Associate Professor
Silvia Sacchetti 


Universities & Institutions

  • University of Trento

Areas of Interest

  • Social enterprise
  • Third sector organisations
  • Governance
  • Social capital


Silvia Sacchetti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento. Her current research addresses the governance and networking of organisations that produce meritorious goods, within two sectors in particular:

  • work integration social enterprises and their implications for communities and stakeholders. In 2015 she was granted competitive OU funds on social enterprise governance, which developed into a successful Leverhulme Research Grant (£10,000) awarded by the British Academy to address research questions on work integration social enterprises.
  • the cultural sector, and in particular creative occupations and cultural nonprofit organisations, currently focusing on cultural voluntary organisations, music schools and musicians and their implications for communities and stakeholders

Her early research has been concerned with the limits of corporate hierarchies, and especially with the development implications of concentration of decision-making power in production governance in terms of uneven development amongst people and localities. Starting from critical literature, she has studied production governance solutions for the development of inclusive economies and localities, and for building inclusive relations amongst communities of interest at all societal levels. Specifically, her earlier research focused on the study of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), their networks and clusters as industrial development models.

She holds a PhD in Commerce and a MSc in Business Research from the University of Birmingham.

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