Participatory and deliberative democracy

The area develops research lines on the subject of democratic participation and inclusive construction of public policies, with particular reference to government policies of the Territories (sustainability, urban and rural requalification, common goods), to Government of emergency (marginal areas, polluting infrastructures, post-earthquake reconstruction), the dynamics of citizenship involvement in decision-making processes (on-line participation, relationship with institutes of direct democracy, “populisms” “). The methodological perspective is highly interdisciplinary and involves sociologically, economically, urbanistic and juridical competences.


Associate Professor, Public Law.

Coordinator of the LEPA research group on “Participatory and deliberative democracy”. Read more


Researcher, Sociology of Political phenomena.

Researcher, Sociology of Political phenomena. Read more

Contract Professor of Sociology of Social Change.

He is a post-doc researcher at the Department of Political sciences, University of Perugia. He is entitled to carry out the functions of Associate Professor of Sociology. His research topics, to which he has devoted numerous national and international publications, concern social recognition, emotions, shame, critical theory, solidarity and classical sociological theory. He’s been Visiting Research Assistant at the University of Kent He is member of international research networks, including RILES (Research on Social Ties) and REDISS (Red Internacional de Sociología de las Sensibilidades). Read more

Research Fellow.

Research Fellow. Read more

Senior Assistant Professor of Sociology.

“Chercheur associé” of Sociology at the CERLIS Laboratory, University Paris Descartes, Paris Sorbonne, he is visiting researcher at the “Università della Svizzera Italiana” (Lugano, Switzerland). He had also been visiting researcher in several European study centers and universities, among others: École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (FR), University Paris 1 “Panthéon-Sorbonne”(FR), University of Cambridge (UK), University of London (UK), IRESCO-Paris (FR), University of Lisbon (PO), Humboldt University (DE), New Bulgarian University-Sofia (BU).
He is external expert at European Commission for Horizon2020 projects evaluation.
Member of the scientific committee of different national and international specialized magazines; director of the editorial series “Social Theory” for Orthotes publisher.
For what concerns the research themes, Massimo Cerulo deals mainly with the sociology of emotions, the history of the sociological thought and the ethnographic in-deep analysis. He has introduced in Italy parts of the social theory of some classics of sociology such as Pierre Bourdieu, Gabriel Tarde and Arlie R. Hochschild. Read more

Associate Professor, Comparative public law.

Associate Professor, Comparative public law. Read more

Assistant Professor in Political Sociology.

He is currently studying the European political parties through a comparative approach. In particular, his research deals with the Left and the radical Left parties in Western Europe and the European populist parties. The most recent publications include: The European Radical Left. Transformation and Political Changement, in J. Ibrahim and J.M. Roberts (eds.), in Contemporary Left-Wing Activism, Vol. I (Routledge, 2019); Radical Left-wing Populism and Democracy in Europe, in C. de la Torre (eds.), Global Populism (Routledge, 2018); La sinistra radicale in Europa. Italia, Spagna, Francia, Germania (Donzelli, 2016). From the Communist Party to the Front de gauche. The French radical left from 1989 to 2014 (with M. De Luca), in «Communist and Post-Communist studies» (2016); New Left in the European Democracies: The case of German Radical Left (with L. Viviani), in «Partecipazione e conflitto» (2015). Read more

Assistant Professor in Sociology of territory and environment.

He carries out research on territorial development issues, devoting himself in particular to the study of the enhancement of the territory understood as a process that links socio-economic and cultural aspects to a responsible and sustainable development, which gives value to the sense of places, to local identities, to legality of the implemented local strategies and its values. On these issues she has published 40 research products in Italian and foreign scientific journals and books. Read more

Research Fellow.

Research Fellow. Read more

Associate Professor, Sociology of communication.

Responsible of the LEPA Summer School, Coordinator of the degree programs in Communication Sciences.
He has been member of several national and international research programs and his work has been published in: International Journal of Press/Politics, European Journal of Communication, Journalism, Journalism Studies, Celebrity Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, il Mulino, Comunicazione Politica and Cuadernos de Informacion. He is member of Scientific Committees of Problemi dell’informazione and Comunicazione politica.
His main fields of research are: Political communication, Mass media, Journalism, Public Relations and Lobbying. Read more

Research Fellow.

Research Fellow. Read more

Full Professor, Sociology.

Head of the Political Sciences Department (Perugia University, Italy).
Principal investigator of several research programs. Author of many papers and books. Co-director of the Journal “Quaderni di Teoria sociale” and member of committees of several scientific journals. Director of a book series of Sociology.
Main fields of research: social theory, sociology of knowledge and of collective thought (ideology, utopia, political culture, common sense, social representations, collective imaginary). Read more

Researcher, Technical and urban planning.

Researcher, Technical and urban planning. Read more

Associate professor of economic history.

His main fields of research are related to the history of agriculture, land and economic transformations between the modern and contemporary age. He has published several books and numerous books published in Italian and international volumes and magazines. He has overseen the organization of several national and international conferences. In 2010 he received the international “Daria Borghese” award for his studies on the history of Rome during the Renaissance period. He is the vice-president of the “Respro. Network of historians for production landscapes”. Read more