The prizes for the best doctoral theses were created in 2019 thanks to the collaboration between the Marco Biagi Foundation and funding bodies and represent an important recognition for the thesis work carried out by PhDs on the Course in Work, Development and Innovation


The second edition of the Assodirbank awards saw 6 interesting PhD theses compete.

The committee selected the two winners from these:

Dr Luca Bonacini, Cycle XXXIII, entitled “The cornerstone of individuals’ progression: Rethinking the education after the COVID-19 pandemic’” offers a highly scientific and extraordinarily topical look at the issue of the equity and quality of the Italian education system as a fundamental basis for the intellectual growth of individuals and the economic and social development of a country. In particular, the research focuses on the analysis of the direct and indirect effects that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on educational inequalities and the importance that the widespread availability of ICT tools for the mitigation of such inequalities may assume.

Dr Silvia Fareri, Cycle XXXIII, entitled “The Human Side of Digital Revolution: Text Mining Tools to Face Industry 4.0 Phenomenon”, brilliantly develops the theme of the effects of Industry 4.0 on the workforce. In particular, the paper focuses on the heuristic potential of text mining models and tools to offer companies and policymakers enlightening support in managing this critical phase of labour market transition, in which new knowledge needs are in demand and in which the lack of adequate soft skills in the workforce becomes a restraining element in the diffusion of industrial process automation technologies.


Assodirbank is a cultural association formed in 1994 from the merger of trade unions of bank management staff. The structure of the association is divided into territorial areas and Emilia Romagna currently has 265 active members.

On the final day of the 2019 conference in memory of Marco Biagi, the ‘Assodirbank Awards’ competition was held, in which Assodirbank and BPER Banca offered two prizes worth EUR 1,500 to Unimore PhDs who had completed a PhD in Work, Development and Innovation.

To participate, it was necessary to have discussed the final PhD thesis in the year 2018 or 2019 on one of the following topics: evaluation of public policies, quality of work, inequality in income and wealth distribution, and innovation.

The winners are:

Dr Giovanni Gallo – XXX cycle, author of the thesis “Poverty and policy evaluation: traditional methods and new approaches” which in 4 chapters analysed public policy evaluation trying to highlight whether the rotational design of EU-SILC affects the estimation of social indicators such as income poverty or income inequality

Dr Giulia Tagliazucchi – XXXI cycle, with the thesis “Investigation on Academic spinf-offs’ team composition: three essays on team formation, heterogeneity and growth performance“, who in her paper tried to offer new insights into the relationship between ASO team composition and growth performance.

The examination of the applications received was carried out by a scientific committee made up of Unimore professors who are experts in the disciplines relevant to the awards and representatives of Assodirbank and BPER Banca.


Archimede is an Italian-owned Employment Agency belonging to the Coopservice Group.

Their objective is to support companies in the placement of the best candidates by facilitating the match between supply and demand. The Agency is among the leaders in services dedicated to the development of the labour market, supporting thousands of HR Managers throughout Italy on a daily basis.

In October 2020, the procedures for the awarding of two study prizes worth € ???? were concluded for two doctoral theses discussed in the 31st and 32nd cycles of the PhD Course in Work, Development and Innovation at Unimore.

The evaluation committee composed of a representative of Archimede and some members of the PhD teaching staff awarded the prizes to

Dr Michele Cantarella, cycle XXXII, for his thesis entitled “Changing societies in the post-crash era: essays in political economy”, which analysed the economic-financial situation of the last decade, characterised by globalisation and digitalisation processes, which has led to the acceleration of transformational processes in the socio-economic sphere, shaking the foundations on which modern democracies are built.

Dr Carlotta Favretto, XXXI cycle, for her thesis entitled “From the Joint Employment Standard to Codetermination. The example of Franchising“. Starting from the analysis of enterprise networks, from the point of view of economic and organisational theories, as well as from the point of view of the legal instruments used for the reticular organisation, the doctor’s thesis sought to identify the main emerging problems in terms of worker protection, with a particular focus on hierarchical contractual networks.