Principal Investigators


Research Teams





Giovanni Abramo is a Technology Research Director at CNR-IASI, head of the Laboratory for Studies on Research Evaluation. He is also Honorary Professor at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. His research interests include evaluative scientometrics and its application to research management and policy.



Valentina Carazzolo is a PhD student at Sapienza University of Rome in Applied Social Sciences. She obtained a master’s degree in Public Policies at LUISS University of Rome. Her research interests are mainly focussed on higher education policies, on research evaluation and on researchers’ research agenda setting determinants.



Giovanni Cerulli is a researcher at CNR-IRCrES. He received a degree in statistics and a PhD in economic sciences from Sapienza University of Rome and is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics. His main research interests are applied microeconometrics, with a focus on counterfactual treatment-effects models for program evaluation.



Serena Fabrizio has a PhD in “Communication Science”, and since June 2015 she has a research fellowship at CNR-IRCrES collaborating on several European research projects. Main research interests concern policies for higher education systems, analysis of public funding on R&D, evaluation of impact of Social Science and Humanities (SSH) research.



Ugo Finardi (M.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry, Ph.D. in Materials Sciences and Technologies) is a Researcher at CNR-IRCrES. His main research interests are in the study of Technology Transfer and of science-technology-innovation links, of public research organizations, of socio-economic effects of new technologies, and of bibliometric and scientometric assessment of science.



Lucio Morettini is Researcher at CNR-IRCrES.  He received his PhD in Economics from Sapienza – Università di Roma in 2010. His research focuses on higher education policy, research evaluation and impact assessment, effects of university design on job market, high skilled workers' career dynamics and analysis of new emerging actors on higher education scenario.



Bianca Potì is an associate researcher at CNR-IRCrES. Her scientific interests are economics and policy of research and innovation. She is currently a contract professor of Economics of Innovation at the University of Cassino. She had the scientific responsibility of national and European projects. She is member of the Doctoral programme in Applied research in Social Sciences at Sapienza University of Rome. 



Andrea Orazio Spinello is researcher at CNR-IRCrES. After obtaining a master’s degree in Sociology, he held a Ph.D. in “Communication, Research, Innovation” at Sapienza University of Rome. His research interests address “Science, Technology and Innovation studies” and focus on Research Funding Systems, Evaluation of Public Research and Research Infrastructures.



Antonio Zinilli is a PhD in Applied Social Sciences. He teaches Sociology at Sapienza University and he is researcher at CNR-IRCrES. His fields of research are computational social sciences, network analysis and sociology of science, with a particular interest on the analysis and the modeling of information and dynamics about R&D funding and research policies.