Ricciuti Elisa is Associate Professor of Practice of Government, Health and Not for Profit at SDA Bocconi School of Management and Post-doc Research Fellow at Università Bocconi.
Her collaboration with SDA Bocconi began in 2007 within the Public Management and Policy area, where she initially covered European funds and project management issues, both in research and in executive education. She developed her international research within the Centre for Research on Health and Social Care Management (CERGAS) of Bocconi University, studying global health and development, with a specific focus on philanthropy. She got her PhD in London, on global philanthropy and strategic decision-making of big foudations investing in health. She participated into several national and international research projects, funded primariliy by European funds, foundations and other private organizations. She is Head of the Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy research group within CERGAS. She is responsible for the course Nonprofits & Philanthropy and also teaches in the Public Management course of Bocconi University. For three years, she has coordinated the internship programme «Making sense of profits» for Bocconi University, where she is still a tuttor, offering students internships in several nonprofit organizations and companies.
Her research activities focus on philanthropy, social impact and social innovation. She is deepening these topics both in national and international research and in different sectors, especially health and social care – migration, food waste and recovery, blood donation just to give some examples. Philanthropy, both individual and institutional (foundations), is her main research topic, with a specific focus on social impact, concepts and methods of impact and social innovation as a driver for strengthening our welfare systems. For this resason, her research studies look at third sector organizations both as donors and recipients of funds, in their role of social innovation drivers and important players in much debated topics.
She is author of several contributions on nonprofit sector and philanthropy, published with international editors such as Springer, Routledge and Palgrave MacMillan, and national editors such as Franco Angeli ed Egea. She has been awarded the Italian Research on Philanthropy Awards (IRPAs) for two years, with a study on Italian foundations and social impact evaluations, and the role of Italian foundations as drivers of social innovations in Italy. Despite her international research profile, she collaborates with several nonprofit organizations in Milan and Italy.
She earned a PhD on global philanthropy with the Department of Global Health and Development of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and got her MSc and Bachelor in Public Management at Bocconi University. Her international activities brought her to deepen her connections with international research networks on third sector and philanthropy (ERNOP, ARNOVA, ISTR) and leadership programmes (IVLP). Deeply passionate about science, literature and music, her interests cover any field where private creativity meets the public good.
Ricciuti, E. & Calò, F. ‘Are foundations assessing their impact? Concepts, methods and barriers to social impact assessment in Italian foundations’, International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing, first published online: October 29, 2018
Ricciuti, E. & Swierczynska, U. ‘Powering social innovations – the role of Italian foundations in facilitating social innovation. The grantees’ perspective’, Working Paper n.22, Vita&Pensiero, Milano: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.