Address book


Staff Structures


Back to the list


Professoressa Associata





Giorgia Nesti is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Padova where she teaches Public Policy, European Multi-level Policies and Local Democracy. She was Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the University Ca’ Foscari, Venice between 2015 and 2019. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and European politics (University of Siena).
Director of the First cycle degree in Political Science.
Scientific coordinator of the Observatory on Urban Policies URBES and PI of the research project POLBIS-The Politics and Policy of Basic Income Schemes: Lesson from Italian and European Cases (
Visiting Scholar at the Research Center 'Initiatives on Cities', at Boston University (2017 e 2018).
Member of the Ph.D. Teaching Board in the Doctoral progra, 'The New Public Administration: data and human resources' (University of Milan Bicocca).
Associate editor of the scientific journal Information Polity.
Her research interests concern local governance, innovation in public services, the role of new technologies, civic engagement, European policies for cities, for ICTs and the Digital agenda, gender studies and local welfare.
She is the Official Representative of the ECPR at the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies (SPGI).


Office hours

  • at Via del Santo 28, 3 piano, stanza /via del Santo 28, III floor, room
    Per il ricevimento prendere appuntamento scrivendo a: Please book a meeting by email:



GASCO’ HERNANDEZ M., NESTI G., CUCCINIELLO M., GULATEE Y. (eds.) (2021), Introduction to the special issue on digital government and gender, Information Polity vol. 26, n. 2, pp. 109-113, DOI:10.3233/IP-219007
NESTI G., GRAZIANO P. (2021), La rete del Welfare locale, in Gori C., Pagniello M., De Capite N., Lotta alla povertà: imparare dall’esperienza, migliorare le risposte, Caritas Italiana
NESTI G. (2020), Italy, Country Report 2.8, in Meijer, A. and Webster, C.W.R. ‘The COVID-19-crisis and the Information Polity: An Overview of Responses and Discussions in Twenty-one Countries from Six Continents’, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 243-274, DOI: 10.3233/IP-200006
NESTI G. (2020), Defining and assessing the transformational nature of smart city governance: Insights from four European cases, in International Review of Administrative Sciences, vol. 86, Issue 1, pp. 20-37, DOI: 10.1177/0020852318757063 (First published online April 3, 2018)
NESTI G., GRAZIANO P.R. (2020) The democratic anchorage of governance networks in smart cities: an empirical assessment, in Public Management Review, vol 22, Issue 5, pp. 648-667, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2019.1588355, (First published online March 29, 2019)
NESTI G. (2020), Networking and learning in urban living labs: the case of the Housing Innovation Lab in Boston, in L. van den Dool (ed. by), Strategies for urban network learning; international practices and theoretical reflections, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 9783030360474, pp. 81-98
NESTI G. (2020), Partnerships for Innovation: The Case of Urban Living Lab in Turin, in C. van Montfort and A. Michels (eds), Partnerships for Livable Cities, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 9783030400590, pp. 317-333
NESTI G. (2019), Mainstreaming gender equality in smart cities: Theoretical, methodological and empirical challenges, in Information Polity, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 289-304, DOI 10.3233/IP-190134
NESTI G., GRIMALDI S. (2018), The reluctant activist: the Italian parliament and the scrutiny of EU affairs between institutional opportunities and political legacies, in Journal of Legislative Studies, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 546-567, DOI: 10.1080/13572334.2018.1547946 (First published online November 22, 2018)
NESTI G. (2018), Co-production for innovation: the urban living lab experience, in Policy & Society, 37(3), pp. 310-325, DOI: 10.1080/14494035.2017.1374692 (First published online 2017)
NESTI G. (2018), Strengthening the accountability of independent regulatory agencies: From performance back to democracy, Comparative European Politics, vol. 16, Issue 3, pp. 464-481 DOI: 10.1057/cep.2016.24 (First published online May 30, 2016).
NESTI G. (2018), Trasformazioni urbane. Le città intelligenti tra sfide e opportunità, Roma: Carocci Editore
NESTI G. (2017), Il genocidio armeno e la retorica istituzionale dell’Unione europea, in Arslan A., Berti F. e De Stefani P. (a cura di), Il Paese perduto. A cent’anni dal genocidio armeno, Milano, Guerini e Associati, pp. 143-159
NESTI G. (2017), Living Labs: A New Tool for Co-production?, in Bisello A. Vettorato D. Stephens R. Elisei P. (eds), Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions. Green Energy and Technology, pp. 267-281, Cham: Springer International Publishing.
NESTI G. (2016), a cura di, Città intelligenti, città di genere. Governance e politiche, Roma, Carocci Editore.
NESTI G., RIGHETTINI M.S., (2014), Indipendenza e credibilità. Istituzioni, Imprese e consumatori nella regolazione, Roma, Carocci Editore

Research Area

Innovation and Living Labs.
Gender and e-government.
AI, e-government, innovation and public management.
Minimum and Basic Income experiences in comparative perspective.
Digital Inclusion.
Smart cities.

Thesis proposals

Local innovation
Artificial Intelligence, e-government, innovation and public administration.
Minimum and Basic Income in Europe.
Gender and e-government.
Digital inclusion.
Gender pay gap.