The University of Perugia, founded in 1308, is one of the oldest universities in Italy and one of the most accredited, offering a wide variety of courses in all fields at the under-graduate, post-graduate and Phd levels. The Department of Political Science of the University of Perugia is among the 180 Departments of Excellence selected for 2018-2022 by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education and Research. The Department leads the inter-departmental Centre of studies and advanced education on Legality and Participation (LEPA), which carries out research and education in five main areas: quality of institutions, public ethics, policies against corruption; participatory and deliberative democracy; legality and integration among cultures; legality, social rights and social welfare in Europe; legality and participation in the democratization process. 

Michela Gnaldi is Associate professor of Applied Statistics at the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Perugia. She is the PI of the CO.R.E project, and consultant of the Italian National Anti-Corruption Authority and of other national and international agencies (i.e., UNHCR, World Bank). Since 2016, she leads a thematic area within the Italian Association for Quality of Life (AIQUAV) on Contrast to corruption, social integrity and quality of life. She is member of the steering committee of the University of Perugia inter-departmental Centre of studies and advanced education on Legality and Participation (LEPA). She is the official representative of the University of Perugia within the ECPR – European Consortium for Political Research – and its standing group on (Anti-)Corruption and Integrity.

Maria Giovanna Ranalli is Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Perugia (Italy). She has participated in many national and international research projects and has (co)-authored more than 100 scientific publications, most of which in international statistical journals (Researcher ID: M-4761-2013; ORCID: 0000-0001-7005-8572). In particular, her research interests focus on statistical methods for inference for finite populations and on their socio-economic, environmental and health applications.

Marco Mazzoni is an Associate professor in communication sociology at the Department Political Sciences of the University of Perugia. He teaches lobbying, public relations and mass media in the course of communication sciences. His work has been published in European Journal of Communication, Journalism, Celebrity Studies, International Journal of Press Politics, International Journal of Cultural Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Journalism Studies, Problemi dell’Informazione, among others.

Benedetto Ponti is Associate Professor of Administrative Law at the Department of Political Science, University of Perugia, where he teaches Administrative Law and Digital Media Law. He is director of the Master’s degree in Experts in Planning and Management of Anticorruption and Transparency he is a member of the Cyber Security National Lab – UniPg Node and an external expert of the National Anti-Corruption Authority for the formulation of indicators for the prevention of administrative corruption.

Simone Del Sarto is assistant professor of Social Statistics at the Department of Political Science of the University of Perugia. He is consultant of the Italian National Anti-Corruption Authority as statistician. His main interests deal with latent variable models and composite indicators construction in the field of education and corruption measurement. He is member of scientific committee of CO.R.E. project.

Niccolò Salvini is currently a PhD in Healthcare data science at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome. Previously, he has been a freelancer, delivering machine learning and data pipelines as well as web development with R and Python frameworks. His research interests range from spatial statistics and data quality to deep learning. He is involved in the CO.R.E. project in the quality of Data Scientist.

Luigi Pianesi is a lawyer in the field of Administrative Law. He has obtained a Ph.D. in Regional and Local Authorities at the Università Politecnica delle Marche. He has been lecturer of Economic Law and of Public Procurement and Construction Law. He has authored publications in the field of public and administrative law with focus on local banking, public contracts, credit rating agencies, renewable energies and planning law. He is involved in the CO.R.E. project in the quality of Assistant Researcher in the field of administrative and public procurement law.

Giulio Giacomo Cantone holds a PhD in Complex Systems, and his research is focused on text mining, network-based models, fraud detection management, and statistical methods for the estimation of uncertainty in scientific inference. He is interested in anything related to information management and the application of statistical modelling and data science to decision-making.