I am an associate professor at the Faculty of Political
Science, University of Bologna, Italy, where I presently teach
Public Policy and Particpatory Democracy. I have taught courses (in
Italian, English and French) on negotiation and deliberation for
universities, public administrations and private firms, including
the University of Sofia, Bulgaria (1999), University Autonoma of
Barcellona, Spain (2000), University of Sydney, Discipline of
Government and International Relations, Australia (Winter School
I am member of the boards of several journals (Rivista
Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche, Policy and Society,
Irish Journal of Public Policy).
From October 2008 to march 2013 I was 'Participation
Authority' by the Assembly of tyhe Tuscany Region on the basis of
regional law no. 69 of 2007 on citizen engagement.
Since 2011 I am president of the Italian Association for Public
My main research interests are in the fields of public
administration, public policies, environmental policy, sustainable
development, environmental education and, more recently, road
safety policies, deliberative democracy. He has published two books
on Italian environmental policy (Governare l'ambiente.
Attori e processi della politica ambientale, Il Mulino,
Bologna, 1997; Il controllo degli inquinamenti delle acque:
l'attuazione di una politica pubblica, Quaderni ISAP Saggi,
Giuffré, Milan, 1986, pp. 194) and co-authored a third with B.
Dente, P. Knoepfel, S. Mannozzi e S. Tozzi (Il controllo
dell'inquinamento atmosferico in Italia: analisi di una politica
regolativa, Officina Edizioni, Rome, 1984, pp. 254). He has
authored and co-authored a number of contributions to Italian
journals and of chapters dealing with Italy in in volumes in
English and Italian.
I live in the city of Bologna and cycle daily to work
defying high levels of pollution and dangerous vehicle traffic.