Capital Business Forum 4th edition

Capital Business Forum 4th edition

The 4th edition of the Capital Business Forum will take place at Luiss University, room 200 viale Romania 32, Luiss University from June 18th 9am to June 19th 5.30 pm.

The Rome Forum follows the successful events in Beijing (2016 and 2018) at Beijing Normal University and in Washington D.C. (2017) at the American University and offers opportunities to share research and insights on the special business issues in Capital Cities around the world. 
Discussion topics:
• Industry and innovation clusters
• Business and industry relationships with government
• Smart capital cities
• Education, training and skill development


Welcome address
Fabiano Schivardi Vice Rector of Research Luiss

Session 1 – Chair: Fabian Homberg
Tomasz Mroczkowski – Unrelated diversification in an economic region: the crucial role of innovation capabilities
Richard Tee – Innovation Ecosystems
Zheng Feihu – R&D allocation paradox and IP protection: China’s new discovery

Session 2 – Chair: Zhang Pingdan
Robert Grant – Leadership in Capital Cities: the role of wisdom
Christian Iaione – Collaborative city-making: the co-city approach
Kase Kimio – Bipolarity Tokyo-Osaka and Madrid-Barcelona

Session 3 – Chair: Richard Tee
Li Kun – Corporate Social Responsibility and Company Performance: A Big-Data Study from Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei
Erran Carmel – Capital Cities, but not business capitals
Fang Fang – GDP manipulation and livelihood investment
Iftekhar Karim – Entrepreneurship themes around Ethnic Enclave in capital cities

Session 4 – Chair: Erran Carmel
Yang Chengyu – How big is the income inequality in China
Kathryn Walters-Conte – Science City: US federal government technologies in Washington D.C. foster innovations for startups
Yu Jiajie – Corruption and the pattern of trade

Closing remarks: tbc

Conference Chair
Fabian Homberg Associate Professor HRM & OB Luiss

Placemaking Week Europe 2019

Placemaking Week Europe 2019

Placemaking Week Europe 2019 is Europe’s biggest conference and festival celebrating the impact of placemaking on the urban fabric. From June 12th-15th, roughly 400 placemakers, representing professionals from a variety of disciplines, including politicians, civil servants, developers, big and small companies will be present in La Marina and around the city of Valencia to share best practices, create new knowledge in interactive workshops, focus on accelerating existing and new projects and celebrate the growing contribution of placemaking in creating better cities.

This year Placemaking Week will revolve around five main topics:

(1) Placemaking for Innovation

(2) Creative Bureaucracy

(3) Open-source sharing from placemaking practice

(4) Future-proof cities through placemaking

(5) Waterfront cities

This year, Placemaking Week Europe is organized by La Marina de ValenciaSTIPO and Placemaking Europe with the special participation of the Creative Bureaucracy Festival.

With the collaboration of:

The 2nd meeting of the City Science Initiative – June 11th and 12th, Amsterdam

The 2nd meeting of the City Science Initiative – June 11th and 12th, Amsterdam

After a successful meeting in February, the City Science Initiative meets again in Amsterdam from the 11th to the 12th of June. Cities like Groningen, Paris, Lublin, Warsaw and Hamburg will be hosted by Caroline Nevejan, Chief Science Officer of the City of Amsterdam in order to discuss their strategies. Below some of the challenges this new initiative is trying to tackle:

Governance and finance for City Science

Cities are not only in need of more research on the urban challenges they are facing, they are also in need of a better connection with science and a better understanding of available research. To bridge the gap between research institutions and local government one has to take into account their different needs: where universities insist on independence, local governments prioritize political responsibilities and specific solutions. This also means that definitions of ‘academic excellence’ in universities provide targets which are not directly commensurable with the targets of local government, where academic research is judged by its social impact, which is difficult to measure. Governance also implies financing. Even though both local government and universities are funded by public money, financing happens through differing channels. It is therefore often difficult to find a common ground.

How can universities be stimulated to maintain definitions of excellence that include social impact?

How can local governments formally or informally influence research agendas of universities?

Learning and communication between science and policy

Universities and local government make use of differing languages, processes and quality assessments. Therefore it is difficult to come to better cooperation and effective communication is a bottleneck issue. One of the ways to come to better cooperation between science and policy, is to better understand existing best practices. One of the aims of the City Science Initiative is to collect these best practices.

