Giovanni Pieretti is Professor at the University of Bologna
(scientific sector SPS/10, "Sociologia dell'ambiente e del
He is the Scientific Coordinator of Ce.P.Ci.T. (Centro Studi sui Problemi della Città e del Territorio) at the University of Bologna since 2009.
He is the president of Comunitalia. He was a member of the Commissione di indagine e studio sulla povertà e l'emarginazione, coordinated by Giovanni Sarpellon. He was also member of the following committees: Commissione Segretariato Sociale (RAI), Commissione di Studio in materia di sostanze stupefacenti (Ministry of Health), Comitato Scientifico dell'Osservatorio permanente sulle Tossicodipendenze (Ministry of Work), Commissione Cinema (Ministry of Cultural Heritage).
He is the vicepresident of ICEA, Istituto per la Certificazione Etica ed Ambientale.
He is associate member of the CNR-ITC of Milan (since 2017).
He was the Director of the Department of Sociology "Achille
Ardigò" since November 2008. He was appointed Director of the
Department of Sociology and Business Law in January 2012 (as a
result of the departmental aggregation process of Bologna
University) until May 2015.
He was the national coordinator of Sociologia del Territorio
Section in the AIS (Associazione Italiana di Sociologia) from
September 2007 to September 2010.
His research interests are mainly focused on the study of
territory and environment, with particular attention to urban
changes and the issues about urban sprawl, periurban areas and
città diffusa. Other research topics are the forms of
social disease and marginalization (poverty and drug addiction),
and the study of subordinate cultures in the city ("culture of
As regards international activity, he took part in the
International Invitational Consultation of Eranid (European
Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs), which was held in Lisbon
on October 1-2, 2014; he was present on behalf of the Department
for Anti-Drug Policies (Presidency of the Council of Ministers). He
is a member of LH Forum Scientific Committee. He coordinated a
research project about urban poverty and welfare policies, promoted
by the European Commission in the "Poverty 3" programme. He also
coordinated the following European projects: Testa e
piedi (about extreme poverty) and Il sogno di
Vladimir (about the connection between extreme poverty
He was the Scientific Director of the Course Operare con
le persone senza dimora, organized by San Marcellino
Association in Genoa from 2001. He collaborates with FIOPSD
(Federazione Italiana degli organismi delle Persone senza
Dimora), and he is a member of the Editorial Committee of
Tra, the FIOPSD review.
He is also a member of the Editorial Committee of the journals
Salute e prevenzione and Studi di Sociologia.
He was the Director of the Urban and Rural
Sociology Series and the journal "Sociologia urbana e rurale" for Franco Angeli publishing.