Research centers


Fondazione Centro Studi sul Federalismo (CSF)
The CSF (originally Consorzio) was set up in 2000 by the Compagnia and Universities of Turin, Pavia and Milan; it  is a foundation since 2012 with headquarters in Moncalieri, at Collegio Carlo Alberto. The Compagnia supports its development as a think tank and forits policy-oriented activities, focused on projects concerning federalism within countries (fiscal federalism, regional autonomy), European federalism (European integration, common security and defence policy) and world federalism (international governance structure, energy and environmental policy ).

Torino World Affairs Institute (TWAI) is an association promoting  higher training and research in the international field, especially with reference to the “Emerging Actors” macro-areas – a feature of which is the specialization regarding Italy’s and Europe’s relationship with China -  Violence and Security and Global Policies. As well as the Compagnia’s support, Twai avails itself of collaboration  from the University of Turin, the Zhejiang University of Hangzhou and the ESCP Europe business school, and other institutional and research bodies such as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and SIPRI.

Centro Studi Africani (CSA), is an association founded  by Regione Piemonte, Comune and Provincia di Torino, and the University of Turin. Its aim is to stimulate and spread the knowledge of Africa’s history, cultures, languages, arts and ecosystem throughout Piedmont, to develop the study of African economic, social and political realities. The Centre’s activities are aimed at various parties in Piedmont such as universities, local business networks, chambers of commerce and trade associations, consortiums and associations that operate in the  cooperation for development.

Studi e Ricerche per il Mezzogiorno (SRM), is an association set up by Intesa Sanpaolo, Banco di Napoli, IMI Investimenti, Banca dell’Adriatico and Istituto Banco di Napoli Fondazione, specialized in research related to legislation, finance and local initiatives for  development; it also deals with themes regarding financing and building infrastructure needed for European and Mediterranean enhancement of the south of Italy. Since 2011, SRM has included a study area on the Mediterranean in its strategic plan, part of which is to set up an Observatory on Economic Relations between Italy and the Mediterranean area with support from the Compagnia regarding trade, finance, energy infrastructures, transport and logistics.

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) is an agency of the United Nations for applied research, specialised and post-university training,  technical cooperation and the spread of information on preventing crime. The main macro areas regard security governance, prevention of terrorism and violent extremism, reducing risks associated with CRBN materials (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear), security  during important events and urban security, crimes against the environment, illegal exploitation of  natural resources, cybercrime and counterfeiting.

United Nations System Staff College is an agency of the United Nations whose aim is to promote continuous learning of executives at various levels of their career. The College’s training courses attract around 400 participants per year and have a vast variety of themes: leadership, managing knowledge, preventing conflict, peacekeeping operations, cooperation in development programmes. These subjects are tackled and discussed as a group, to favour a common approach regarding the management of knowledge and competence and to share outlooks and experiences.

Centro Internazionale di Formazione dell’Organizzazione Internazionale del Lavoro (CIF-OIL) is the training body of International Labour Organization (ILO). Its mission is to  put training at the service of economic and social development, within the frame work of international labour standards and the Millennium Development Goals set forth by the UN. Every year the centre trains around 10,000 scholarship holders in Turin or on the field from over 190 countries. The last decade has  seen a rise in the collaboration with local organisations, in particular regarding Master’s Degree programmes set up in partnership with the University and Politecnico of Turin. Since 2009 the Compagnia has supported the Turin School of Development, which  brings together all Master’s courses carried out on Turin’s campus.

Hydroaid - Scuola Internazionale dell’Acqua per lo Sviluppo is an association that pursues the goals of assistance in training and the research for the development of competences  (“capacity building”) in the management and protection of water resources. The aim of the programmes promoted is to train managers from developing countries and transition economies to be able to contribute significantly to modernising water systems, aiming development strategies, investments and management methods towards better forms and more effective productions in order to improve water catchment, distribution and fruition.

ITHACA, established by the Politecnico di Torino and the United Nations World Food Programme, works in the field of early warning systems and response to emergencies arising from natural disasters for affected populations. Its activities consist in developing methods and instruments that can supply clear and immediate replies on the size and location of populations affected by natural disasters, to give humanitarian staff information and data acquired from early warning systems and technologies developed by the centre.