What best practices exist to improve learning and communication between science and policy that can be used in cities?

How can learning and communication between science and policy be improved on a structural level?

A need for a new research paradigm on City Science

The City Science Initiative could develop into a Community of Practice of City Science Officers: a community of people sharing experiences from their work practice and developing new knowledge from this cooperation, in a way similar to which scientists form communities of practice. The community of practice can develop a shared language and shared concepts to establish a new research paradigm for urban research: fundamental research across the board, including both social and natural sciences. This fundamental research is aimed at answering questions on the governance of research on the local level: what is the relation between university and the city and how can knowledge and data be shared? At this point, only few researchers are trained to answer these types of questions. This new form of research should be interdisciplinary and aim at urban social impact. City science is distinct in its methodologies, standardization, assessment valorisation and focus on agenda setting and impact.

What are the necessary ingredients for a new research paradigm for City Science?

What steps are needed to establish such a research paradigm and to create a community of practice?

These among others are the questions and challenges that will be addressed during the second City Science Initiative Meeting in Amsterdam. Stay tuned for our feedbacks on twitter!

Civic collaboration as the general legal principle for the activities of Public Administration

Civic collaboration as the general legal principle for the activities of Public Administration

On June 17th, at 17:00pm, a discussion on the theme: “Civic collaboration as the general legal principle for the activities of Public Administration” with the Agenda described hereafter will be held in the Pompeo Room of the Palazzo Spada located Piazza Capo di Ferro 13, Rome. The event will also be the occasion for the presentation of the book by C.Iaione and P.Chirulli intitled “ The Co-City. Urban Law and Public Policy for Common Goods and Urban Regeneration”, Jovene, 2018.


Claudio Rossano (Sapienza Università, Rome)


Paola Chirulli (Sapienza Università, Rome)

Christian Iaione (Luiss Guido Carli and UniMarconi)


Rosanna De Nictolis (Council of State)

Sheila Foster (Georgetown University)

Raffaele Bifulco (Luiss Guido Carli)

Giovanni Moro (FondaCA and Gregoriana Università, Rome)

Aristide Police (Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata)

Aldo Sandulli (Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa) 

Paolo Stella Richter (Sapienza Università, Rome)


Veronica Nicotra (ANCI)

Organizing Secretary: Christian Iaione ( and Staff (

Organizing Secretary: Christian Iaione ( and

The Heritour

The Heritour

On Sunday May 26th, the Heritour, an event dedicated to the rediscovery of the beauty of the co-district including -Alessandrino, Centocelle, Torre Spaccata neighborhoods- took place.

Organized by CooperACTiva in collaboration with Luiss LabGov, the first event which was initally envisioned to be a bike tour, shifted into a walking tour due to bad weather conditions. At 10am, the group, equipped with torches and helmets, was guided by several speleologists from Roma Sotterranea through the tunnel and its caves which was made accessible thanks to the cleaning operations carried out by volunteers, on the day preceeding the event.

Departure of the Tour

At lunch time, in the “In Venadi Vino” wine bar, the participants enjoyed a pleasant convivial moment, rediscovering the flavors of the typical local cuisine. In the early afternoon, they could take part in a treasure hunt, aimed at supporting the fundraising in favor of the reconstruction of the Cafeteria Library “La Pecora Elettrica”, victim last April 25th of an incendiary act, was set up by Centocellule.

At the InVenadiVino restaurant

The activities then continued at Fusolab 2.0 with a social aperitif, in collaboration with Legambiente. During the aperitif, and thanks to the presence of “La Scienza Coatta”, Andrea Satta and Paolo Pesce Nanna, the participants took joy in attending art and music performances.  Besides, a charity auction, organized in collaboration with Africa Sottosopra was put up.

At the Fusolab 2.0

The participants were eventually invited to participate in the “Quartiere in Movimento” (Moving District) contest, which was created with the aim of unfolding the patrimonial area of ​​Centocelle, Alessandrino and Torre Spaccata. It is thought as a means to generate a narrative that brings out the richness of the tangible and intangible heritage, and highlights the shared values, beliefs, knowledge and traditions.

Photo contest “The Moving District”