sociali/Social Policies”. She served for two terms (2002-2006 and 2006–2010) as elective Executive Board member of the ISA Research Committee 19 on "Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy". From 2008 to 2010, she acted as national expert for the Commission (DG Employment) in the context of the OMC on pensions, health and long-term care (ASISP Network). She participated in a variety of international research projects and published widely on the Italian Welfare State in a historical and a comparative perspective, social care services in Europe, and the performance of Italian Regions with respect to social policies and European structural funds. Her research interests recently shifted to EU development co-operation and external social policy. 


Prof. Chiara Favilli

PhD on The Principle of Non-discrimination, non-discrimination law (all grounds), EU Law, Human Rights Law at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa. Professor of European Union Law, European Social Law and Member of the PhD in Law advisory board – University of Florence. She participated in a variety of international research projects on Migrations in Europe and third country citizens (migrant workers) in Europe and Italy. She has widely published on these issues in academic journals and books.


Prof. Massimiliano Guderzo

Full Professor of the History of International Relations, Jean Monnet Chair in History of European Unification and Coodinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence since 2008. His research and teaching focus on history of EU integration the external relations of the European Union and EU-US relations. He is author of numerous publications on  the European integration process.


Prof. Giorgio Natalicchi

Associate Professor at the Dept. of Political Science and Sociology  of  the University of  Florence. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School of the City University of New York (CUNY) (1996). He currently teaches courses at the graduate level in “Politics of European Integration” and “ICT Policies”. In the past he has also taught EU Politics at Syracuse University in Florence at undergraduate and graduate level. At Syracuse University in Florence he also coordinated a yearly intensive seminar on European Integration Studies for the Graduate Global Markets Program in cooperation with the European University Institute, focused on the political, economic, and sociological dimensions of European Integration. His current research activity focuses on a new research agenda for International and Regional Integration and on ICT Policies, at the national, regional (EU) and international levels. He is author of several articles and books on EUs Governance and Policy Making, and on EU Regulatory Policies in the Network Industries. 


Prof. Maria Grazia Pazienza

Maria Grazia Pazienza’s research and teaching activities are focussed on public finance, and effects of taxes, with particular emphasis on environmentally-related taxation as a key instrument to combat climate change. She has been a short term expert in a TWINNING project (Italy-Morocco), giving advices on environmental project to the Moroccan Ministry of Environment. Moreover she is now involved in a Think Tank project on the Public Budget consequences of climate change policy. She has been visiting the Centre for Tax policy and Administration OECD (Paris), where she joined a research group on energy taxation. She has been teaching courses on Public Policy, Taxation and Environmental Economics both at undergraduate and graduate level.


Dr. Gemma Scalise

Gemma Scalise is Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute and research fellow at the Dep. of Political and social sciences of the University of Florence. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Florence. Her risearch interests concern the impact of European integration on labour markets, welfare state developments, social inclusion policies and multi-level governance.In 2015 she has been visiting fellow at the Universidad Antonoma of Barcelona. She hold a teaching module in "Social dimension and European integration" at the School of Political Science in Florence. Among her recent publications: (2017) co-author L. Burroni, Quando gli attori contano. Agency, eredità storiche e istituzioni nei modelli di capitalismo, in Stato e Mercato, n. 109, aprile 2017; (2016) co-author L. Leonardi, Europeanisation and inequalities. Reconstructing social citizenship from below, in Società Mutamento Politica, vol. 7, n. 13, 2016; (2015) The narrative construction of the European identity. Meanings of Europe “from below”, in European Societies, vol. 17, issue 4; (2015) co-author L. Leonardi, Re-embedding European Social Citizenship through Cosmopolitanism, in Participazione e conflitto, vol. 8, n. 3.  

Dr. Sorina Soare

Sorina Soare is a lecturer of Comparative Politics at the University of Florence. She holds a PhD in political science from the Université libre de Bruxelles and has previously studied political science at the University of Bucharest. Before coming to Florence, S. Soare obtained funding from the Wiener Anspach foundation for 1 year Post-Ph Programme in St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Her work has been published (or is forthcoming) in Democratization, East European Politics, Studia Politica. Romanian Political Science Review, Southeastern Europe, PArtecipazione e Conflitto. She taught at the Central University of Budapest, Université libre de Bruxelles, University of Palermo and University of Bucharest. She works in the area of comparative politics. Her research interests lie primarily in the field of post-communist political parties and party systems, democratisation and institutional development. Currently, S. Soare serves as the coordinator of a strategic project funded by the University of Florence on the issue of the challenges of contemporary democracies: immigration and citizenship. She currently works on an analysis focused on the evolution of the constellation of regulations acting within the area of the Member States citizenship, with a focus on the interactions between kin-states, kin-majorities and the home states in post-communist Romania. Among her topics on research, she is interested in studying the dynamics impacting upon the political participation of immigrants in their countries of residence.


Prof. Alberto Tonini

Phd in International history. Jean Monnet Module holder in the teaching post-graduate course “Energy, Environment, and European Security”, (language of instruction: English) Florence university. He teaches International History, with special focus on European integration process and the new dimension of the EU external relations. His research activity focuses on the enlargement challenge to European institutions and economies. His publications deals with the history and politics of the Euro-Mediterranean relations and the new prospects for inter-European economic cooperation, the security dimension, and the renewed transatlantic relations after the enlargement.

last update: 05-Nov-2017
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