SDIC - School of Development Innovation and Change


The School of Development Innovation and Change (SDIC) is a non profit Association fostering research in the fields of sustainable local and global development, innovation, structural change, and public policy evaluation, both in less developed and industrialized countries and regions. Moreover it promotes higher education initiatives in the same fields at the different levels.


Many research fellows coming from various Universities joined SDIC activities.

SDIC is directed by an Assembly of 12 academicians: Gilberto Antonelli (University of Bologna), Giulio Cainelli (University of Padova), Stefano D'Addona (University of Roma Tre), Nicola De Liso (University of Salento), Anna Maria Gentili (University of Bologna), Giovanni Guidetti (University of Bologna), Riccardo Leoncini (University of Bologna), Franco Mastragostino (University of Bologna), Anna Montini (University of Bologna), Sandro Montresor (University of Bologna), Alessandro Romagnoli (University of Bologna), Luca Zamparini (University of Salento).

The Board of Directors is formed by: Gilberto Antonelli (President), Anna Maria Gentili, Franco Mastragostino.

Higher education activities

Since its foundation, made official in Bologna on the 11th of February 2000, SDIC fosters higher education teaching on a multidisciplinary basis, helping in building professional curricula needed in local and global development paths, in the fields of economics, law, history, policy, and international cooperation. Moreover, SDIC promotes international cooperation and mobility of lecturers and students through fellowships and research grants. Finally SDIC fosters the creation of relevant skills required by International Agencies, NGOs, private enterprises and public sector.

The main activities in the field of high education are herewith reported

In Academic Year 1999/2000 SDIC launched the first Master course to be taught in English language at the University of Bologna, named School of Development, Innovation and Change (SDIC). After the reform of the Italian University system in 1999, actually enforced in the Academic Year 2000/2001, the course has taken the name of Master in Development Innovation and Change (MiDIC). In the Academic Year 2010/2011 the 12th edition of MiDIC has officially begun. Starting from the Academic Year 2008/2009 the MiDIC has become an International Master course in partnership with the Global Studies program of University of Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), and more recently with the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) of Beijing (China).

Since its foundation SDIC has been cooperating with PhD Program in Law and Economics of University of Bologna. Till XVI edition this PhD Program was named PhD in Economics and Institutions, while the first editions were named PhD in Economic Structures and Behaviours. During the years the PhD Program has developed research topics dealing with strategies and rules of economic policy at different government levels, economic development and structural change, economics of knowledge and human resources, market regulation and public policies, subsidiarity principle and structural evaluation of long-term public policies, with a multidisciplinary approach in order to strengthen the internationalization of its activities. Starting from XXVI edition SDIC cooperates with PhD in European Law curriculum in European Law and Economics of University of Bologna.

Starting from Academic Year 2009/2010 SDIC also cooperates with the PhD School in Local Development and Global Dynamics of University of Trento.

The cooperation with MiDIC and PhD Programs also takes place by funding grants to promising PhD students, able to carry on research activities on key issues concerning the interaction between economics and institutions within development projects, both local, national and international.

Scientific research activities

Since its foundation SDIC has been organising and performing research activities on sustainable local and global development, innovation, structural change, and public policy evaluation in the fields of economics, law, history, policy, and international cooperation.

Main scientific research activities are herewith reported

Round Table on "National Ownership and Transferability of Political, Legal and Economic Institutions in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations: The Role of the United Nations and Academia" (which took place at the University of Bologna on the 4th of November 2004) hosted the UN Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, academic representatives coming from University of Bologna and from other Universities (such as Professors Conforti, Garonna, Quadrio Curzio), UN experts (Alex Costy, Senior Donor Coordinator, UNSCO, Jerusalem; Mukesh Kapila, Senior Advisor, WHO; Margareta Wahlstrom, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, UNOCHA, New York), and representatives of public and private organisations (Emilia-Romagna Region, Carisbo Foundation). The Round Table aimed at sustaining the debate on national specificities and on the transferability of political, legal and economic institutions in conflict and post-conflict contexts, by taking into account both the role of the United Nations and the contribution which could come from University in driving the actions of international organisations and in identifying most suitable and effective solutions.

SDIC takes part in a number of funded projects in the fields of local, national and international development.

