Michela Giovannini holds a PhD in Local Development and Global Dynamics at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Trento, Italy. She holds a MA degree in Political Science at the University of Padova and a master diploma in Management of Social Cooperatives and Nonprofit Organisations at the University of Trento. In 2015 she had a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Social Economy at the University of Liège (Belgium). Her research interests focus mainly on social and solidarity economy organizations in Latin America (Mexico and Chile) and Europe (Spain and Portugal). She is currently Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra.