Bio Prof. Dr. Luigino BruniBio Prof. Dr. Luigino Bruni

Prof. Dr. Luigino Bruni was born in Ascoli Piceno in 1966.

He is an Associate Professor at the University of Milan-Bicocca, Economics Department and at the Sophia University of Loppiano in Florence.

In 1989, he graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Ancona in Italy. From 1996 to 1998, Luigino pursued further studies in the UK. He attended the London School of Economics on the first year and the University of East Anglia the following year. 

In 1998, he completed his first PhD in the History of Economics at the University of Florence in Italy.

In 2004 Luigino returned to the U.K. where he earned his second PhD in Economics at the University of East Anglia.

For the last 15 years his research has covered many areas ranging from Microeconomics, Ethics and Economics, History of Economic Thought, Methodology of Economics, Sociality and Happiness in Economics. Recently, he has demonstrated great interest on the Civil Economy and economic-related categories, such as Reciprocity and Gratuitousness.

Luigino has written many books on these topics, many of them in Italian though some have been published in English (e.g. Reciprocity, altruism and civil society, Routledge, London, 2008; A Handbook on The Economics of Happiness, edited with P. Porta, Elgar, 2007; Civil Economy, with S. Zamagni, Peter Lang, Oxford, 2007; Civil Happiness, Routledge, London, 2006).

In 2008, he won the Silver Prize at the “Templeton Enterprise Awards” for Civil Happiness.

Luigino’s current research focuses on the role of intrinsic motivation in economic and civil life. 

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