Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

Federica Scaffidi



Leibniz Universitat Hannover, Germania

titolo del progetto: Hybrid places of social self-organisation in Italy and Europe

Luoghi ibridi dell'autoorganizzazione sociale. Esperienze alla scala italiana e europea

responsabile scientifico: Ezio Micelli



Cities and regions have often neglected and underused resources.

They are marginal places, generally located in peripheral urban and rural areas.

Today, this trend seems to be reversed by examples of social self-organization that regenerate these resources, creating centers of creativity and innovation.

In Italy and other European countries, a radical change is taking place in asset management. There are new forms of entrepreneurial models aimed at creating social benefits, new economies and cultural activities.

At a regional and municipal level, many innovative regeneration policies and projects have been promoted to foster new forms of social entrepreneurship.

The Bollenti Spiriti” and Boom-Polmoni Urbani” programs in Italy, and the Plan Directorof Valle Salado de ana in Spain are emblematic examples of asset management at the European level. They promote the development of social enterprises and foster territorial innovation.

This visiting professorship project, therefore, aims to promote teaching and research activities aimed at exploring these hybrid places in Italy and other European countries, their entrepreneurial models and effects on the territory.


The project will be developed through the following parts:


Scientific research. Research will be undertaken in Italy to analyze and compare these hybrid places of social self-organization. Qualitative and quantitative research methods will be adopted, with exploratory and dialogic surveys, and semi-structured and unstructured interviews. The research will show how new models of entrepreneurship regenerate neglected and underused resources and create new value.

The research will be disseminated through publications and the organization of seminars.


Teaching activities. Teaching activities concerning "Hybrid places of social self-organization in Italy and Europe". The aim of these lectures is to provide students with the tools, knowledge, and skills necessary to recognize the value of resources, and design paths of innovation and sustainability. Teaching will be structured in lectures, interactive exercises and debates. The lessons will be developed with a metacognitive teaching methodology aimed at triggering students' curiosity and critical thinking. The topics of underused assets and their regeneration as an opportunity to create positive impacts on the asset and the territory will be addressed. This will be followed by an analysis of the types of social self-organization models. The regenerated assets, the managerial structure, the forms of financing obtained and the impact on the territory will be analyzed. During the lectures, students will be invited to brainstorm on the issues addressed and to carry out exercises of observation, representation and presentation of the analyses carried out. Students will be invited to select a case study, highlighting the characteristics of the entity managing the asset, its organizational structure, the activities and the impact on the territory.