GESI’s impact on ‘inner areas’

The field research conducted by Gesi researchers throughout Italy is constantly attracting public attention. This newspaper article also suggests that our presence in the ‘inner areas’ is highly valued, as many residents see our interviews as an opportunity to be heard, and to boost the visibility of their living environment.

Field researches GESI

GESI researchers from both Milan and Catania units are now conducting field researches on the so called ‘inner areas‘ of several Italian regions. In particular, the interviews to key informants and individual inhabitants are being taken in Sicilia, Calabria, Puglia, Marche, Piemonte, and Lombardia.

This short news published on the local press suggests that our presence has been noticed and appreciated!


GESI hosted a section on inequality and regional socio-economic cleavages at the annual STOREP Conference. The event was chaired and organized by Francesca Tosi from the University of Bologna and featured contributions from the GESI researchers. Maurizio Avola and Giorgio Piccitto presented their research on occupational change and geographical inequality in Italy, highlighting the disparities between marginal and central areas. Nazareno Panichella and Stefano Cantalini discussed how geographical marginality impacts returns to education. Giulia Dugar, Roberto Impicciatore, and Francesca Tosi explored the effects of central and marginal areas on home-leaving age patterns and the transition to adulthood in Italy. Rocco Molinari delved into the role of Italian cities as “escalator regions” and their influence on geographical mobility and occupational achievement. Gianfranco Viesti from the University of Bari provided valuable insights as the discussant, enriching the overall discussion.