Milio, Simona

Dr Simona Milio  


Position held

Associate Fellow


Guest Teacher


Experience keywords:

Cohesion policy; institution building; institutional capacity; multilevel governance; regional policy; social cohesion; social inclusion; social policy; structural funds

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Dr Simona Milio holds a PhD in European Studies from LSE. The main research interests and experience are: Cohesion Policy and Social Cohesion. At the moment, she is leading a project for the Bertelsmann Stiftung Foundation, which aims to set up a “Social inclusion monitor” over the next four years.

Recent research projects have covered: Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion of the European Union (European Parliament); Social Policy Experimentation (DG Employment); Social Inclusion of Young People: Transferability and implementation of the Youth Guarantee (Eurofound); Assessment Study of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Myanmar” (International Labour Organization); Preparatory Study for the ESF Ex Post Evaluation 2007-2013 (DG Employment); Study on the Costs and Benefits of Labour Mobility between the EU and the Eastern Partnership Partner Countries (Europe Aid); Ex-ante evaluation of programming documents and strengthening evaluation capacity for EU funds post-accession (EuropeAid130401/D/SER/HR); Mapping of VET Educational Policies and Practices for Social Inclusion and Social Cohesion – (ETF); Evaluation of the project ‘European Local Cooperation for Integration (The International Organization for Migration); Evaluation of the main achievements of Cohesion Policy programmes and projects over the longer term in 15 selected regions (from 1989-1993 programming period to the present) (DG Regio); Study on Sustainable Regeneration in Suburbs- promoting social integration in deprived neighbourhoods through housing interventions by the European Regional Development Fund (DG Regio); Feasibility Study on “Mapping out which actors and through which tools and steps could create an Non-Profit Organisations Observatory in the EU” (DG Home Affairs); Study on The impact of the Single Market on Cohesion: Implications for Cohesion Policy, Growth and Competitiveness (DG Regio); Ex post evaluation of the European Social Fund (2000-2006) (DG Employment).

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Greece; Italy; Spain

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Crescenzi, Riccardo and Luca, Davide and Milio, Simona (2016) Beyond the nation state: how European cities and regions responded to the financial crisis LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (19 May 2016) Blog entry

Crescenzi, Riccardo and Luca, Davide and Milio, Simona (2016) The geography of the economic crisis in Europe: national macroeconomic conditions, regional structural factors and short-term economic performance. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 9 (1). 13-32. ISSN 1752-1378


Corbett, Anne and Séné, Tanguy (2015) II. Education In: Arpe, Jan and Milio, Simona and Stuchlik, Andrej, (eds.) Social policy reforms in the EU: a cross national comparison. Bertelsmann Stiftung and the London School of Economics and Political Science, Gütersloh, Germany, 28-41.


Milio, Simona and Durazzi, Niccolo and Garnizova, Elitsa and Janowski, Pawel and Olechnicka, Agnieszka and Wojtowicz, Dominika (2014) Impact of the economic crisis on social, economic and territorial cohesion of the European Union Regional Development, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium.

Milio, Simona and Crescenzi, Riccardo and Schelkle, Waltraud and Durazzi, Niccolo and Garnizova, Elitsa and Janowski, Pawel and Olechnicka, Agnieszka and Wojtowicz, Dominika and Luca, Davide and Fossarello, Maria (2014) Impact of the economic crisis on social, economic and territorial cohesion of the European Union Regional Development, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium.

Garnero, Andrea and Milio, Simona, eds (2014) L'unione divisa: convergere per crescere insieme in Europa Il Mulino, Bologna, Italy. ISBN 978881524783-4

Bartlett, Will and Cino Pagliarello, Marina and Gordon, Claire E and Milio, Simona (2014) South Eastern Europe, Israel And Turkey: trends, perspectives and challenges in strengthening vocational education for social inclusion and social cohesion European Union, European Training Foundation, Turin, Italy. ISBN 9789291576180

Milio, Simona and Garnizova, Elitsa and Shkreli, Alma (2014) Assessment study of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Myanmar ILO Asia-Pacific Working Paper Series, International Labour Organization, ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand.


Grijpstra, D. H. and Buiskool, B. and Eshuis, P. and Milio, Simona (2013) Preparatory study for the ex post evaluation of ESF 2007-2013: Final report European Commission, Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion.

Milio, Simona and Todaro, Laura (2013) Evaluation of the main achievements of Cohesion Policy programmes and projects over the longer term in 15 selected regions (from 1989-1993 programming period to the present): case study Basilicata University of Strathclyde, European Policies Research Center, Glasgow, UK.

