The Mediterranean is a space of relations and, simultaneously, a border between cultures, civilisations and economic systems. Those elements of fragmentation and conflict that scatter the history of the Mediterranean have also facilitated, over time, the development of dense trade relations and intense cultural exchanges. It is true that in recent decades, divergent growth paths in the two shores of the basin have widen the gaps in terms of demographic growth, socio-economic development and quality of institutions, yet a longer-term perspective identifies clear and solid elements of homogeneity and common features among Mediterranean regions. Hence, in the long run those differences causing imbalances and disharmony may contribute to generate complementarity and spur growth and development for all countries in the area. For this to occur, however, one needs targeted policy interventions, the willingness to cooperate and collaborate among national governments, the involvement of European institutions and the rethinking of the objectives and instruments of the European Union's Euro-Mediterranean Policy. The mission of the Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Society is to study the dynamics and nature of the growth and development processes of the countries in the area. The regional focus hinges on the strategic centrality of the Mediterranean, both geo-economic and political. At the intersection of three continents, this sea is the centre of gravity of trade in goods, energy resources, men and technology between North and South and between East and West. On a geopolitical level, the dialogue between Europe and the Mediterranean is essential to support the closely linked political transition taking place in the countries on the southern shore, the fight against terrorism and the management of migration flows. The reading of such a complex and rapidly evolving reality requires multidisciplinary analyses that intersect historical, economic, geographical and sociological models and methodologies with the aim of understanding the each country short and long term growth trajectories. Such dynamics, in fact, have peculiarities that can hardly emerge from analyses focused on individual countries or micro areas. The ultimate aim is to provide explanation of phenomena, projections on possible future scenarios and policy guidelines that can support targeted interventions to reduce imbalances and stimulate growth in the area. The research activities are based on a number of fundamental thematic axes which, by enhancing the Institute's scientific expertise, aim to describe different aspects of the Mediterranean countries by means of the analysis of development processes and regional dualism, which sees the functional dependence between poor and rich areas; the comparative and prospective analysis of governance and institutional building processes and their functioning in the European and Euro-Mediterranean context; the study of the territory, environment and landscape as factors of development and stability; the study of trade flows and logistics; the study of migration and socio-cultural phenomena. 


No. 92 of Meridiana journal. Review of history and social sciencess, is now available.

The latest issue of the magazine edited by Gabriella Corona and Rocco Sciarrone, is dedicated to the theme "Migrations and fascism" and hosts an essay by Stefano Gallo entitled "Internal migration in the South and policies of mobility between the two wars".


for young people between 14 and 25 years old

Naples 2200

A city at the time of climate change

Mediterranean, the Sea that Unites. New Prospects for the Agri-Food System

Publisher: Cisalpino Istituto Editoriale Universitario

Curators: Desirée A.L. Quagliarotti, Elena Viganò

The book is now published:

Storia dell'immigrazione straniera in Italia. Dal 1945 ai giorni nostri

Michele Colucci

Carocci editore

It has been published the book:
Il calzare di piombo. Materiali di ricerca sul mutamento tecnologico nel Regno delle Due Sicilie

by Maurizio Lupo

edited by Franco Angeli

Volume 11 Issue 2 2018 of the journal Global Environment: A Journal of Transdisciplinary History has been published.

Special Issue: Crash Testing Property. How Disasters Reshape and Reveal Property Institutions (Europe and Asia, Nineteenth to Twenty-first Centuries)
edited by Marc Elie and Fabien Locher



The ISSM carries out, promotes and coordinates research activities with objectives of excellence at national and international level, aimed at expanding knowledge in the field of human sciences, identified in the framework of European cooperation and integration and collaboration with universities and other entities, both public and private. It carries out activities of communication and promotion of research, taking care of the dissemination of the related economic and social results within the country. It collaborates with the region and the local administrations, in order to promote, through joint research initiatives, the development of the specific productive realities of the territory. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator



This section highlights the scientific contribution of the various research groups of the Institute through the development of projects and sub-projects, carried out with internal funds or external funding.



In order to facilitate the exchange of information and the transfer of research results, the ISSM periodically organises conferences and study days. An archive with the main reports in slides or videos is available on the pages of the events.



The ISSM periodically organizes specialized seminars that, focusing on a single topic, promote the enhancement of the professionalism of participants with the transfer of scientific knowledge related to ongoing research.



The scientific production of the institute's staff is classified according to the types established in the CNR's People IT system.

Third mission

Third mission

The Institute plays an important role in many third mission activities, such as the dissemination of the results of scientific research to the general public, participation in committees and councils, training activities also in school-work alternation and support activities for companies.



The book collection of the Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Societies is made of about twelve thousand books that make up a specialized collection of a socio-economic kind.