The Governance

Dean

El Rector Gavino Mariotti

Gavino Mariotti has been a Full Professor of Economic-Political Geography at the University of Sassari since 2010. His interests in research initially focussed on the study of environmental issues related to mining activities. This field of study was subsequently broadened to incorporate economic aspects and local development. He has carried out specific research on the territory related to tourism with the perspective of rediscovering and giving value to the hinterland of Sardinia as well as mapping aspects connected to tourism.
More recently, his research activity has been centred on analysing territorial competitiveness. Since 2015, he has been in charge of the “Environment and Territory – Data Analysis” laboratory of the Department of Humanistic and Social Sciences (University of Sassari) which carries out scientific research and advanced training in areas related to geography, the environment, territory and society, mapping and historical-geographical areas. Since
2020, he has been a member of the scientific committee of the series Route – Geografia dei trasporti e del turismo (TAB Edition).
Gavino Mariotti has been a member of the Board of Directors and the Academic Senate of the Università di Sassari many times. From 1962 to 2002 he was elected by the Regional Council of Sardinia as Advisor to the administrative body of E.R.S.U. (Ente Regionale per il diritto allo Studio Universitario di Sassari).
From 2012 to 2016 he was Head of the Department of Humanistic and Social Sciences.

On the 25 of November 2020, the second round of voting for the election of the Dean for the academic years going from 2020/2021 - 2025/2026 took place. The winner of the election was Professor Gavino Mariotti.
Full details on the recent election can be found on the dedicated page.

Curriculum Vitae

Deputy Dean

Deputy Dean – ANDREA FAUSTO PIANA

Since 2006 he has been Full Professor of General and Applied Hygiene (MED/42) at the Department of Medical, Surgical and Experimental Sciences at the University of Sassari.

During 2009-2013 he was President of the Master programme in Pharmacy and, since 2014, he has been Coordinator of the Doctorate programme of Biomedical Sciences. In 2018 he was nominated as President of the Commission of Visiting Professors of the University of Sassari. Since 2018 he has been Regional Coordinator of the Italian Multidisciplinary Society for the Prevention of Infections and Health Organisations (S.I.M.P.I.O.S.).

His research activity is documented by numerous scientific publications in national and international journals in the areas of hospital hygiene and the epidemiology and prevention of infectious and non-infectious diseases. More specifically, his interest has focussed on the research of resistance genes in microorganisms to antibiotics and on the epidemiology of infections from Human Papilloma Virus, Meningococco and Pneumococco, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, Helicobacter pylori through the application of traditional diagnostic techniques and molecular biology.
 

Deputy Dean of Legal Matters - GIOVANNI MARIA UDA

Full Professor of Private Law at the Department of Law, where he is Chair of Civil Law and Private Law Institutions and where he has also taught Family Law. He is Deputy Professor of Private Law at the Department of Humanistic and Social Sciences of the University of Sassari.

He was Vice Director of the Department of Law from 2015 to 2017 and Director of the School for Specialisation of Legal Professions from 2014 to 2017.
He is Vice Coordinator and a member of the Panel of Research Doctorates in Legal Sciences.

He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Forensic Training School of Nuoro.
 

Deputy Dean of Medical and Health Matters - ANGELA SPANU

Graduate of Medicine and Surgery specialising in Nuclear Medicine, she completed her entire academic career at the University of Sassari where she has been Full Professor of Nuclear Medicine since 2010 (SSD MED/36 – Diagnostica per Immagini e Radioterapia).
Since 2004 she has been the Director of the School of Specialisation in Nuclear Medicine.
She has carried out support activity at the Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria (AOU) of Sassari as Director of the Nuclear Medicine complex and PET Centre since 2013.
She is Vice President of the satellite of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Chair of Nuclear Medicine in the Master courses of Medicine and Surgery and Odontology and Dental Prosthesis and the courses of Radiobiology and Radioprotection in the undergraduate programme in the Area of Health and Wellness.
She is currently President of the undergraduate programme in Medical Radiology Techniques, through Images and Radiotherapy and board faculty member of the Research Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences.
She is a member of the Regional Observatory for the training of Medical-Specialist in the Area of Clinical Services.

