The School of Development Innovation and Change (SDIC) is a non profit association fostering research and education in the fields of international and local development, innovation and change in the economic, political and legal realms.
Since its foundation in 1999, the SDIC, chaired by Professor Gilberto Antonelli, is promoting and coordinating research on local and global development, from the point of view of international cooperation, economics, law, political and social sciences, and keeps fostering academic teaching helping in building professional curricula required by International Agencies and NGOs. The SDIC established in the Academic Year 1999/2000 an international and multidisciplinary Master Programme, the Master in Development Innovation and Change (MiDIC), the first to be taught in English in the University of Bologna.
Among the SDIC activities, it is worth mentioning those pertaining both teaching and research which, following different lines and finalities, contribute to sustain a solid research environment, improving those competencies which are necessary to manage a wide network of contacts at a national and international level, and making it possible to start and manage high-level projects and initiatives focused on deepening knowledge on economics and institutions. Those initiatives are meant to highlight the role that University has to play in building proposals useful to face the major challenges in the context of economic development and globalisation.
The SDIC organised a 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 in 2004. It hosted, besides a number of international practictioners and NGOs’ professionals, the UN Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, UN experts (Alex Costy, Senior Donor Coordinator, UNSCO, Jerusalem; Mukesh Kapila, Senior Advisor, WHO; Margareta Wahlstrom, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, UNOCHA, New York), Academics such as Professors Conforti, Garonna, Quadrio Curzio, representatives of public administrations and private organisations (Emilia-Romagna Region, Fondazione Carisbo). 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.
The SDIC takes part in a number of funded projects in the fields of local, national and international development. From 2008 SDIC started to be involved in the Project “A theoretical foundation of economic development policies in mountain areas: territorial unions between market failures and systemic failures” funded by Carisbo Foundation. From 2005 to 2010 SDIC was involved in the Project “Evaluation ex-ante, in itinere, ex-post of development projects on the Appennines in the Province of Bologna”, funded by Carisbo Foundation. It aims at evaluating projects focusing on the economic development of mountain areas in the Province of Bologna, both by applying most recent evaluation methodologies, and by providing a solid research framework suitable to support the identification of most fruitful and effective interventions and the proposal of suitable policy lines. The development projects are co-funded by Carisbo Foundation in the framework of wider agreements involving several actors, both Public Administrations at different levels (Emilia-Romagna Region, Province of Bologna, Associations Municipalities), and private organisations (trade unions, Chamber of Commerce). The targeted objectives are selected in order to support the creation of conditions to start and sustain a process of economic development and requalification of economic activities in mountain areas. In particular they take into account infrastructure improvement, alternative energy production, sustainable tourism, safeguard of those environmental and cultural specificities which allow to refer to the mountain as a resource in itself, instead as progressively depopulating and marginal area. The evaluation project involves several senior and young researchers, and scholarships for research activities in the field are granted to involved Phd students.
In the framework of research activities funded in 2006, SDIC is involved in the “1st Human Capital Project” promoted by IRER (Regional Institute of Research Lombardia) on behalf of the Lombardia Region on the subject “Improvement of the model of human capital”.
The PhD Programme in European Law, formerly in Economics and Institutions, supports research activities on different levels of governance in the management of economic development, structural change, market regulation and public policies, knowledge economy and human capital. The Phd Programme promotes a solid approach towards internalisation of its activities, training young researchers on the themes of interactions between economics and institutions, in projects of development at a local, national and international level. Moreover, the University of Bologna started a new PhD Programme in European Law and Economics. The SDIC contributes to the Phd Programmes by funding grants to promising Phd students.
Since SDIC’s foundation, its researchers take active part into National Research Programs, Italian Ministry of Research (MIUR) Inter-University Research Programs (PRIN – Progetti di Ricerca di Interesse Nazionale), contributing to develop a solid research network. Italian University structures involved are, besides the Department of Economics of the University of Bologna, the Department of Information Science, Management and Automation Engineering, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona; Department of Law, University of Lecce; Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara; Department of Economics and Management, University of Padova; Department of Economics, Universiy of Trento. Further contributions come from the Centre for Research on Economic Analysis, International Economics and Economic Developoment CRANEC), of the Catholic University of Milan, and from the Department of Economics, Institutions and Territory, University of Ferrara. The most recent Programs are “Fragmentation and local development: interpretative models and policy implications” started in 2005, “Dynamic capabilities between firm organization and local systems production” (2003-2005), and “Infrastructures, competitiveness and government levels: knowledge & development of the New Economy”, ended in 2003.
LINK International Workshop on Innovation and Inequality “The multi-dimensional nature of inequality – The impact of social, legal and economic innovations” (University of Bologna, 21st and 22nd of June 2018)
Reasearch Project and Summer Scool on Innovation, Institutional Change and Intellectual Property Rights (University of Bologna, 3rd -10th of September, 2018). For futher information download the brochure