Our publications

 A selection of our most recent publications


Biggeri, M., Ciani, F., & Ferrannini, A. (2016). Aid effectiveness and multilevel governance: the case of a value chain development project in rural Ethiopia. The European Journal of Development Research, 1-23.

OXFAM and ARCO (2016), Where change happens. Local governance to tackle multidimensional poverty and inequality, Position Paper, Oxfam International

Ciani, F., Huggard J., & Zervas, T. (2016). The resilience of bergamot farmers to economic shocks in the Reggio Calabria Province. Regions Magazine, 302(1), 23-25.

Biggeri, M., & Ferrannini, A. (2014). Opportunity gap analysis: procedures and methods for applying the capability approach in development initiatives. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 15(1), 60-78.

Biggeri, M., & Ferrannini, A. (2014). Sustainable Human Development: A new territorial and people-centred perspective. Palgrave Macmillan, New York and Basingstoke.

Borsacchi, L., Ferrannini, A. & Biggeri, M. (2014), Fostering the compliance of production processes in area with high incidence of ethnic entrepreneurship: the creation of a check-up tool in Prato industrial district, in T. Sikora and J. Dziadkowiec (Eds.), Commodity Science in Research and Practice – Towards Quality – Management Systems and Solutions, Polish Society of Commodity Science, Cracow.


Keywords: sustainable human development, capability approach, resilience, multi-level governance.



Arciprete, C. and Biggeri,M. (2018, forthcoming) , Children and the youth’s participation in research and decision making processes, in The capability approach, empowerment and participation: concepts, methods and applications edited by David Clark, Mario Biggeri and Alexandre Aspan Frediani. Palgrave McMillan.

Arciprete, C. and Biggeri , M. (2016), “La partecipazione dei bambini alla luce dell’approccio delle capabilities” in “Traguardo Infanzia, Benessere, partecipazione e cittadinanza” edited by Belloni, M.C., Bosisio, R. and Olagnero, M,. Academia University Press.

Arciprete, C. and Biggeri , M. (2015), “Educazione di qualità per tutti per uno sviluppo sostenibile” in “Diritto all’educazione e le pari opportunità per costruire consapevolezza conoscenza e futuro” curated by L. Luatti (Oxfam Italia).

Hart C.S., Biggeri M., Babic B. (2014) (Eds.), Agency and participation in childhood and youth: international applications of the capability approach in schools and beyond, London, Bloomsbury.

Trani J. F., Biggeri M., & Mauro V. (2013). The multidimensionality of child poverty: Evidence from Afghanistan. Social Indicators Research, 112 (2), 391-416.

Biggeri M., & Santi M. (2012). Missing dimensions of children’s well-being and well-becoming in education systems: capabilities and philosophy for children. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 13(3), 373-395.

Biggeri M., Ballet J. & Comim F. (Eds.) (2011). Children and the capability approach. Palgrave Macmillan.

Biggeri, M., Bellanca N., Bonfanti, S., & Tanzj, L. (2011). Rethinking policies for persons with disabilities through the capability approach: The case of the Tuscany Region. ALTER-European Journal of Disability Research/Revue Européenne de Recherche sur le Handicap, 5(3), 177-191.

Trani, J. F., Bakhshi, P., Bellanca N., Biggeri M., & Marchetta, F. (2011). Disabilities through the Capability Approach lens: Implications for public policies. ALTER-European Journal of Disability Research/Revue Européenne de Recherche sur le Handicap, 5(3), 143-157.


Keywords: poverty, well-being, empowerment, capability approach, disability, children, child poverty, human development.



Testi, E., Bellucci, M., Franchi, S., & Biggeri, M. (2017). Italian Social Enterprises at the Crossroads: Their Role in the Evolution of the Welfare StateVOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 1-20.

Biggeri, M., Testi, E., & Bellucci, M. (2017). Enabling ecosystems for social enterprises and social innovation: a capability approach perspective. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 18(2), 299-306.

Bellucci, M., & Manetti, G. (2017). Facebook as a tool for supporting dialogic accounting? Evidence from large philanthropic foundations in the United States. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 30(4), 874-905.

Manetti, G., & Bellucci, M. (2016). The use of social media for engaging stakeholders in sustainability reporting. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 29(6). 985-1011.

Manetti, G., Bellucci, M., Como, E., & Bagnoli, L. (2015). Investing in volunteering: Measuring social returns of volunteer recruitment, training and management. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 26(5), 2104-2129.

Bellucci, M., Bagnoli, L., Biggeri, M., & Rinaldi, V. (2012). Performance measurement in solidarity economy organizations: The case of fair trade shops in Italy. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 83(1), 25-59.


Keywords: accountability, sustainability reporting, stakeholders, non-profit, social entrepreneurship, social innovation



Mauro, V., Biggeri, M., & Maggino, F. (2016). Measuring and monitoring poverty and well-being: a new approach for the synthesis of multidimensionality. Social Indicators Research, 1-15.

Forastiere, L., Mealli, F., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2016). Identification and estimation of causal mechanisms in clustered encouragement designs: Disentangling bed nets using Bayesian principal stratification. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 111(514), 510-525.

Li, F., Mattei, A., & Mealli, F. (2015). Evaluating the causal effect of university grants on student dropout: evidence from a regression discontinuity design using principal stratification. The Annals of Applied Statistics, 9(4), 1906-1931.

Mauro, V., Biggeri, M., Deepak, S., & Trani, J. F. (2014). The effectiveness of community-based rehabilitation programmes: an impact evaluation of a quasi-randomised trial. Journal of epidemiology and community health, 68(11), 1102-1108.

Mattei, A., Mealli, F., & Pacini, B. (2014). Identification of causal effects in the presence of nonignorable missing outcome values. Biometrics, 70(2), 278-288.

Mealli F., Pacini B. (2013). Using secondary outcomes to sharpen inference in randomized experiments with noncompliance, Journal of the American Statistical Association, 108, 1120-1131.


Keywords: multidimensional approach, randomized experiments, principal stratification.

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