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Aura Reggiani

Full Professor

Department of Economics

Academic discipline: SECS-P/02 Economic Policy


Aura Reggiani's research is mainly devoted to the analysis and modelling of spatial-economic systems, at both the static and the dynamic level, with particular reference to the issue of complex networks. This study forms also the basis for the elaboration of evaluation techniques and related economic policy scenarios. In this context, the research themes of Aura Reggiani can be summarized as follows:

- Complex networks

- Evolutionary theories and (non-linear) dynamic models

- Connectivity networks and Zipf's theory

- Resilience and vulnerability of socio-economic and transport systems

- Spatial interaction models (at both the static and the dynamic level)

- Behavioural choice models

- Transport models and the value of time

- Empirical applications to spatial-economic systems

- Project evaluation and economic policy scenarios


Aura Reggiani's current research is mainly oriented to the exploration of interdisciplinary aspects in order to analyse the evolution of complex networks. Her research themes can be briefly described as follows:

- Theoretical-methodological study of the relationships between behavioural network complexity and ‘topological' network complexity in a spatial-economic system, by means of the analysis and elaboration of non-linear dynamic models.

-  Analysis of the spatio-temporal interrelations – in a socio-economic network – between spatial interaction, interconnectivity, and evolutionary complexity, by considering the various network topologies, for the different economic activities.

-  Economic significance of the interrelationships between Zipf's law/the rank-size rule, connetività and network topologies/typologies.

-  Resilience, vulnerability and network criticality.

- Analysis of a possible methodological framework able to unify the different disciplinary perspectives (spatial-economic theories, network theories), at both the static and the dynamic level.

- Study of the accessibility function for the various network typologies, by means of different (dis)utility/impedance forms to mobility/connectivity.

-  Empirical applications, with reference to the (spatial) evolution of the transport and labour markets.

-  Evaluation tools (e.g. by means of multicriteria analysis), sensitivity analyses, and studies of related economic policy scenarios.


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