Massimiliano Nuccio

Massimiliano Nuccio

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Research Fellow

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
Ash House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT

Massimiliano has joined City REDI as Research Fellow in February 2019 after more than 10 years of academic experience in Italy and Germany. He is an applied economist with a background in policy and management (MA/MSc) and information economics (PhD).

His research interests cover different topics on urban and regional studies, but in particular he has specialized in the cultural and creative industries, cultural-driven economic development, cultural consumption and consumer behaviour. His social sciences perspective is sincerely multidisciplinary combining approaches and theories from economics, sociology and geography.

In his latest publications he has explored the impact of digital transformation and the nature of the data-driven economy. In particular, over the past few years at the University of Torino, he has contributed to establish a research centre on big data analytics and has been managing projects to improve the knowledge and understanding of data science applied to social and economic problems.


  • National Scientific Habilitation as Associate Professor in Applied Economic (2018) and Economic Policy (2014), MIUR - Italian National Department for Education, University and Scientific Research
  • Doctorate (PhD) in Economics of Communication, IULM University Milano (ITA) 2007               
  • MA in Museums and Galleries Management, City University London (UK) 2003            
  • BA and MSc in Business Administration, Bocconi University Milano (ITA) 1999       


Recent publications


Bertacchini, E, Nuccio, M & Durio, A 2019, 'Proximity tourism and cultural amenities: Evidence from a regional museum card', Tourism Economics.

Nuccio, M, Guerzoni, M & Katz-Gerro, T 2018, 'Beyond class stratification: the rise of the eclectic music consumer in the modern age', Cultural Sociology, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 343-367.

Nuccio, M & Guerzoni, M 2018, 'Big data: hell or heaven? Digital platforms and market power in the data-driven economy', Competition and Change, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 312-328.

Lidegaard, C, Nuccio, M & Bille, T 2018, 'Fostering and planning urban regeneration: the governance of cultural districts in Copenhagen', European Planning Studies, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 1-19.

Ambrosino, A, Cedrini, M, Davis, J, Fiori, S, Guerzoni, M & Nuccio, M 2018, 'What topic modeling could reveal about the evolution of economics', Journal of Economic Methodology, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 329-348.

Nuccio, M & Ponzini, D 2017, 'What does a cultural district actually do? critically reappraising 15 years of cultural district policy in Italy', European Urban and Regional Studies, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 405-424.

Nuccio, M 2015, 'Capital of culture and capital from culture: rhetoric and risks of the cultural 'growth machine'', Urbanistica, vol. 155, pp. 91-95.

Maggiolino, MT, Montagnani, ML & Nuccio, M 2014, 'Cultural content in the digital arena: toward the hybridization of legal and business models', Organizational Aesthetics, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 42-63. <>

Carlei, V & Nuccio, M 2014, 'Mapping industrial patterns in spatial agglomeration: a SOM approach to Italian industrial districts', Pattern Recognition Letters, vol. 40, pp. 1-10.

Guerzoni, M & Nuccio, M 2014, 'Music consumption at the dawn of the music industry: the rise of a cultural fad', Journal of Cultural Economics, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 145-171.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Nuccio, M & Pedrini, S 2014, Arts between tradition and marginality: a relational approach. in A Schramme, R Kooyman & G Hagoort (eds), Beyond Frames. Dynamics between the creative industries, knowledge institutions and the urban context. 1st edn, Eburon Academic Publisher, Delft, pp. 123-131.


Nuccio, M & Ponzini, D 2015, Le strategie di rigenerazione urbana della città creativa. in F Montanar & L Mizzau (eds), Laboratori urbani. Organizzare la rigenerazione urbana attraverso la cultura e l'innovazione sociale. vol. 51, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini, pp. 83-90.

Nuccio, M, Mizzau, L & Montanari, F 2014, Politiche culturali e territorio. in Il diritto dell'arte - La protezione del patrimonio artistico. vol. 3, SKIRA, Milano, pp. 27-40.

Working paper

Estolatan, E, Geuna, A, Guerzoni, M & Nuccio, M 2018 'Mapping the evolution of the robotics industry: a cross country comparison' LEI & Brick Working Paper Series, no. 12, 2018 edn, University of Turin, Torino, pp. 1-32.

Di Caro, L, Guerzoni, M, Nuccio, M & Siragusa, G 2017 'A bimodal network approach to model topic dynamics' arXiv, pp. 1-26. <>

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