Milio, Simona (2013) Croatia should draw on universities to build its capacity for evaluating the use of EU funds. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (10 Jun 2013) Blog entry

Dodd, John and Fox, Tim and Güntner, Simon and Provan, Bert and Tosics, Iván and Somogyi, Eszter and Gerőházi, Éva and Milio, Simona and Fox, Tim and Jeffrey, Paul and Molyneux, Jenny (2013) Housing investments supported by the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013: housing in sustainable urban regeneration European Commission, Luxembourg. ISBN 9789279327636

Milio, Simona (2013) The conflicting effects of multi-level governance and the partnership principle: evidence from the Italian experience European Urban and Regional Studies, 21 (4). 384-397. ISSN 0969-7764


Milio, Simona and Lattanzi, Riccardo and Casadio, Francesca and Crosta, Nicola and Raviglione, Mario and Ricci, Paul and Scano, Fabio (2012) Brain drain, brain exchange and brain circulation: the case of Italy viewed from a global perspective Aspen Institute Italia, Rome, Italy.

Benedetto, Giacomo and Milio, Simona (2012) The investment in innovation and technology needed to combat the economic crisis may be the main casualties of the EU’s budget squeeze LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (24 Oct 2012) Blog entry

Benedetto, Giacomo and Milio, Simona, eds (2012) European Union budget reform: institutions, policy and economic crisis Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9781137004970


Milio, Simona (2010) Twenty years of European funding: Italy still struggling with implementation In: Mammone, Andrea and Veltr, Giuseppe A., (eds.) Italy Today: the Sick Man of Europe. Routledge, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780415561594

Milio, Simona (2010) From policy to implementation in the European Union: the challenge of a multi-level governance system Library of European Studies. I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd., London, UK. ISBN 9781848851238

Milio, Simona (2009) Rethinking social and regional cohesion: the need for a renewed policy In: Liddle, Roger, (ed.) An Eu 'Fit for Purpose' in the New Global Age. After the Crisis: a New Socio-Economic Settlement for the Eu. Policy Network, London, UK, 141-150.


Milio, Simona (2008) How political stability shapes administrative performance: the Italian case Western European Politics, 31 (5). 915-936. ISSN 0140-2382


Milio, Simona (2007) Can administrative capacity explain differences in implantation performances? Regional Studies, 41 (4). 429-442. ISSN 0034-3404

Milio, Simona (2007) Luci ed ombre nelle dinamiche dei partenariati per lo sviluppo. Lezioni da due PTO in Campania Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione, 34. ISSN 1826-0713

Milio, Simona (2007) Commentary on the title XVII economic and social cohesion, art. 158-162 In: Smit, H. and Herzog, P., (eds.) Smit and Herzog on the Law of the European Union. Matthew Bender, New York. ISBN 9780820569710


Milio, Simona (2006) Riforma dei fondi strutturali e performance Siciliane e messinesi nella governance dei programmi di spesa Europei In: Pareto, W., (ed.) Rapporto Sull’economia Della Provincia di Messina. University of Messina, Messina, Italy.


Milio, Simona (2005) Italy: learning from past mistakes Local Governance Brief, Winter. 28-31. ISSN 1785-6078

Milio, Simona and Crivellaro, P. and Santi, S. (2005) Imprese e allargamento UE: come investire e operare con successo nei nuovi paesi comunitari Agra Publishing, Bologna, Italy. ISBN 9788886850766

Milio, Simona (2005) Reform of the United Nation In: van den Anker, Christien and Smith, Rhona, (eds.) Essentials of Human Rights. Essential reference. Hodder Arnold, London, UK, 300-303. ISBN 9780340815748

Charette, Emily and Milio, Simona and Sigalas, Emmanuel (2005) Book review: sub national democracy in the European Union, by John Loughlin Journal of Contemporary European Research, 1 (1). 82-86. ISSN 1815-347X


Grillo, Francesco and Milio, Simona and O'Brien, Claire (2004) How to reform global governance The Democratic papers, British Council, Brussels, Belgium.

Gambaro, Ludovica and Milio, Simona and Simoni, Marco (2004) Partnerships for development: studies on territorial employment pacts in Italy Decent work research programme, International Labour Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland. ISBN 9290147458

Gambaro, Ludovica and Milio, Simona and Simoni, Marco (2004) Partnership for development: the weight of civil society in Italian territorial employment pacts Discussion Papers Series, International Institute for Labour Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. ISBN 9290147458

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First prize for the best doctoral thesis in the Committee of the Region's (EU) Theses Competition 2009 on 'Local and Regional Authorities in the European Union'.

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Dr Simona Milio has held different post within LSE. She was Associate Director of the Economic Social and Cohesion Laboratory, from 2008 to 2011, she then moved to work as Associate Director of the Social and Cohesion Policy Unit at LSE Enterprise until March 2015. She is now Associate Fellow at the European Institute where she teaches a course on European Political Economy . Her area of research ranges across European public policy and political economy, especially in the framework of EU policy developments and cross-country comparisons, with a focus social and cohesion policy at both national and regional level. Dr Milio has significant experience of working as an expert for the European Institutions, especially European Commission (DG Regio, DG employment), European Parliament as well as other organizations such as Europe Aid, Eurofound, European Training Foundation, International Labour Organization and national and regional bodies.

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