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Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies

The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) is a public university institute with special autonomy. It offers an excellent multi-disciplinary environment for learning and research in applied sciences and social sciences – Economics and Management, Law, Political Science, Forestry and Biotechnology, Medicine, Engineering. In the THE World University Rankings 2018-2019, Sant’Anna ranked 1st in Italy and 9th in the world ranking of best young universities (under 50).


The Institute of Law, Politics and Development (DIRPOLIS)

conducts innovative research offering a comprehensive and evidence-based analysis of key legal, social, economic and political phenomena. Its main areas of expertise are comparative law and new technologies, fundamental and human rights protection, integrity, sustainability, multi-level governance, conflict management, law of non-profit organizations. Within DIRPOLIS, the International and Comparative Law Research Lab (LIDER-Lab), which coordinates reCreating Europe, leads the research in the field of law and technologies, with a major focus on intellectual property, privacy, fundamental rights protection, civil liability, insurance and health law.


The Institute of Economics

carries out research and training activities in the field of empirical and theoretical economics. The main lines of research include: (i) the economics of innovation, studying how innovations are generated and their impact at the micro, meso and macro levels; (ii) the connection between intellectual property rights and inventive and creative activities; (iii) micro and macro agent-based models, with particular attention to the patterns of economic change driven by the introduction and diffusion of new technologies; (iv) economic history with a special focus on long run growth and major economic discontinuities. Despite its small size, the Institute has achieved important results in terms of research output, that place it at the second place within the Economics Departments in Italy (ANVUR), and in the top 5% among European economic institutions (RePEc rankings).



Caterina Sganga

is Associate Professor in Comparative Private Law at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa). Her main areas of expertise are European and international copyright law, IP and human rights and IP and access to knowledge. Prior to joining Sant’Anna, she was Assistant and then Associate Professor of Law at Central European University (CEU) Department of Legal Studies and CEU Business School, post-doctoral research fellow in Intellectual Property at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, and visiting researcher at the Center for Intellectual Property Policy at McGill University (Montreal). Caterina held visiting teaching appointments at the Europa-Kolleg of the University of Hamburg, Maynooth University (Ireland), CEU and the University of Pisa. She is a member of ELI, ATRIP, EPIP and ALPS. Caterina has authored two monographs, several book chapters, and journal articles published, inter alia, on the International Journal for Intellectual Property and Competition law, the European Intellectual Property Law Review, JIPITEC, the Journal for Intellectual Property Law and Practice. Caterina holds a Ph.D. summa cum laude in Private Comparative Law from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (2011), an LL.M. from Yale Law School (2009), and an LL.B. (2004) and J.D. (2006) summa cum laude from University of Pisa, and is licensed to practice in Italy and the New York State. Caterina is fluent in Italian and English, with good working knowledge of French and Spanish, and basic knowledge of Hungarian.


Giovanni Comandé

is Professor of Private Comparative Law at Scuola Superiore S. Anna Pisa, Italy. Phd. SSSA, LLM Harvard Law School, Founder and Director of the LIDER-LAB ( He has been visiting professor at Washington and Lee School of Law, USA (summer 2014); Fordham School of Law, (2012); Université Panthéon Assas Paris II, Faculté de Droit (2007); The Hebrew University (2005); Wake Forrest University School of Law, USA (Fall 2003); Yale Law School (1995), teaching among other topics Comparative Electronic Business Law, and Privacy. He was Jean Monnet  Chair of Human Rights and Remedies for Personal Injuries in European Community Law: An Interdisciplinary Approach (1994-2001). Author of 5 monographs, he has edited or co-edited 13 collective works, published more than 80 articles and notes in major law reviews, and contributed with chapters to collective publications in Italian, English and Spanish. He is currently Consultative Member of the American Law Institute for Information Privacy.


Alessandro Nuvolari

is Professor of Economic History and Director of the Institute of Economics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.  He is a research fellow of CEPR (Centre for Economic Policy Research). He was educated at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, where he received a PhD in Economics. His main research field is the study of the role played by science and technology in the emergence and consolidation of modern economic growth with a particular focus on the Industrial Revolution in England and the early industrialization of Italy. He has also studied the connection between intellectual property rights and inventive and creative activities both in historical and contemporary contexts. His research papers have been published in a wide range of journals including: Economic History Review, Technology and Culture, Industrial and Corporate Change, Explorations in Economic History, Journal of Economic History, Business History Review, Research Policy, Industry & Innovation, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Transactions of the Newcomen Society.


Arianna Martinelli

is Associate Professor in Applied Economics at the Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Social Studies from Bocconi University in Milan, a Msc in Industry and Innovation Analysis from SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) at Sussex University and a Ph.D. in Economics of Technical Change from the Eindhoven University of Technology. She had a similar position at the Friedrich-Schiller-University (Jena, Germany) and spent a visiting period at the Télécom Ecole de Management (Paris). Her research interests include the use of IPR data patents as an indicator of innovative activities, the interplay between IPR and technological standardization, the empirical investigation of technological paradigms and trajectories, the internationalization of innovative activities. She published the outcome of her research in highly reputed international journals, such as Research Policy, Journal of Economic Geography, World Development, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, the Journal of Technology Transfers, and the Journal of Evolutionary Economics.


Nicoletta Corrocher

is Lecturer in Applied Economics at Bocconi University and Research Fellow at ICRIOS (Invernizzi Center for Research on Innovation, Organization, Strategy and Entrepreneurship), Bocconi University. She obtained a PhD in Economics and Management of Innovation at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy at SPRU, University of Sussex. Her main research interests concern the diffusion of innovations and industrial dynamics – particularly the in ICT industries, service sectors and digital markets – and the emergence of eco-innovations in the framework of sustainable development. She has published in international journals  such as Research Policy, Regional Studies, Industry and Innovation, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

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