Margherita Russo Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia


Affiliation: Modena and Reggio Emilia University

Margherita Russo is Full professor of Economic Policy at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. Her research activities encompass several areas of research, in collaboration with international research teams, with several contributions in peer review journals, books chapters and books published as main author or co-author. Methods include ethnographic research and empirical statistical surveys, complex systems modelling, multilayer network analysis, topic modelling and text mining.

Innovation dynamics, with a focus on the role of inter-firm interrelationships in fostering innovation processes and Innovation policies: analysis and modelling of regional innovation policies, with a focus on the interplay of private and public innovation intermediaries ( Digital transformations and policies to support Industry 4.0 are the core issues of international comparative analyses. With regard to Europe, mapping of RIS3 in EU regions has been undertaken by using new sources of data and producing a tool to query comparative analysis along many socioeconomic dimensions and specific thematic priorities (
Effects of innovation on the organization of labour and on skill requirements, empirical studies on the ceramic tile districts in Italy and Spain; ongoing pilot project on Lamborghini.
Structure and change of local production systems: this research area addresses an array of intertwined feature, such as the emergence of competence networks, the local development policies supporting competition of local production systems and environmental and social sustainable local development.
Industrial studies: several empirical investigations have been undertaken on the mechanical Industry in Italy, the automotive industry in Emilia-Romagna (Italy), the comparative analysis of automotive supply chains. Specific references to these topics are gathered in the website:
Energie Sisma Emilia: a multidimensional analysis of socio-economic and health impacts of the earthquake, aiming at designing informed policies that may improve the effectiveness of the reconstruction process. Results available at A focus on Centre Italy has been developed in Building Back Better: Ideas and pathways for the creation of resilient communities,
Action-research “Officina Emilia”, undertaken in the project of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (2000-2015) to create a teaching and research laboratory promoting active knowledge of the local socio-economic and technological context.

Margherita Russo is expert for the European Commission in Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH). She is representative of Italy in the WPTIP-Working Party on innovation and technology policy of the OECD Committee for scientific and technological policy, Vice Chair of the Oecd-WPTIP Board, and representative of MIUR in the EUSALP – European Union Strategy for Alpine Regions.

About REDI

REDI is a research consortium that includes INGV, INFN, GSSI and UNICAM. Its mission is to contribute to interdisciplinary research-actions, through innovation and training, to boost community disaster preparedness, response and recovery speed.