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Barbara Antonioli Mantegazzini


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

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

I have widely written in the field of public economics, in particular on the regulation and management of public services, mainly energy - both renewable and non-renewable, water and waste. I am also active as a 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 broadened to energy transition, with special emphasis on the role of utilities and consumers.

I published various articles in national and international journals and reviews in the field of public economics; I am member of the scientific committee of peer-reviewed journals and referees 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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