Her research activity is centred mainly on the use of highly sophisticated medical nuclear methods (molecular Imaging, SPECT, SPECT/TC, PET/TC) in oncological pathology (K mammary, pulmonary, thyroidal and prostatic and neuroendocrine tumours), neurological pathology (neurodegenerative illnesses) and endocrinological pathology (hyperparathyroidism), and on radiomics, which represent the main focus of her scientific publications.
She is part of the Editorial Board of the journals “Oncology Reports” and “American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging”.
She is a registered member of the Italian Association of Nuclear Medicine (AIMN), of which she is Regional Delegate, the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) and the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM).

Deputy Dean of Finance - LUDOVICO MARINÒ

Following a degree in Business Economics with honours, he obtained a PhD in Business Economics at the University of Pisa in 1998. In 2002 he took up post at the University of Sassari as Associate Professor and since 2011 he has been Full Professor of  Business Economics (Scientific-disciplinary Sector SECS P/ 07) at the Department of Business Economics Sciences (DiSea) where he was Director for two mandates from November 2014 to October 2020. In 2017 and under his guidance, DiSea was recognised by the Ministry (MIUR) as Department of Excellence and in 2019 it passed the accreditation process of ANVUR.

He currently teaches Strategy and Corporate Business Management in the Master programme of Business Economics, Finance and economic-financial analysis in the undergraduate programme of Economics and Business.

His main research centres on management in the public sector, with a particular interest for health care management, higher education management and performance management. He has authors numerous national and international scientific publications on these themes and he has taken part in qualified research programmes.

He is currently a member of the Research unit of the University of Sassari as part of the PRIN 2017 project “From high school to job placement: micro-data life course analysis of university student mobility and its impact on the Italian North-South divide”.
 

Deputy Dean of Training and Advanced Training - PAOLA PITTALUGA

Associate Professor of Urban Planning Techniques at the University of Sassari, where she teaches Environmental Planning in the undergraduate course of City Planning, Territorial Planning, Environmental and Landscape Planning. She was Director of the Department of Architecture, Design e Urban Planning from 2018 to 2020. Dean appointed delegate of Didactics from November 2014 to December 2017. President f the undergraduate programme in City Planning, Territorial Planning, Environmental and Landscape Planning and the international Master programme in Urban and Political Planning for the City, the Environment and Landscape from June 2012 to October 2014, Coordinator of the  International Doctorate in Architecture and the Environment from 2013 (XIX cycle) to 2015. Vice Director of the Doctorate School in Architecture and Planning from 2006 to 2012. In February 2014 she became ‘prima fascia’ professor nel settore concorsuale 08/F1 - Band 2012.

She is currently associate editor of the scientific journal Open Access City, Territory and Architecture (CTA) - An interdisciplinary debate on project perspectives – class A journal, member of the editorial committee of the del Territorial Methods series of FrancoAngeli editors and the Urban and Landscape perspectives series of Springer editors.

She teaches Environmental Planning in the undergraduate programme in City Planning, Territorial Planning, Environmental and Landscape Planning.

Her more recent publications include: “Landscape as a Common. Collective Protection and Management”, in S. Serreli (ed), City Project, Public Space, Springer, The Netherlands, 2013; “Plan and project as resistance strategies. Didactics, planning and designing in a continuous changing era”, in City, Territory and Architecture, n. 3, 2016; Tourist and coastal settlements and sustainability. Regeneration Projects, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2018.

Deputy Dean of Personnel - CIRIACO CARRU

Ciriaco Carru is Full Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology  at the Department of Biomedical Science; he has long researched circulating biomarkers indicating tumours, cardiovascular, chronic degenerative and age dependent illnesses; he is also in service at the Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria di Sassari.

In collaboration with national and international researchers he has written over 250 complete scientific articles, with anonymous reviewers, in international journals on PUBMed and approved by Scopus and Web of Science, with h-index 32.

He is a member of the panel of Professor of the Research Doctorate in Life sciences and biotechnologies.

He received a prize for his scientific production from the University of Sassari from 2004 to 2008, and in 2011 and 2013.

