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Miss Michela Pagani

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Michela holds a BA from the University of Milan (Italy), a 1st level Specializing Master on Management and Control of Local Authorities (Master Perf.ET) from the University of Ferrara (Italy) and a Master Degree in Services' Management and Design from the University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy).

During her studies, she undertook some internships in different Italian Public Authorities (Municipalities, the Chamber of Commerce of Milan) and she started collaborating with other public organizations and associations. All these activities approached her and developed her interest in the study and understanding of public leadership, especially its collective nature, of community involvement and empowerment, of co-creation of public services and of service quality and accountability.

She is now a Doctoral Student at the Open University where she is researching “City Leadership in European Cities”.


Essential, complex and multi-form: the local leadership of civil society from an Anglo-Italian perspective (2020)
Pagani, Michela; Sancino, Alessandro and Budd, Leslie
Voluntary Sector Review ((Early Access))

Sport as a complex adaptive system for place-based leadership: Comparing five European cities with different administrative and socio-cultural traditions (2017)
Budd, Leslie; Sancino, Alessandro; Pagani, Michela; Kristmundsson, Ómar; Roncevic, Borut and Steiner, Michael
Local Economy, 32(4) (pp. 316-335)

Coproduction of Public Leadership: The Engagement of Mayors With Citizens, Managers and Politicians (2019-08-01)
Sancino, Alessandro; Carli, Giacomo; Giacomini, Davide and Pagani, Michela
In : Academy of Management Annual Meeting (09/08/2019-13/08/2019, Boston MA, USA)