Silvia is Associate Professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento, Italy. She obtained a “Laurea” in Political Sciences from the University of Bologna and she has a MSc and a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (UK). She has carried out her academic activity at the University of Birmingham, Stirling Univeristiy (Scotland), Open University, as well as at the University of Ferrara and Trento (Italy). She has conducted research activities at Antares (University of Bologna- Forlì) and for the General Direction of Commerce for the Emilia-Romagna Region. Her studies have focused on different aspects of production governance and on the challenges of including multiple and diverse publics, in a Deweyan sense. From this perspective she has addressed a number of topics, including: the determinants of governance governance forms, network governance and local development, social enterprise governance in welfare services, social capital and multiple levels of governance, governance impacts on creativity, individual motivation and satisfaction in social cooperatives, development praxis aimed at raising participation & use of creativity. She has applied these conceptual insights to welfare services and to the study of biosphere reserves.