He has been Director of the School of Specialisation in Clinical Biochemistry; President of the Master programme in Sciences of Technical Diagnostic Health Professions; Vice President of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery satellite of the University di Sassari;

He is President of the undergraduate programme in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques of the University of Sassari;

He has been Chair of Working Group: Congresses and Postgraduate Education for the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM); he is a member of the Board of Directors and Delegate for Sardinia of the Italian Society of Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology (SIBIOC).

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ente Regionale al Diritto allo Studio Universitario (ERSU) of Sassari.

He has been Regional Secretary of the University CISL Federation.
 

Deputy Dean of Research - GIUSEPPE PULINA

Since 2003 he has been Full Professor of Specialised Zootechnics (SSD AGR 19) at the University di Sassari.
Agronomist and Doctor of Research, he is Full Professor of Specialised Zootechnics at the Department of Agriculture at the University of Sassari. He has also been Director of the Department of Agriculture at the University of Sassari, the Department of Zootecnics Sciences, member of the board of Directors and Senator. He teaches Ethics and Sustainability of Animal Farming and Hygiene and Hygiene and Wellness of Animal Farming in the prgramme of Zootecnics Production Sciences and Research Philosophy and Ethics in the doctorate programme of Agricultural Sciences.
 

Deputy Dean of Third Mission - Pier Andrea Serra

Pier Andrea Serra is Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Department of Medical, Surgical and Experimental Sciences and Associate Researcher at the Institute of Food Production Sciences of CNR. He is Chair of the course in Pharmacology in biomedical areas and President of the undergraduate programme in Sciences of Nutrition, Health and Wellness where he teaches Pharmacology and Nutraceutics.

Pier Andrea Serra’s research activity is shared between the study of neurochemical mechanisms of neurodegeneration (Parkinson in particular) and the development of new technologies based on biosensors, to monitor the chemistry of the central nervous system and useful nutraceutics for the prevention of neurodegenerative illnesses.

His work in the Third Mission focusses on monitoring, developing and giving value to the activities of Public and Social Engagement seen as a series of organic and institutional actions promoted by the University of Sassari, as a cultural agency, for civilian society. Particular attention is given to the evaluation of the impact and the benefits of these activities on society as a whole.

His conviction is that the dimensions of Public Engagement, and the interaction with society in general, constitute substantial elements in the formative and professional training of students, researchers and technical-administrative personnel. To this end, he promotes the these policies both locally and nationally, as member (March 2018) of the Coordinating Committee of the Italian Network of Universities and Research centres for Public Engagement (APENet).
 

Deputy Dean of University and Territory Relations - ANTONIETTA MAZZETTE

Antonietta Mazzette is Full Professor of Urban Sociology (scientific discipline sector SPS/10) at the University of Sassari.

She teaches Analysis of Urban Societies in the undergraduate programme of Information Communication and Professions and Environmental and Territorial Sociology in the undergraduate programme of International Safety and Cooperation; Urban Cultures and Metropolitan Professions in the Master programme of Cultural Industry Communication at the Faculty of Political Science at Cattolica University of Milan.

The Academic Senate

The Academic Senate is the main advisory body of the University, that is responsible for the coordination, planning and regulation of academic activities. It offers advice and opinions to the Board of Trustees in the fields of education, research and services available to students. It also proposes the launch or termination of curricular courses and academic hubs.

For the updated list of members, visit the official page.

The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (Consiglio di amministrazione) is the strategic body of the University that is responsible for the financial management of the institution. It requests the opinion of the Academic Senate and is responsible for the launch or termination of curricular courses and academic hubs.

For the updated list of members, visit the official page.

The General Manager

Marco Breschi

Marco Breschi

He graduated in Economics and Business in 1981 from the University of Florence and obtained a PhD in Demography in 1987 from the University of Florence – Padova- Rome.
He is an expert in various areas of demography. He has published books, essays, articles (approximately 300 works), he has led research groups, organised scientific conferences
and has been keynote speaker in many conventions and seminars.
From 2001 to 2006, he served as President of the Italian Society of Historical Demography and from 2000 to 2002 he was member of the Committee of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He also helped to establish scientific communities and journals, and currently head the journal Popolazione e Storia.

Since 2005, he has been Full Professor of Demography in the Department of Economics and Business at the University of Sassari.

Other governing bodies

For a full organizational chart of the University of Sassari, visit the official webpage (Italian).