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CCSE - CISAlpino Institute for Comparative Studies in Europe


The CISAlpino Institute for Comparative Studies in Europe (CCSE) is an international, nonprofit and independent institute dedicated to the commercial, social and political relevance of the cisalpino regions. Having strong common historical roots, these regions have a great deal in common and play a leading role in their countries, strongly influencing the European development.

The CCSE is based on a co-operative agreement between the University of Bergamo and the University of Augsburg aimed at fostering scientific collaboration, also by intensifying the exchange of researchers. The agreement welcomes new partners willing to share the strategic view of the Institute and its purposes. Other universities in the cisalpino regions, such as the University of Brescia and the University of Verona, are expected to join, with the aim to act as a facilitator of high value-added relations among the organizations and institutions present in the territory.

The CCSE brings together academics, policy makers and practitioners from all over the world for discussions to exchange knowledge and ideas, to improve our understanding of European countries, recognizing the importance of cooperation among different communities. Being located in the heart of the European Union, the regions on the two sides exhibit the highest growth rates, welfare and well being in Europe. This makes the cisalpino region one of the most attractive and the CCSE, by fostering comparative studies within countries and regions in Europe, tries to improve our understanding both of the common features of these areas and of how and why countries and regions in Europe differ, how regions are shaped by these differences and how we can learn from each other to shape our common future in the best ways.


The guiding mission is to study the performance of markets and institutions in different Countries and regions within Europe and their interrelation within the context of a global economy. The comparative approach is the distinctive characteristic of the CCSE, with a prospective open to various competences and fields of study.
The CCSE applies a plurality of methodologies, with a clear focus on theory based empirical research, and favors cross-national comparison methodologies, which are advantageous in uncovering the unique features and unconscious assumptions that possess our vision when we study only a single Country.

Our goals
  • To conduct high quality applied research
    The CCSE acts as an intermediary between university research and the general public by applying theoretical knowledge to practical policy based on high quality empirical research.
  • To train junior researchers and students
    As a part of its academic research, the CCSE devotes great effort to the training of highly qualified researchers and students, providing mobility opportunities and access the international job market.
  • To provide policy and managerial advising
    As regarding itself as a think-tank for politics, administration and economics, the CCSE aims to provide exceptional advising, consulting and/or guide-lines.
  • To foster cooperation
    The CCSE stimulates cooperation opportunities at a broad level in the area of knowledge-based economy, higher education and researchers’ mobility.
  • To substantiate knowledge transfer
    CCSE research findings are disseminated and distributed national and international wide. Knowledge transfer is guaranteed by publications in academic journals, workshops and conferences but also reports in the mass media.
  • The Epistemic Functions of Vision in Science, Bergamo, Italy, October 10-12, 2018
  • CGIR Workshop Corporate governance implications of new methods of entrepreneurial firm formation, Bergamo, Italy, June 7-8, 2017
  • Eu-SPRI ECC Sowing the seeds of the future: The financing of tomorrow's innovations, Bergamo, Italy, June 24-26, 2015
  • T2S 2013 Conference, Bergamo, November 8-9, 2013
  • Workshop on Policies for Science and Higher Education in Europe, Bergamo, June 21, 2013
  • Doctoral Workshop on Creating and Leveraging Knowledge for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Milan, April 10-11, 2013
  • Unibg School in Finance 2013, Bergamo, Parco Scientifico Tecnologico Kilometro Rosso, February 21-22, 2013 (Programme)
  • International Workshop on University and Society: Challenges and Opportunities, Bergamo, October 15, 2012
  • Workshop on Academic Policy and the Knowledge Theory of Entrepreneurship, Augsburg, August 20-22, 2012
  • Entrepreneurship Week, Bergamo, June 18-21, 2012
  • Panel session on Academic entrepreneurship at the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) Meetings, Bozen, May 31 - June 2, 2012
  • Doctoral workshop on Governance in Comparative Perspectives, Bergamo, March 12-13, 2012
  • Conference of the Technology Transfer Society, Augsburg, September 21-23, 2011
  • Workshop on Corporate Governance and Academic Entrepreneurship, Augsburg, July 19, 2011
  • Workshop on Research and Practice in Technology Transfer, Bergamo, April 8, 2011

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