Academic Direction

Benedetto Lepori

Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society, USI

He is currently titular professor at the Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society and rector delegate per research analysis at Università della Svizzera italiana.

His research interest include: Governance and organizational structures of higher education institutions, Institutional theory, particularly institutional logics approaches and hybrid organizations, Development of data infrastructure for S&T studies, Diversity and characterization of higher education systems, Comparative analysis of national reasearch policies and funding systems, Indicators to characterize research funding systems and higher education institutions


Eugène Horber

University of Geneva and FORS

Eugène Horber is professor emeritus of methodology at the Department of Political Science and International relations, University of Geneva, as well as affiliated researcher at FORS. He holds a PhD degree in Political Science and has taught social science methodology (both quantitative and qualitative), applied computer science, and statistics at the University of Geneva.

He is the director of the Swiss Summer School (Social Science Methodology); main teaching activities in the past include the Essex Summer School, the Carcassonne Summer School, the PRESTA programme (EU programme for South America), Eurostat/TES, ENSAE (Paris) and ENSAI (Rennes).

His research interests and publications are in the area of statistical methodology (data exploration, visual data analysis), survey research and aggregate data analysis, as well as applied computer science (didactic software, hypertext) and computer-assisted qualitative data analysis. He is the author of a software package for exploratory data analysis.


Patrick Gagliardini

Faculty of Economics, USI

Patrick Gagliardini  has been visiting fellow at the Laboratoire de Finance-Assurance of CREST (Paris) and assistant professor at the University of St. Gallen in the School of Economics and Political science. Since 2012 Patrick is full professor of Econometrics at USI, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics for the term 2015-2019, and has been recently appointed as Pro-Rector for Research.

Patrick research interests are in the area of Econometrics and Financial Econometrics. Broadly speaking, his work is devoted to mathematical modeling of economic and financial problems - such as understanding asset prices, measuring risks in financial markets, modeling contagion phenomena - and developing novel statistical methodologies for bringing models to data. His current research focuses on large-dimensional factor models for inference on equity risk premia using single stocks returns, the Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) and its use for statistical inference and model comparison in asset pricing, and state space models for time series analysis.