INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Interuniversity Research Centre for Sustainable Development of Sapienza University of Rome
Mission and Objectives: 
To promote research and academic activities on sustainable development related to a number of scientific disciplines by coordinating and participating in networks of excellence, research projects, and activities for local development at international level. The Centre counts 300 professors, researchers and experts as ordinary members belonging to the nine Italian universities joining the centre, and 50 experts with high-level specialisation involved in projects promoted, coordinated or carried out by the Centre.
Formal Mandate: 
The Interuniversity Research Centre on Sustainable Development of Sapienza University of Rome was established in April 1988 thanks to the joint initiative of nine Italian Universities. The Center is organized into Sections. The Section "Population, Health and Geographic Information Systems" was established in 1994 to carry out research and applications in the fields of population statistics and geography considered as integrated and inter-connected disciplines for the implementation of high-quality studies and applications on population science. Based on the strong linkage between population and environment, data on places where people live is handled as an essential component of demographic and socio-economic data collection, data management, data analysis and data dissemination. This new multidisciplinary methodological approach to population investigations requires scientists and professionals of different disciplines: statisticians; demographers; geographers; cartographers; topographers; IT experts; epidemiologists; anthropologists; sociologists; etc. They are mainly academic staff from the CIRPS – Sapienza University of Rome and the other Universities associated.
The principal activities carried out by the Section "Population, Health and Geographic Information Systems" include: o The direct implementation of population-related development and research projects in EU and developing countries supported by the European Union, the Italian Development Cooperation and other National and International Organisations; o The coordination and realization, in collaboration with other academic institutions, of research programmes focused on the use of new technologies, such as Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing and Global Positioning System (GPS), to experiment new methods and procedures in the fields of census and survey data collection, management, analysis and dissemination; o The provision of lectures, practical laboratory modules and target training courses on the organizational and methodological design of fieldwork population data collection, questionnaire design, data management, data analysis (including spatial analysis) and data dissemination both, for graduate and post-graduate students from Italy and from transition and developing countries; o The participation, as a partner or as international experts provider, to international training and technical assistance projects in the field of statistics to support National Statistical Offices of transition and developing countries to increase their internal analytical capacity building mainly in the data quality integrity during the collection, management, processing and dissemination of statistical data.
The centre is a network of Italian universities: Cassino, "Della Tuscia" of Viterbo, Lecce, Macerata, Palermo, Perugia, Rome "Sapienza", Sassari and Turin. The membership of the Politecnico of Turin and University of L’Aquila are being ratified.

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Italy, Balkan countries, east and north Africa
    Societal Sector
    Research, education
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Research and project activities in the fields of statistics, GIS and population studies. Participant at the annual Eurostat/GISCO working party meeting.
    Environmental application domains
    Environmental monitoring, integrated coastal zone management and renewable energy
    Primary Business
    Research and education