Rico Maggi,  IRE director
Rico Maggi is former dean of the Faculty of Economics and Professor of USI. He teaches microeconomics, international economics and tourism economics in the Faculty of Economics, and urban economics in the Academy of Architecture. Rico Maggi is director of the Institute for Economic Research (IRE) where he deals with issues on transport, urban and regional development, mobility and tourism. CV

Stefano Scagnolari, PostDoc and O-Tur manager

Born in Bologna on May 23rd, 1980, he has finished his studies at the Facoltà di Scienze Statistiche dell’Università di Bologna, receiving a degree in Statistical and Economic Sciences. Since 2006 he is working as research assistant at the faculty of economics of the Università della Svizzera italiana. In 2011 he received a study grant of the Swiss National Fund, which enabled him to specialize in his career at the Università of California, Berkeley. He received his doctoral degree in 2013 with a thesis about mobility and behavior of young people in their free time. The current research interests focuses on urban mobility and tourism economics, applying individual choice models and taking psychological aspect into account. CV

Igor Sarman, PostDoc and O-Tur collaborator
Igor Sarman obtained a Master degree at the faculty of Economics of the University of Trieste and worked as a researcher contributing to a study on choice behaviour in a context of discrete choices applied to freight transport demand. After the degree, he collaborated in the UNIMOB research project dealing with topics of mobility and home-university route modal choice. Since February 2011 he has taken part in the Tourism Observatory of the Institute for Economic Research (IRE - Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland) dealing with the analysis of tourism demand and offer in the Ticino region as well as investigating on topics of general interest in the framework of regional accommodation and hospitality sector. He obtained a PhD in Economics in August 2017 at USI with a thesis entitled “Understanding the impact of risk perception in leisure tourism-related decisions and the role of attitudes and preferences” and at present, he has a PostDoc position at IRE. Since 2015 he has been co-teaching the course of “Transportation and Mobility in Tourism” at the Fondazione Campus in Lucca, Italy (University of Pisa). CV

Andrea Pellegrini, PhD student at IRE and O-Tur collaborator

Andrea Pellegrini has recently got a master degree in statistics at University of Bologna with a dissertation on “Impact of temperature on mortality: a survival analysis approach”. His work was basically focused on applying a Gompertz model in order to study the impact of high temperature on elderly people in the county of Bologna from 1995 to 2004. At present, he works for the Tourism Observatory (O-tur) at the Istitute for Ecomic reaserch and deals with analysis of tourism performance in both summer and winter season. He is a PhD candidate at Univerità della Svizzera Italiana. CV

Riccardo Curtale, PhD student at IRE and O-Tur collaborator

Riccardo Curtale recently became PhD student at the IRE institute and member of O-Tur since September 2014. He obtains a master degree in statistics at University of Bologna and his responsabilities within O-tur concentrate on the destination reports. CV

Eva Vroegop, Master Assistant

Eva is the Assistant for the Master in International Tourism. She graduated in this program herself at the Università della Svizzera italiana in 2013. She is responsible for the coordination of the programm and communication with the students. CV


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