PIN will be WP Leader of WP1-Management, WP3 Survey and Interviews to Social Entrepreneurs (in collaboration with University of Warsaw) and WP8 –Enabling Eco-System, as well as performing the activities foreseen in all WPs


Prof. Mario Biggeri, associate Professor in Development Economics at Faculty of Economics, University of Florence. His research interests focus on issues related to social enterprises management: capabilities approach, international aid, cooperations, community based organizations of the poor and collective action, informal economy upgrading, clusters of small and medium enterprises, and local development. He is the author of many articles that investigate the themes mentioned above. His work has been published both nationally and internationally. In this project he will act as research manager and coordinator.

ENRICO-TESTIEnrico Testi is the Executive Director of ARCO and Director of International Relations of the Yunus Social Business Centre of the University of Florence, at PIN S.c.r.l. Servizi Didattici e Scientifici dell’Università di Firenze. His research and consultancy activities are focused on qualitative impact evaluation, social business, social innovation, local development and organizational learning. His latest research topic is focused on enabling eco-systems for social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Throughout his career he has worked in several countries including: Romania, Etiopia, Brazil, Dominican Repubblic, Morocco, Ukraine and Bangladesh. He is currently a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Florence specializing in local development.


Marco Bellucci, Ph.D. Candidate in Business Administration and Management at the University of Pisa, is coordinator of ARCO Third Sector and Social Innovation unit. Graduated in 2010 in Advanced Development Economics at the University of Florence with a thesis titled “Efficienza nel no profit: una ricerca teorica ed empirica sulle organizzazioni di commercio equo e solidale”, he is involved in several studies and projects on social enterprises, cooperatives, third sector and quali-quantitative measurement of social value. He is Project Manager of the “Yunus Social Business Centre University of Florence” under the patronage of Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus and he is actually coordinating activities of Pistoia Social Business Program. He has foreign working experience in Ireland and India. His more recent paper, published in 2014 on “VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations”, presents a methodology, based on SROI (Social return on investment) to capture and assess the broad socio-economic value that third sector organizations produce through their volunteer recruitment, training, and management activities.

Nicola Doni (PhNICOLA-DONID) is a tenured researcher in Economics at the University of Florence. His research interests include Auctions Theory and Contracts Theory and Behavioural Economics, with applications to public procurement and to regulation of public services. Since 2006 he has been teaching Environmental Economics. He has been published in international journals, including: Resource and Energy Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Economics Letters, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Energy Policy and Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics. His work has been presented at conferences organized by European Economic Association, Economic Association in Research in Industrial Economics, Society for Advanced Economic Theory, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Italian Society of Economists, Italian Society of Public Economics.

franchi-300x263Serena Franchi obtained in 2015 the MA degree in Local and Regional Development Analysis and Policies at the University of Florence with honors, discussing a thesis titled “the role of employment in the social inclusion of offenders: a study on cooperatives in Tuscany”. During the academic studies she attended an internship at the Office of the Guarantor of Prisoners’ Rights (Municipality of Florence). In 2012 she participated in a research project funded by the Tuscany Region on female imprisonment. Particularly, her duties were related to the collection and analysis of statistical information on detained women and critical events (i.e. self-mutilation) in three Tuscany’s prisons. The academic and working experiences provided her with a strong asset in qualitative research with a focus on public and social policies. Since January 2014 she works as research assistant at ARCO lab under the unit “Third Sector and Social Innovation Unit”. Her research fields are local development and social inclusion policies.

ViVINCENZO-MAUROncenzo Mauro in 2004 received a degree in Statistics from the University of Florence in developing novel econometric methodology applied to demographics. Subsequently, he received his PhD in Applied Statistics from the University of Florence (2008) working primarily on policy evaluation under a causal inference framework. He was a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) there he developed a model combining instrumental variables (widely used in econometrics) and causal inference. His current research interests include the development of methodological frameworks for policy analysis. In particular, his efforts are focused on impact evaluation for programmes providing firms with financial incentives and tax credits in order to promote capital and R&D investments. He also worked in 2008 in the statistical group of the Tuscany Region, as a supervisor for the Statistical Program 2008-2010. Currently he is working as a research fellow on human development at the Economics Department of the University of Florence.

ANDREA-FERRANINIAndrea Ferrannini is the Coordinator of the Strategic Unit on Local Development of ARCO Lab and he is a junior expert of ILS LEDA Program – International Links and Services for Local Economic Development Agencies. In 2010 he obtained a Postgraduate Degree in Advanced Development Economics from the University of Florence with a dissertation on “The Integration Between Institutional Analysis and Local Development: A New Approach for the International Cooperation”, which was awarded the “Gino Filippini” prize by SVI Brescia. In 2012, he obtained the MSc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science with Distinction. He has acquired expertise in local development both as researcher (ARCO Lab) and as practitioners (UNDP ART GOLD Dominican Republic, ILS LEDA), working in the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Albania and Serbia. He has presented and published various articles and chapters on the perspective of human development at the local level and on the role of Local Development Agencies for democratic governance and economic and social innovation.

CARMELA-NITTICarmela Nitti graduated in 2011 in International and Diplomatic Sciences at the University of Trieste with a thesis on monitoring and evaluation methodologies applied to Fair Trade producers. During her bachelors, she spent a semester in Belgium, studying at the Institute of Social and Human Sciences in Liege. During this period she developed two anthropological researches on migration and infancy in which she applied the participant observation methodology. In 2012 Carmela was an intern at the Social Affair Office at the French Embassy in Rome where she participated in several research assignments on Italian social policies (labour market reforms, labour law, and the role of the family in the Italian social safety net system). Since 2012, she has been enrolled at the Master of Science in Development Economics at the University of Florence. In 2013 she began to collaborate with ARCO (Action Research for CO-development) research lab and the Yunus Social Business Centre University of Florence.