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Research fields

Research at DBSV - Biotechnology and Life sciences

The research focus of the Dipartimento di Biotecnologia e scienze della vita – DBSV concerns the well-being of humans, animals and the environment. In particular, the Biological Sciences and Technologies Section promotes innovative strategies in the most advanced sectors of industrial, biomedical, diagnostic, animal, plant, microbial, cellular and molecular biology and biotechnology also aimed at the production of goods and services, while the Medical and Surgical Sciences Section carries out clinical and research activities with the aim of improving the patient’s well-being.

Research at DiDEC - Law, Economics and Cultures

The Dipartimento di Diritto, economia e culture – DiDEC pursues scientific purposes of a multi and inter-disciplinary nature thanks to the particularity of its training offer which, unique in Italy, allows to combine the studies in law with those of economic problems and those of interlinguistic and intercultural mediation, favoring mutual integration.
In particular, the Department aims to ensure, both in terms of research and in terms of training, the comparative and integrated study of social phenomena, analyzed in their normative, cultural and socio-economic meaning, as well as in the linguistic expression in which they manifest themselves, with specific attention to historical evolution and to the social contexts in which they are inserted.

The cooperation between different sectors has already produced appreciable positive results in the short life of this Department. In particular, it was possible to connect the study of multilingualism to the needs of economics and business and the study of coexistence and integration between different legal systems, cultures, languages ​​and religions to that of the mechanisms for resolving conflicts and disputes, with attention to procedural, mediation-conciliation and reparative mechanisms.

Constitutionalism in Illiberal Democracies

The area addresses, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the issue of fundamental rights, in relation both to the debate about their foundation and protection in the frame of present globalized societies.
This area also focuses on the question of legal pluralism, characterized by the coexistence and competition among different (state and non-state) normative systems whose accommodation requires the experience of conciliatory and transformative methods. At this regard, the work of REDESM, CeSGReM and FEDAL research centres is particularly relevant.
It is in this context that the activity of the UNESCO Chair ( on the "Gender Equality and Women's rights in the multicultural society" takes place. The Chair aims to underline the paradigmatic role of women rights, at the centre of the debate on legal pluralism and the clash between different legal traditions.

Alessandro Ferrari
Elena Catalano
Stella Coglievina
Elisabetta D’Amico
Cristina Danusso
Giorgio Grasso
Valentina Jacometti
Sergio Lazzarini
Paolo Lepore
Gabriella Mangione
Grazia Mannozzi
Stefano Marcolini
Marco Migliorini
Chiara Perini
Cristina Reale
Adrian Renteria Diaz
Gilda Ripamonti

Environment, Tourism and Territory

In the economic-legal area, particular importance is given to issues concerning the legal protection of environment, the enhancement of the territory and the implementation of qualitative and quantitative tools for the evaluation of current economic policies, particularly in times of crisis.
In this scenario, the departmental research in this area focuses on the close relationship between sustainability and environment understood both from naturalistic, cultural, economic and legal points of view.
Finally, particular attention is increasingly paid to the study of climate change and the development of appropriate legal instruments (at international, European and national levels) to develop suitable policies for mitigating the phenomenon, as well as for adapting the concerned territories. Particularly relevant, in this regard, the work of the POLAMB Research Center.

Barbara Pozzo
Maurizio Cafagno
Giorgio Grasso
Valentina Jacometti
Carmela Leone
Paolo Lepore
Chiara Perini

Multilingualism, Cultural Heritage, Institutions

DiDEC is renowed for a tradition of studies on legal multilingualism, both from the point of view of legal translation within the European Union, and from the point of view of the interrelations and clash between different legal cultures. The activity of the Interuniversity Centre for Research in Comparative Law is carried out within this context.
Particular attention is also dedicated, in connection with the research on "Fundamental Rights", to the study of multiculturalism of religious matrix and of the relationships between state and confessional systems in the perspective of an increasingly pluralistic Mediterranean space. The contribution of the Research Centers, which are part of DiDEC (in particular REDESM), and the initiatives developed within the Course on Development Education (sponsored by UNICEF and the University) are also relevant in this area.

