China Issues Course on Contemporary China

Course details

The course, of 2 credits, addressed to the students of Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, will take place between March and May 2018, and includes 7 meetings of 3 hours each. The frequency and the reading material, sent to the participants, are mandatory.


– Introductory class:

Time and place: March 7th, 16:00-17:00, Aula 3 Sede Centrale

Speaker: Prof. Alberto Di Minin



Alberto Di Minin is an Associate Professor of Management at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa and Research Fellow with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy. His research deals with Open Innovation and the development of new business models.



– Cultural Industries in China

Time and place: March 16th, 16:00-19:00, Aula 8 Sede Centrale

Speaker: Francesca Spigarelli

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Francesca Spigarelli is an Associate Professor of Applied Economy at University of Macerata, where she teaches Political Economy and Managerial Economics. She is the Director of the research center “China Center” (, University of Macerata Vice Rector for self entrepreneurship, technology transfer and the European Charter for Researchers, and delegate for the internationalization and research of the department of law.



  • Keane, China Creative Industries. Challenges Matched by Opportunities, Ticker: Business Journal of German Chamber of Commerce in China, 04, pp. 11-13 (2014)
  • Eu Sme Centre, Culture and Creative Industries in China, 2014;
  • Keane, From made in China to created in China, International journal of cultural studies, volume 9 (3): 285-296 (2006);
  • Fung, Strategizing for Creative Industries in China: Contradictions and Tension in Nation Branding, International Journal of Communication 10 (2016), 3004-3021


– Innovative China

Time and place: March 20th, 16:00-19:00, Aula 3 Sede Centrale

Speaker: Georges Haour

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Georges Haour is Professor emeritus of innovation management at the IMD, in Switzerland. He often provides consultancy in innovation management and technology transfer.




  • Haour, M. von Zedtwitz, Created in China, Bloomsbury, London , 2017; G. Yip, B. McKern, China’s latest challenge, MIT Press, 2016;
  • Haour, D. Jolly, China: the next innovation hot spot for the world, Journal of Business Strategy, vol. 35 no 1 pp 2-8 2014


– Urbanization in China: Modernity and Transformation

Time and place: April 11th, 16:00-19:00, Aula 6 Sede Centrale

Speaker: Daniele Brombal

Senza titolo3Daniele Brombal is a Researcher in the Asia and Mediterranean Africa’s Studies Department of theUniversity of Venice Ca’ Foscari, where he teaches Chinese Language and Politics & Society of Contemporary China. He is also a researcher at the Torino World Affairs Institute and a member of the editorial board of the magazine “OrizzonteCina”. His research interests focus on the relations between state and society in contemporary China, with reference to the decision-making processes related to environmental and health policies.



  • Brombal, A. Moriggi, A. Marcomini, Evaluating public participation in Chinese EIA. An integrated Public participation Index and its application to the case of the new Beijing Airport, Environmental Impact assessment Review, 62 (2017) 49-60;
  • Brombal, A. Moriggi, Institutional Change in China’s Sustainable Urban development, China Perspectives, No. 2017/1;
  • Brombal, Urbanizzazione in Cina. I piani non mancano, le alternative sì, Orizzonte Cina, vol. 8 n. 4, 2017;
  • Brombal, Urbanizzazione e sostenibilità in Cina. Verso un cambiamento trasformativo, Annali di Ca’Foscari. Serie Orientale, vol 53 – Giugno 2017


– Grand View: The new Era of China

Time and place: April 26th, 16:00-19:00, Aula 3 Sede Centrale

Speaker: Kerry Brown

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Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College of London. He deals with China by analysing the political economy, international relations and domestic politics.



  • Brown, China’s Foreign policy since 2012, China Quarterly of International Strategic Studies, Vol. 3, No. 3, 325–339


– China 2025

Time and place: May 4th, 16:00-19:00, Aula 3 Sede Centrale

Speaker: Plinio Innocenzi

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Plinio Innocenzi is Full Professor of Science and Technology of Materials at University of Sassari and since 2010 is the Science and Technology Counsellor at Embassy of Italy in Beijing.



– The University in China nowadays

Time and place: May 7th, 16:00-19:00, Aula 6 Sede Centrale

Speaker: Chen Demin


Chen Demin is Dean of the Chongqing University Research Institute for Sustainable Development and Ministry of Education Strategic Research Training Facility – Director of the Research Center on Regional Economy and Science Education Strategy. His main fields of research are the theories and policies of higher education regional plans, the reform of the mechanisms and management systems of higher education, and the combination of industry, education and research.


– One Belt One Road

Time and place: May 18th, 16:00-19:00, Aula 3 Sede Centrale

Speaker: Alessia Amighini

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Alessia Amighini is Co-Head of the “Osservatorio Asia”, Senior Associate Research Fellow at ISPI and Associate Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Piemonte Orientale. Her research topics include also Chinese economics, international trade, foreign direct investment and the One Belt One Road Initiative.



  • Amighini, Towards a New Geography of Trade? in A. Amighini (ed.) China’s Belt and Road: a Game Changer?, ISPI Report, 2017


To be thanked for the precious collaboration, the assistants:

      Filippo Fasulo

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Filippo Fasulo is the Scientific Coordinator of Centro Studi per l’Impresa della Fondazione Italia Cina (CeSIF), researcher at ISPI and fellow at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. His research interests include China’s internal and external politics.



    Alessandro Zadro

Senza titolo9Alessandro Zadro is Program Manager at Galileo Galilei Italian Institute in Chongqing (China), managed by the Institute of Management of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. With a Master’s degree in Chinese Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, and a Master’s degree in International Relations at Peking University, his research interests are focused on the problems in contemporary Chinese society and on the economic-political relations between China and the European Union.


    Ester Armentano

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Ester Armentano is Event Manager at Confucius Institute of Pisa, managed by Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.