Organizational structure

GRINS has a hub-and-spoke structure.

The hub coordinates the spokes and is responsible for providing the final data platform.

Each spoke has a thematic specialization, is led by one of the universities in the extended partnership and coordinates the work of researches coming from different entities.

Within each spoke, different work-packages focus on different aspects of the spoke’s theme.

The Department of Economics is hub leader, as well as spoke leader for the spokes “Data platform and knowledge transfer” and “Public sector, policy design and performance”.

Spoke 0 – Data platform and knowledge transfer

  • Design and implementation of architecture.
  • Validation of data analysis indicators.
  • Tools for privacy preserving and data sharing.
  • Dashboard visualization.
  • Knowledge transfer, exploitation plan, pilot tests.


Spoke 1 - Firms

  • Define strategies and tools to effectively engage consumers in the ecological and digital transition.
  • Improve firms’ resilience to external shocks and environmental jolts.
  • Increase firms' efficiency in circular resource management along the whole value chain.
  • Extract value from innovation, boosting entrepreneurial ecosystems and industrial clusters.

Spoke 2 - State PA

  • Improve Public Administration (organization, procedures and public management):Health Care Systems, Performance in Public Organizations.
  • Increase quality of Local policies for inclusive and resilient growth.
  • (Re)connect citizens and public administrations: Accountability, Red tape, Fake-news, Corruption, Demand of public services.

Spoke 3 - Households

  • Indicators of households’ resilience to shocks, integrating survey and administrative data.
  • Households’ financial sustainability.
  • Human capital and education policies.
  • Household health status and access to health services.


Spoke 4 - Sustainable finance

  • ESG risk dimensions and impact on investors and SMEs.
  • Financial inclusion and green/young entrepreneurship.
  • Assessment of climate change and transition risks.
  • Public debt and the financial system under Compounding Risks.

Spoke 5 - Innovation ecosystem - circular

  • Circular Innovation Ecosystems: new technologies generation and role of digital transformation; startups.
  • Innovation, labor market dynamics and inequalities: understanding the risks of the dark side of innovation.
  • Structural change and Global Value Chains: restructuring of Global Value Chains and Role of FDIs.
  • Policies for innovation-driven and smart specialization strategies: lessons for stakeholders and policymakers to promote an equal innovation driven CE-transition.

Spoke 6 - Low carbon policies

  • Fostering energy efficiency, greener buildings, energy communities; fighting energy poverty.
  • Fostering Green Procurement/Outsourcing and green local supply chain (works, service, good and furniture).
  • Mitigating and adapting to climate change: transition scenarios, strategies, and socio-economic impacts; ex-ante and ex-post valuation of climate and energy policies (i.e. urban reforestation).


Spoke 7 - Territorial sustainability

  • Measuring and monitoring infrastructures and services’ gap: development of a Dashboard of geo-localized and real-time data.
  • Infrastructures and smart mobility: policies and strategies for resilient and sustainable territories and cities.
  • Area-specific models and policies: strategies to support sustainable development and accessibility in specific areas (cities, inner regions, islands).

Spoke 8 - Social sustainability

  • Assessing the multidimensional nature of social cohesion.
  • Cultural participation and social inclusion in the digital era.
  • Strategies to contrast crime and social disruption.
  • Migrants’ inclusion and entrepreneurship.