Francesca Ruggieri
Elena Catalano
Marta Cenini
Sebastiano Citroni
Valentina Jacometti
Geo Magri
Grazia Mannozzi
Stefano Marcolini
Marco Migliorini
Gilda Ripamonti

People, Business and Markets

The Area brings together different lines of research, all however focused on the person, in both its natural and, above all, legal configuration. Particular attention is given to economics and rights in the Mediterranean area, public and private governance, public contracts and the fashion and textile sector, in a comparative perspecive, too. In this regard, the work of the Research Center for Customs Law and International Trade is particularly relevant.

Silvia Marino
Paolo Bertoli
Maurizio Cafagno
Sebastiano Citroni
Elisabetta Codazzi
Stella Coglievina
Giuseppe Colangelo
Flavia Cortelezzi
Paolo Duvia
Maria Dominique Feola
Francesca Ferrari
Umberto Galmarini
Francesca Ghirga
Valentina Jacometti
Carmela Leone
Lucia Lopez
Gabriella Mangione
Marco Migliorini
Roberta Minazzi
Alessandro Motto
Andrea Morone
Alessandro Panno
Chiara Perini
Giuseppe Porro
Fabrizio Vismara

Research at DiECO - Economics

The research activity of the Dipartimento di Economia – DiECO revolves around the economic, business, legal and mathematical-statistical disciplines that characterize the educational offer of the Department itself.
In the autonomy of the individual scientific areas, the possibility of interdisciplinary comparisons in various research areas represents an important resource whose validity has been tested in the didactic field and which is progressively enhanced also in the research field.

Research at DMC - Medicine and Surgery

The research activity of the Dipartimento di Medicina e chirurgia – DMC is mainly focused on the study of oncological diseases, cardiovascular diseases, neuro- and immunopharmacology; the activity is divided into research centers and focused research groups that carry out their research on specific topics in which professors and researchers from other departments and other universities participate, ensuring the integration and construction of common projects. In all these areas a strong interaction emerges between basic sciences and clinical sciences, an interaction that represents an important strength for the development of innovative research programs of national and international relevance.

Research at DiSAT - Science and High technology

The Dipartimento di Scienza e alta tecnologia - DiSAT pursues the goal of harmonizing basic research with applied research, basing its raison d'être on a unified vision of scientific and technological research. The Department was created around the idea of combining hard sciences, or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in a single research environment, without neglecting contributions from other disciplines, with the idea of promoting interdisciplinary research and to train students with a global scientific vision. Furthermore, this choice allowed us to be able to count on the advantages of scale usually possible only in large universities, without losing the agility of a small structure.
The research areas are represented by four Sections: Environment-Health-Safety-Territory, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics.

Research at DiSTA - Theoretical and Applied sciences

The research activities of the Dipartimento di Scienze teoriche e applicate - DiSTA are developed around three Sections: Environment, Computer Science and Humanities.
In the current context of globalization and internationalization, among the most innovative and peculiar aspects of the research activity of the Department - in parallel with the advancement of each single subject area - there are consequently the richness of the research topics of the teachers and the tendency to create virtuous multidisciplinary paths also open to numerous and fruitful national and international collaborations, often integrated with teaching activities.

Research at DiSUIT - Human sciences and Sciences of the innovation for the territory

The primary vocation of the Dipartimento di Scienze umane e dell'innovazione per il Territorio – DiSUIT is to integrate scientific research and the needs of the Como and Varese territories. Through an interdisciplinary approach which constitutes its essential feature, DiSUIT favors the ability to determine positive effects on society, also thanks to the funding it has been able to attract from various entities such as MIUR (the italian Ministry for Education, University and Research), the Volta Foundation and the CARIPLO Foundation.

