Milio, Simona

Dr Simona Milio  


Position held

European Institute

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Associate Director – Social and Cohesion Policy

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Experience keywords:

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

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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 4 years.

Recent research projects have covered: the impact of the economic crisis on the social, territorial and economic dimensions of cohesion policy; achievements of cohesion policy at regional level from 1988; social policy innovation; vocational education training.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Greece; Italy; Spain

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020 7955 6824


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


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


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, 155. 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 is Associate Director of the Social and Cohesion Policy Unit. She holds a PhD in European Studies from LSE. 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 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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