Interuniversity research centres

The Interuniversity Research Centre on “Gender Cultures” responds to the need to expand research activities on gender diversity in daily life, both academic and institutional, and to publish the results of this.

It was set up by six Milanese Universities: University of Milan, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan Polytechnic, IULM, Vita-Salute San Raffaele and Bocconi. Scientific Director: Carmen Leccardi.

It is the largest Italian Research Centre focusing on gender cultures, allowing us to form a network and pool expertise to serve as a hub for Milan and Lombardy, providing information and reflections on areas such as the job market, careers and gender representation in the media.

Contact person: Professor Carmen Leccardi

The Centre’s aim is to promote initiatives supporting social responsibility across companies and institutions. The globalisation of the markets, the crisis of corporate governance mechanisms and financial markets and the question marks surrounding the relationship between companies and society have increased the importance of social responsibility as a governance model for companies and institutions, based on collaborative, fair relations with stakeholders. In order to define and implement such a model, the relationship between ethics and economics must be looked at in great detail.

It’s important to draw on the energy of new generations of academics while at the same time setting our quality criteria for teaching, research and models and tools of intervention, to turn ideas into management systems for companies, organisation and institutions.

As such, EconomEtica – the Interuniversity Research Centre on Ethical Economics and Corporate Social Responsibility – was set up in late November 2004.

During 2015, the Centre worked with the Department to organise a national research project focusing on university governance, via online interviews (CAWI) with Rectors and Department Directors. The results were made available in 2016.

Contact person: Lorenzo Sacconi



The Centre was set up in 2012 by the University of Milano-Bicocca and the Milan Polytechnic.

The Centre is the successor to the City Times Centre, whose activities and purposes it has inherited.

The Centre carries out teaching, research and project consultancy activities on both the national and international levels in the sector of mobility and urban times.

The Centre’s European partners include the University of Grenoble, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Berlin Polytechnic and the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER).

Contact persons: Professors Gabriele Pasqui and Francesca Zajczyk