Grants Topics



Conflicts and international policy

The Research Center on International Politics and Conflict resolution (CeRPIC) has as its aim the study of the changes in the international system, with particular reference to conflicts, the possibility of their solution and the prospects for global governance, in an interdependent world that sees the entry of emerging powers like China and India.
The scientific activities of the Center focus on the study of peace and war, as phenomena that are interdependent and critical for international politics. The research lines promoted address a survey on the use of force in international relations, its historical evolution and its transformation in the contemporary world, its connections with the political, social, economic, ethical and cultural dimensions, with the aim of identifying the causes and characteristics for a better understanding of recurring, even if extremely destructive, events. Our goal is also to identify the scientific basis to limit and possibly overcome such events

Development of modernity: 1494-1973

The Italian-German Historical Institute in Trento (Isig) was founded in 1973 within the former Trentino Institute for Culture, which had been the driving force behind the founding of the University of Trento and had now decided to invest in the creation of further centers of excellence in advanced research.
ISIG was the first building block of a development destined to grow significantly over time. A powerful scientific-technological research institute was set up to complement research in the humanities (an Institute for Religious Studies was also established) and isig has sustained the events of this success story. In 2007, the Istituto Trentino di Cultura, a functional organization of the Autonomous Province of Trento, was transformed into a foundation with legal personality under private law, named after Bruno Kessler, the local politician who contributed to the establishment of the University of Trento.
The incentive for an institute for top level historical research goes back to Paolo Prodi, who led the Institute from its founding until 1997. A scholar of the age of Reformation and Counter-Reformation, Paolo Prodi’s purpose was to create a setting where the tradition of cultural exchange and dialogue between the Latin and the Germanic world could find an ideal venue for discussion on the roots of an "idem sentire de re publica " that had shaped modern European civilization.
The Institute's work has continued under the direction of Giorgio Cracco (1998-2005) and Gian Enrico Rusconi (2005-2010). In September 2010, Paolo Pombeni was appointed Director for the next three years.
In keeping with its original set-up, the Institute has recently been deeply transformed. The pool of researchers, which─following an international selection─ now counts 13 members, is working on a common research project: Transition as a historiographical issue. The phases of the critical development of “modernity” 1494–1973.

Labour Policies
IRVAPP - The Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies

The Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP) is a policy-relevant research organization established in Trento in 2008. IRVAPP aims at providing evaluations of policy impact to international, national and local agencies engaged in public policy in order to contribute to the establishing of an informed and evidence-based policy making. IRVAPP research activities deal with labour market policies, public interventions supporting industrial and economic innovation, social and economic policies in developing countries and, more in general, with welfare policies (family, education, health, poverty and social exclusion). Moreovoer, the scientific mission includes the the dissemination of findings from this research, the promotion of a culture of impact evaluation, the training of policy evaluators, and the setting-up of a policy-relevant data archive.