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 four: the models for the management of cultural heritage, with a specific reference to the economic dimension of development and to UNESCO related program; the production of culture and cultural innovation, with attention to the new markets and professions; tourism connected with tangible and intangible heritage, creative industries and productive areas; sustainable development, focusing on UNESCO’s programs and on the relationship between cultural/natural heritage and sustainability.

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 ReSecretary 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 BorrionePresident and 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. She is also adjunct professor of New technologies for cultural heritage and activities at IULM.

Programme Managers

Erica Meneghin
Heritage Area

Architect, PhD in Architectural and Landscape Heritage at the Politecnico of Turin, MA in World Natural Heritage Management at Trentino School of Management (Trento). She worked as researcher in management plans of several cultural institutions and UNESCO sites.

Andrea Porta
Tourism and Sustainability Area

PhD candidate in Tourism and Geography at the Rovira i Virgili University, MA in Sustainable Development, BA in Economics of Culture at the University of Turin. He has international professional experience in strategic planning and project management in the field of sustainable development, economics of culture and tourism.

Giulia Avanza
International Projects

MA in Economics and Management for Arts and Culture from Bocconi University (Milan) and a Diploma in International Cooperation and Development from ISPI (Milan), she has experience in cultural cooperation abroad. In Italy she worked on applied research projects for several public cultural institutions.


Researchers – special projects


Antonia Iero
Training and Capacity Building Programmes

Gloria Lentini
Project Design

Elena Abbate

Sara Passarella
Public relations and Fundraising


Luisa Minero
Administrative and Financial Manager

Fellowships and collaborations:

Sheila Sanchez Bergara, Martina Bertolusso, Laura Brambilla, Carol Cardile, Sara Cavagnero, Cecilie Smith-Christensen, Francesca Crugnola, Francesca Ingrosso, Siavash Laghai, Cecilia Mereghetti, Sabrina Montanari, Agnese Mussatti, Alessia Naccarato, Meeza Ubaid.

Scientific coordination:
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. 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).
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.  Graduated in Law at University of Turin, he holds a PhD in Administrative Law at University of Milan.
Martha Mary Friel
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.
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 where she currently acts as President.
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.
Giovanna Segre
Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Economics and Statistics “Cognetti De Martiis” of the University of Turin where she holds the UNESCO Chair in “Economics of culture and heritage” and is vice-director Master in “Cultural Property Protection in Crisis Response”. She was board member of the “La Venaria Reale” Valorisation Consortium.