from 5 to 9 June 2023

Economic Fitness & Complexity


Centro Ricerche Enrico Fermi



A five-day SPRING school on economic fitness and complexity for phd students, early career researchers and practitioners

Organised by Enrico Fermi Research Centre, UNU-MERIT Maastricht and the Young Scholar Initiative (YSI-INET)

An extensive introduction to the economic complexity framework, with theoretical and practical classes, and presentations of state-of-art applications of economic complexity methods in different areas of social sciences 


Using complexity analysis for...

Economic Development and Growth

Predicting trajectories of economic development, relying on various sources of data, from co-locations to machine-learning approaches

Economic Geography and Labour

Studying local labour markets, labour flows, skill relatedness, job complexity and geographical patterns of inequality and resilience 

Firm Dynamics

Mapping firm capabilities, creating new indicators of relatedness and diversification for understanding firm dynamics


Informing policy: an overview of the applications at the European Commission and at the World Bank Group


Identifying new pathways to a fair and just sustainability transition: the geography of green competitiveness, inequality, green technologies and policies 

Science and Innovation

Understanding micro and macro patterns of co-evolution of science and technology to provide insights on the national, regional and local innovation systems  


Courses and labs

The first three days of the school will focus on theoretical and practical classes covering the following topics: economic complexity measurement, network theory, machine learning, measurement of relatedness. Theoretical lectures will be followed by coding labs, where participants will apply the methodologies introduced in class to carry on assigned group projects. 


In the last two days of the school, many world-wide renowned scholars have been invited to present their frontier research, linking economic complexity with economic development, economic geography, labour economics, sustainability, economics of science, and innovation policy. At the end of the school, students will also get a chance to present their group projects, and to get feedback on them.



Masud Cader

Country Analytics Lead at International Finance Corporation – World Bank

Giulio Cimini

Associate Professor of Physics at Univeristà Tor Vergata 

Alex Coad

Professor at Waseda Business School – Tokyo

Maria Del Rio

Researcher at Complexity Science Hub Vienna and Harvard University

Dario Diodato

Economist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Giovanni Dosi

Full Professor in Economics at the Institute of Economics, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

Mauro Gallegati

Full Professor in Economics at Marche Polytechnic University

Mikel Ladabaso

Director of JRC.B - Fair and Sustainable Economy

Justin Lin

Dean of Institute of New Structural Economics and Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development

Vittorio Loreto

Director at Sony Computer Science Lab Paris and Roma and Full Professor in Physics Sapienza University 

Alberto Marzucchi

Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the Gran Sasso Science Institute 

Nanditha Mathew

Research Fellow at UNU - MERIT, United Nations University

Lorenzo Napolitano

Economist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Frank Neffke

Team leader Science of Cities at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Aurelio Patelli

Researcher at CREF

Carlo Pietrobelli

UNESCO Chair in ST&I Policies for Sustainable Development in Latin America at UNU-MERIT and Professor of Economics at Roma Tre University 

Luciano Pietronero

President at CREF

Emanuele Pugliese

Economist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Fabio Saracco

Researcher at CREF and Guest Scholat at IMT Lucca

Angelica Sbardella

Researcher at CREF and Research Associate at SOAS-University of London

Pasquale Scaramozzino

Full Professor in Economics at SOAS University of London and Tor Vergata University

Luc Soete

Professor at UNU-MERIT, United Nations University

Andrea Tacchella

Researcher at CREF

Maria Enrica Virgillito

Associate Professor in Economics at the Institute of Economics, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

Fabiana Visentin

Assistant Professor of Economics of Innovation at UNU-MERIT, United Nations University

Bartel Van de Walle

Director of UNU-MERIT, United Nations University

Andrea Zaccaria

Researcher at Institute of Complex Systems – CNR

The Venue

Enrico Fermi Research Centre

Via Panisperna 89a,
00184 Roma, Italia

The Historical Museum of Physics and Enrico Fermi Study and Research Center (CREF) is located in the same building where Enrico Fermi and a group of young physicists conducted the first experiments on neutron-induced radioactivity, fundamental for the future development of nuclear energy.

Following the inspirational lead of Enrico Fermi, CREF aims to develop original and high-impact research lines based on physical methods with a strong interdisciplinary character. Here physicists collaborate on a daily basis with specialists in various fields: artificial intelligence, biology, medicine, social sciences, and  economics.

CREF also hosts a modern Historical Museum of Physics dedicated to Fermi’s scientific legacy,  to offer wide dissemination and communication of his life and his discoveries.


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Enrico Fermi Research Centre (CREF)


In collaboration with 

Institute for new economic thinking (INET)

Young scholar Initiative