Full Professor of Applied Economic Studies, University of Ferrara; Director of C.MET05 – National University Centre for Applied Economic Studies (University of Venice, Florence, Ferrara, Ferrara, Naples, Marche, Udine); Director of EmiliaLab – The Emilia-Romagna University Network of Economic Studies Departments (Ferrara, Parma, Modena, Reggio Emilia, Piacenza, Bologna); Director of the China and Italy School of Policy; University of Cambridge Clare Hall Fellow; Guest Honorary Professor at South China University of Technology, China; Secretary General of SIEPI – The Italian Society of Industrial Economics and Policy, Italy; Co-Director of Industry – Review of Industrial Economics and Policy, il Mulino; Chairman of the Scientific Board of ART-ER, Emilia Romagna Development Agency.
He studied in Italy and the United Kingdom. He has been Visiting Professor in China (South China University of Technology), in the USA (University of California Los Angeles), in the United Kingdom (University of Cambridge). He focused on his research activity in: International Industry, Industrial Policy, Local Development, SMEs and Clusters, Chinese Economy and Industry. He has collaborated with Italian and foreign universities, specialized research centers, international institutions (UNIDO, CEPAL, UNDP, OECD) and national and local governments. He has promoted and coordinated research projects in partnership with international networks of academics, universities and institutions. He has actively participated in the debate within the scientific community by presenting his work in seminars, workshops and conferences both in Italy and abroad. His writings have been disseminated and presented nationally and internationally: he is the author and co-author of numerous books and about 140 scientific articles.