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About Us

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Efficient interaction with European institutions can determine the success of public and private companies. It represents a key-factor for the growth of big and medium-sized firms in all member states of the European Monetary Union. Companies often lack a thorough and adequate knowledge of the European regulatory framework, and European institutions need to improve their capacity to assess the impact of regulation on the private sector. 

The School of European Political Economy (SEP) is a twin and complementary institution to the LUISS School of Government (SOG). Both operate under the umbrella of the LUISS School of Governmental Studies (LSGS). 


The aim of the School is to establish a research and policy center focused on European affairs and capable of providing valuable input to the Italian and European debate on the process of European integration and institution building, with a view toward strengthening the Italian government’s ability to develop effective strategies.

In order to achieve this goal, the School takes advantage of LUISS's ability to attract prominent researchers and experts. It also benefits from around forty Senior Fellows, all of whom add notable international connections. These scholars broaden their cultural outreach by circulating their research through the SEP website (, connecting them to related institutions in Italy and abroad, and provide suggestions to help orient the School’s activities. The Senior Fellows, as well as prominent speakers from both the public and private sector, are periodically invited to be part of our successful seminar program on selected research and policy topics.

SEP has also established links with the main centers of European economic research, where its faculty is already actively involved. Through its Visiting Fellowship program, the School invites both junior and senior international scholars to stay for one to three months in Rome. Here, the Visiting Scholars can further and share their research project, before presenting it to the SEP community during one of our recurring seminars.


SEP is directed by Marcello Messori (LUISS University, Rome), and has a Scientific Council chaired by Stefano Micossi (Collège d’Europe, Bruges and Assonime, Rome). Other members of its Council are: Marcello Clarich (LUISS), Marcello De Cecco (LUISS), Stefano Manzocchi (LUISS), Pier Carlo Padoan (University of Rome la Sapienza), Francesco Saraceno (OFCE, Paris and Sciences-Po, Paris), and Gianni Toniolo (LUISS).

The core research team is composed of six full-time researchers and the think tank has ready access to expertise from the above-mentioned network of Senior Fellows. External scholars and researchers interested in its activities are members of a committee known as SEP Friends.

Mariagiulia Porcelli is responsible for executive coordination. Leonardo Risorto is the academic tutor for SEP's master's programs, and Layla Tarar is the editor of our website. 

Master's Program

SEP offers a second-level Master in European Economic Governance (MEEG). It is a one-year program taught in English, aiming to form experts on European regulatory issues by providing a solid background in advanced economics and a deep understanding of EU and EMU institutions. It culminates in an eight week program in Brussels, at the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), where students can gain practical experience through frontal lectures, seminars, interactive sessions, and visits to the European institutions.

In conjunction with the School of Public Administration, SEP also offers a one-year Master in Scienze Comportamentali e Amministrazioni (SCA). Taught in Italian, it aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for management-level jobs in Italian public administration.