3rd AISRe Summer School
Centre and periphery in a post-COVID world: challenges and opportunities
4-8 July 2022, L’Aquila, Italy

Associazione Italiana di Scienze Regionali (AISRe), the Italian Section of the ERSA, is delighted to announce the 3rd edition of its Summer School, organized jointly with the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) on the topic “Centre and periphery in a post-COVID world: challenges and opportunities”. The school will be held from 4 to 8 July 2022 at GSSI (L’Aquila). Postgraduate students and early career researchers with less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience are invited to submit an application.

Objectives and themes

The Summer School will focus on the new challenges and opportunities deriving from the recent pandemic crisis. A particular attention will be paid to the dichotomy centre vs. peripheral areas and their peculiarities. The goal of the Summer School is to provide young researchers with an overview on a wide range of topics from both a theorical and a methodological perspective. The topics include:

  • The impact of Covid-19 on central and peripheral areas (and their resilience)
  • Smart-working, commuting and digitalisation
  • Sustainability and green-transition
  • Policy evaluation methods (in particular of the national recovery and resilience plans)

Structure of the Program

Each topic will be developed via lectures, seminars and tutorials with the following daily timetable:

  • 9.00-12.00: lecture
  • 14.00-16.00: lecture/seminar/tutorial
  • 16.30-18.30: students’ presentations

Confirmed senior scholars with high reputation on the topics of the Summer School will deliver lectures, while experts will conduct seminars and tutorial sessions. All presentations will be in English.
A Meet the editors section will be organized with the participation of Alessandra Faggian, Simona Iammarino,
Ezio Micelli, Sandro Montresor, Mark Partridge and Ugo Rossi.


  • The impact of Covid-19 on central and peripheral areas (and their resilience): Mark Partridge (The Ohio State University), Marco Modica (GSSI), Augusto Cerqua (Università la Sapienza di Roma), and Maria Giovanna Brandano (GSSI)
  • Smart-working, commuting and digitalisation: Alessandra Faggian (GSSI), Giulia Urso (GSSI), and Andrea Ascani (GSSI)
  • Sustainability and green-transition: Sandro Montresor (GSSI), Simona Iammarino (LSE), and Fabiano Compagnucci (GSSI)
  • Policy implementation and evaluation (in particular of the national recovery and resilience plans): Guido De Blasio (Bank of Italy), Claudio Detotto (Università della Corsica), and Alessandro Palma (GSSI).

Local Organizing Committee

Alessandra Faggian (Co-ordinator)
Maria Giovanna Brandano, Gran Sasso Science Institute
Marco Modica, Gran Sasso Science Institute

Scientific Committee

Roberta Capello (Politecnico di Milano); Cristina Bernini (Università di Bologna); Marusca De Castris (Università degli Studi Roma Tre); Maria Giovanna Brandano (GSSI); Alessandra Faggian (GSSI), Fregolent Laura (Università IUAV di Venezia), Patrizia Lattarulo (IRPET); Ilaria Mariotti (Politecnico di Milano); Marco Modica(GSSI), Rosanna Nisticò (Università della Calabria); Andrea Omizzolo (EURAC); Guido Pellegrini (Università di Roma La Sapienza); Giovanni Perucca (Politecnico di Milano); Davide Piacentino (Università di Palermo); Vincenzo Provenzano (Università di Palermo); Elena Ragazzi (IRCrES – CNR); Francesca Silvia Rota (IRCrES – CNR); Domenico Scalera (Università del Sannio).

How to participate

Postgraduate students and early career researchers with less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience, from universities and research centres can apply to this call. Candidates must send their CV (Europass format, maximum 5 pages), an abstract of a research project/paper on which they are currently working (maximum 2,000 words) and a reference letter. The selection committee will evaluate the applications based on the documentation submitted.

Candidates have to send their application by April 22nd May 6th 2022, to the following email address: summerschool.aisre2022@gssi.it

In the object of the email, please specify “NAME OF THE CANDIDATE – Application to the AISRe summer school”.

A maximum of 30 candidates will be selected for participation, and they will receive an email notification by May 1st, 2022.

The participation to the summer school is subject to the payment of a fee of 250 Euros. The fee includes accommodation, lunches, coffee breaks and an organized excursion to Rocca Calascio. Travel and dinners are not included.

Participants are also required to be individual members of AISRe. The participation fee of the summer school does not include individual membership to the association. Individual membership has a cost of 130 Euros, reduced to 65 Euros for young researchers (aged under 35 years). AISRe membership also includes:

  • A subscription to Scienze Regionali (Italian Journal of Regional Science) for the following calendar year (https://www.mulino.it/riviste/issn/1720-3929);
  • the volumes of the Regional Science Series (FrancoAngeli) published during the business year;
  • the registration to the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), which includes an online subscription to the journals Papers in Regional Science and Regional Science Policy & Practice for the following calendar year;
  • the opportunity to pay a reduced fee at the annual conferences of the international associations: European Regional Science Association (ERSA) (www.ersa.org) and Regional Science Association International (RSAI) (https://regionalscience.org/).

At the end of the event, those who will have attended all the days of the summer school will receive a certificate of attendance.

At present, the summer school is expected to take place in presence. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we cannot exclude that classes will have to be held remotely. A final decision on this aspect will be communicated to all participants by June 1st, 2022.

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