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Barbara Antonioli Mantegazzini


I am currently a titular professor at the Faculty of Economics and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Economic Research (IRE).

Following a post-doctoral fellowship at LATTS - Laboratoire CNRS, École Nationale des Ponts et des Chausses, and Université Marne la Vallée – Paris, and several years as an adjunct professor at Bocconi University and the University of Ferrara, I joined the University of Lugano as a lecturer and researcher in public economics. Additionally, I serve as an adjunct professor and researcher at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) and the Fondazione Campus Lucca (University of Pisa). I hold a Ph.D. in Economics and Institutions from the University of Bologna.

I have extensively written in the field of public economics, particularly on the regulation and management of public services, focusing on energy (both renewable and non-renewable), water, and waste. I am also active as an advisor and researcher for public institutions (Department of Economics and Finance of Canton Ticino, Municipality of Lugano, and Bellinzona), SMEs, and startups. In recent years, my research has expanded to the energy transition, with a special emphasis on the role of utilities and consumers.

I have published various articles in national and international journals and reviews in the field of public economics. Additionally, I am a member of the scientific committee of peer-reviewed journals and serve as a referee for international reviews..

"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose" (Zora Neale Hurston, American Anthropologist, 1891 - 1960)


Economics, management and regulation of public services and infrastructures, with particular attention to governance, business models, efficiency analysis, financing of investments.

Reform of public intervention in the economic sector (privatization, liberalization, deregulation, New Public Management, Public-Private Partnership, public procurement).

Sectors: Energy, Water, Waste.

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