The  “Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture” was founded on April 13 2018, on  initiative of the Silvia Santagata Research Centre (CSS-EBLA).


The Foundation gathers all the know-how and experiences of CSS-EBLA and of the studies activities carried out by Walter Santagata, pioneering scholar of Culture Economics.

The Foundation’s main working areas are two: a first one linked to the models for the management of cultural heritage, with a specific reference to the economic dimension of development and to UNESCO related programs, and a second one linked to the production of culture and cultural innovation.

Furthermore, the Foundation’s mission is to enable cooperative networking among culture and other sectors operators, to support the internationalization of Piedmontese and Italian economic and cultural operators, in order to generate positive socio-economic impacts.


Board of directors: Paola Borrione, Francesco Bandarin, Nicola Bottero.


Alessio Re, Secretary-General

Cultural heritage management’s expert, he is a UNESCO and ITC-ILO consultant, adjunct professor at the University of Turin and the University of Pisa and teacher in several international Masters and programs.


Paola Borrione, Head of Research

Expert in economic analysis of cultural production, innovation and new technologies, she is evaluator for several European programs and author of studies and researches on the Economics of Culture.


Martha Mary Friel, Head of Milan’s office

Researcher in Economics and Business Management at IULM, she is an expert in cultural and creative tourism, collaborating with international institutions and author of studies and publications on tourism and development.

Scientific coordination:

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Francesco Bandarin, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center (2000-2010) and UNESCO Director-General for the Culture Sector (2010-2018), he is ICCROM’s Special Adviser and member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Trust for Cultures.


Enrico Bertacchini, Associate Professor of Financial Sciences at the Department of Economics “Cognetti de Martiis” at University of Turin. Member of CSS-Ebla Board of Directors, he is the Programme Manager of the area “Cultural Economics”. He is the author of many national and international pubblications. Graduated in Economics at University of Turin, he holds a M.A. in Economics at CORIPE-Collegio Carlo Alberto and a PhD in Comparative Analysis of Institutions, Law and Economics at University of Turin and at Ghent University – Belgium).


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Sergio Foà, Full Professor of Administrative Law at Department of Law and since 2010, teacher at the specialization school of legal professions of University of Turin. He is the Programme Manager of the area “Law and Art” of CSS-Ebla. Graduated in Law at University of Turin, he holds a PhD in Administrative Law at University of Milan.


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Angelo Miglietta, Full Professor of Economics and Management at IULM University. Coordinator of the PhD in “Economics, Management and Comunication for Creativity” and pro-Rector for Innovation and Development at IULM University. Currently he is President of Sirti Spa, Board Member of Banca Generali and Deputy Mayor of Eon Italia Spa.


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Giovanna Segre, Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Economics and Statistics “Cognetti De Martiis” of the University of Turin, in which she also has the role of Vice-President of the BA in “Economics of the environment, culture and territory” where she holds the course of Economics of Culture; Director of the Master in “World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development” (in collaboration with the Polytechnic of Turin and the ITC-ILO); Director of the Interdepartmental Research Center of Urban Studies and Events “Homer”; Member of the scientific committee of the Master in “Cultural Property Protection in Crisis Response”; Member of the scientific committee of the Master in “Patrimonio Mundial y Proyectos Culturales para el Desarrollo” (in collaboration with the University of Barcelona); Member of the advisory board of the PhD “Technology Driven Sciences: Technologies for Cultural Heritage”, Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND; Member of the National Italian UNESCO Commission’s Assembly. She was also a member of the Board of the “La Venaria Reale” Valorisation Consortium.


Alessia Mariotti, Associate Professor of Economic and Political Geography at Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, from 2014 to 2018 was director of the Center for Advanced Studies on Tourism at the Rimini Campus.


Scientific Network:

Sara Bonini Baraldi, associate professor of Business Administration at University of Turin/DIST

Clara Bocchino, program coordinator Big Data & Transboundary Water Collaboration Southern Africa, SADC TFCA Network Support Coordinator

Tiziana Cuccia, full professor of Political Economy at Università degli Studi di Catania

Vittorio Falletti, professor of Art Economy at Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti di Torino

Guido Guerzoni, researcher in Economic history at SDA Bocconi, Milano

Patrizia Lombardi, full professor of Urban Planning Evaluation and Project Appraisal and deputy rector at Politecnico di Torino

Maurizio Maggi, research director at IRES Piemonte

Alessia Mariotti, associate professor in Economic-Political Geography at  Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna

Massimo Marrelli, professor emeritus of Science of Finance at Federico II University of Naples

Luca Moreschini, Nucleo di valutazione e analisi per la programmazione (NUVAP), at Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri-Dipartimento per le politiche di coesione

Massimiliano Nuccio, research fellow and adjunct professor at University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto

Stefano Piperno, coordinator of the Specialization area on “Public Innovation” at IRES Piemonte

Antonio Paolo Russo, professor of Tourism Geography at Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona (Spagna)

Pier Luigi Sacco, full professor of Economics of Culture at Università IULM, Milano

Carlo Salone, full professor of Economic and Political Geography at University of Turin/DIST

Donatella Saccone, assistant professor in Political Economy, Director of the Graduate Degree in Food Innovation and Management at University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo

Giovanni Signorello, full professor of Economics and Evaluation at Università degli Studi di Catania

Michele Trimarchi, full professor of Public Economics at Università Magna Graecia of Catanzaro

Luca Zan, full professor of Arts Management at Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna

Project Team:


Erica Meneghin, researcher and Heritage and Development Area Project Manager


Andrea Porta, researcher and Culture and Innovation Area Project Manager


Giulia Avanza, researcher and Project Manager for International Projects


Ottavia Arenella, researcher and Project Assistant


Vittoria Brucoli, fundraiser



Fellowships and collaborations:

Elena Ghibaudo, Research and Project fellow, Project Manager at Municipality of Turin, European Funds and Innovation Department

Sheila Sanchez Bergara, Researcher and professor at Ostelea School of Tourism (Barcelona)

Cecilie Smith-Christensen, Expert Advisor for UNESCO World Heritage Sustainable Tourism Program

Siavash Laghai, PhD candidate in Urban Studies, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

Cecilia Mereghetti, Junior Researcher and Credit Analyst at FCA Bank

Sara Cavagnero, Graduate Research, Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma – UNINT