Art History

The research in the field of Art History includes the period from the Middle Ages to the contemporary age, privileging the study of the Artists of the Lombard-Swiss Lakes, who were active not only locally, but also nationally, in Europe and overseas.

Andrea Spiriti
Laura Facchin

Geological and Biological sciences

The lines of research in this area aim to investigate the relationships between tectonics, magmatism and volcanism and deal with the study of the developmental habitat of animal and plant organisms and their relationships in natural situations.

Roberta Bettinetti

Federico Aligi Pasquaré Mariotto

Historical and Anthropological Studies

The research in the historical field is chiefly concerned with the study of European history from the modern to the contemporary age. In the area of modernist studies, the study of social, intellectual and religious history is privileged, the latter being investigated especially with regard to Jewish-Christian relations. The contemporary area focuses on the transformation and persistence of elements of the Old Regime in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on the one hand, and on the history of Europe in the context of global relations in the 20th and 21st centuries on the other, with particular attention to the role played by local authorities in the process of European integration. Moreover, in the field of historical sciences, there are studies in demoethnoanthropological disciplines concerning the anthropology of art and the art of Insulindia and Oceania. In this area research revolves around also photography in exoticism and primitivism in 20th-century art.

Francesco Paolo Campione

Fabio Zucca

Giorgio La Rosa

Paolo Luca Bernardini
Elisa Bianco

Law and Economics

The lines of research of these disciplines range from the historical aspects of law, in particular Roman law, to more current issues such as human rights and business organisation.

Paola Biavaschi

Giuseppe d’Elia

Valter Castelnovo

Linguistic, Philological and Literary Studies

The research lines of this area include several disciplines, which belong to two macro-areas, the linguistic, historical and literary studies related to the Italian language, and the studies of the European and extra-European languages that are that are represented at the Department. In the linguistic area, various lines of research focus on diachronic linguistics, synchronic linguistics, applied linguistics and philology.
In the literary area, the Department's research revolves around perspectives related to textual criticism and interpretation, literary history and comparative studies. Furthermore, there are studies on the theory and practice of literary and specialised translation and on language teaching.

Andrea Sansò
Giulio Mario Facchetti
Francesco Ciconte
Francesca Moro

Gianmarco Gaspari

Maria Nieves Arribas Esteras

Paola Baseotto
Alessandra Vicentini
Daniel Russo

Maria Paola Bissiri

Mathematical and Chemical Sciences

The lines of research of this field are mainly focused on the following fields:

  • numerical linear algebra and its applications in the study of techniques for solving linear systems arising from various integro-differential problems;
  • the development of analytical procedures for the characterization of historical and artistic artifacts, as well as the design of innovative methods for restoration.

Stefano Serra Capizzano
Mariarosa Mazza

Laura Rampazzi

Philosophical and Pedagogical Studies

The research in the field of philosophical studies extends in several lines of investigation. In the field of Theoretical Philosophy major topical issues cover areas such as the philosophical implications of the possible discovery of extraterrestrial life and the role of science fiction in the perception of science. In the field of Aesthetics, research is conducted on the one hand in the area of Aesthetics in Social Languages, a field in which aesthetic reflection meets with art and philosophy; on the other hand, in the area of German-language Aesthetics with particular attention to the image. The departmental research also presents a line of research related to the pedagogical field, in which the study of methods and tools aimed at the design of educational experiences is accompanied by research aimed at the field of disability and specific educational needs.

Stefano Bonometti

Micaela Latini

Pierre Dalla Vigna

Paolo Musso

Political and Social Sciences

The field of Political and Social Sciences includes historical research lines that investigate political symbolism, with particular focus on the period of the French Revolution and the Jacobin period, in addition to research that investigates ideas and legal political institutions of the late Middle Ages.
Moreover, research in this field involves the reflection on individual rights and exercise of sovereignty in relation to the phenomenon of globalisation and the introduction of new technologies.

Paolo Bellini

Luca Daris

Mario Conetti

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