Workshop for Young Scholars

On May 8th, we have reserved a special program exclusively for PhD candidates and Young Scholars!

This dedicated day offers a unique opportunity to participate in a specialized workshop on research methods. Attendees will engage in discussions about potential advancements in their ongoing projects, exploring cutting-edge methodologies in an informal and interactive setting.

Federico Martellozzo, Filippo Randelli, Giuseppe Danese, Milad Abbasiharofteh, and Shira Fano are the confirmed speakers on this day.

Federico Martellozzo and Filippo Randelli will speak about “GIS and spatial statistics for socio-economic research”.

Federico Martellozzo is an Associate Professor of Economic Geography and GIS at University of Florence and a committed researcher to environmental and social-economic equality and policy development issues. His research interests fall within the broad field of environmental humanities and could be characterized as Social-Ecological Systems’ Sustainability. He is interested in the study of the human/environment interaction over space and time, particularly in regards of the complex global environmental change. He has a consolidated international research experience.

Filippo Randelli is Associate Professor in Economic Geography at the University of Florence. Since 2016 he is Director of the Study Abroad program “Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Justice in Italy” for the Hecua (Higher Educational Consortium of Urban Affairs) consortium of American Universities. He carried out research on sustainable tourism, economic geography, spatial analysis, and the transition towards the sustainability, with several papers published on Italian and international journals. Since 2010 he is in the board of the Society of Geographical Studies, and he is Director of the GIS Laboratory.

Giuseppe Danese will speak about “Rethinking clusters … through experiments. A brainstorming session”.

He is a researcher in the Department of Economics and Management “Marco Fanno” at the University of Padua, Italy. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Before joining the University of Padua, he served as a lecturer in the Philosophy, Politics & Economics Program at the University of Pennsylvania and as a postdoc at Católica Porto Business School. His current research focuses on adaptation to climate change and sustainable value chains. His research can be found at, and he blogs at

Milad Abbasiharofteh will speak about “The Application of Archetypal Analysis in Economic Geography and Transition Studies Research”.

He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economic Geography at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. His research interests intersect technological change, innovation policy, and regional development. Dr. Abbasiharofteh elucidates how regions can cultivate innovation and steer sustainability transitions through complex knowledge networks. Leveraging machine learning tools, he analyzes firms’ web texts, offering insights to identify and map longitudinal trajectories of regions towards a green and digital transition.

Shira Fano will speak about “An Introduction to Text Analysis for Economics and Management”.

She is currently a researcher at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Trento. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and a PhD in Economics and Finance from Bocconi University in Milan, obtained in 2016. Her research interests include microeconometrics and program evaluation applied to public policy and firm dynamics. In recent years, she has focused on the use of textual and unconventional data for economic analysis.