From 2005 to 2010 SDIC carried on a Project named "Ex-ante, in itinere and ex-post evaluation of development projects for the Bologna Appennines", promoted by the Carisbo Foundation. It applied most recent evaluation methods to local development policies in mountain areas of the Bologna Province, and provided a solid research framework suitable in supporting the identification of effective and efficient policies and the proposal of suitable guidelines. The development projects were co-funded by Carisbo Foundation in the framework of wider institutional agreements involving several actors, both Public Administrations at different levels (Emilia-Romagna Region, Bologna Province, Associations, Mountain Municipalities), and private organisations. The project evaluation involved several senior and young researchers. Young researchers' activity has been funded through fellowships granted by SDIC.

In the framework of research activities funded in 2006, SDIC was involved in the "1st Human Capital Project" promoted by IRER (Regional Institute of Research of the Lombardia Region) on behalf of the Lombardia Region on the subject "Improvements of the human capital model".

Starting from 2008 SDIC has carried on a Research Project named "Theoretical foundations of economic development policies in mountain areas: territorial unions between market failures and systemic failures" involving junior and senior researchers.

SDIC research fellows has taken active part into National Research Programs (PRIN) of the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR), contributing to develop a solid research network. The Italian University structures involved in these programmes are, besides the Department of Economics of the University of Bologna, the Department of Information Science, Management and Automation Engineering of the Marche Polytechnic University (Ancona), the Department of Law, University of Salento (Lecce), the Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods of the University of Piemonte Orientale (Novara), the Department of Economics of the University of Padova, the Department of Economics of the University of Trento, the Department of Education of University of Verona, the Department of Private Law of the University of Foggia, the Department for Mediterranean Societies Studies of University of Bari.

Further contributions come from the Centre for Research on Economic Analysis, International Economics and Economic Development (CRANEC), of the Catholic University of Milano, the Department of Economics, Institutions and Territory of the University of Ferrara, the Interuniversity Research Center on Public Utilities (CRISP) of Bicocca University of Milano, the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIIR) of the University of Manchester, the Institut für Soziologie of the University Albert-Ludwigs of Freiburg im Breisgau, the Research Center for Law and Economics (RCLE) of China University of Political Science and Law of Beijing.

Relevant cooperations with many experts working in local governments of the Italian regions, in Center- North and South Italy are under way.

SDIC participated to the following PRIN projects: "Globalization, emerging regional powers, and local system of production" (2007-2009); "Fragmentation and local development: Interpretative models and policy implications" (2005-2007); "Dynamic capabilities between firm organization and local systems production" (2003-2005); "Infrastructures, competitiveness and government levels: Knowledge and development of the New Economy" (2001-2003); "New Economy: Firms, systems, local and international economic development" (2001-2003); "Implementing policies of Integrated System: Economics of new training markets and educational organizations" (2000-2002); "Infrastructures, competitiveness, government levels: From Italian economy to European economy (1998-2000).

SDIC address: C/o Studio Busuoli - Via Garibaldi, 1 - 40125 Bologna, Italy

MiDIC - International Master in Development, Innovation and Change

MiDIC is an interdisciplinary University International Master Program, taught in English, aiming at providing education and training in local development and innovation issues; it also proposes periods of training on the field by means of qualified internship opportunities. The Master Course is designed for students planning to pursue careers as experts, consultants, and professionals within local, national and international organisations - private (profit and non profit) and public (administrative and research oriented) - acting in contexts of local development processes, both in developed and in developing or less developed countries.

The MiDIC program is divided into three alternative tracks.

The first track takes place in Bologna and acknowledges 60 credits, 48 credits attached to traditional courses and 12 credits attached to internship.

The second track, called "international track" takes place in Bologna from April to July and from January to March, and in either South Africa or Argentina through the Master in Global Studies (GSP) program of the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg im Breisgau from August to December.

The third track called "China International Track" takes place in Bologna from April to July and from January to March and in the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing from September to December.

More specifically the "international track" students will get 46 credits from the University of Bologna, 24 coming from courses (from April to July - I semester), 12 from internships (from January to March - at the end of international track) and 2 credits from project work; the "international track" students will get 24 credits, choosing from a list of courses offered by each university. The credits acquired at the GSP campuses or at the CUPL of Beijing will be recognized according to a pre-agreed conversion established by the MiDIC academic board. Each selected student for "international track" is recognized the possibility to choose one of the three locations.