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Research group

Luca Pietrantoni

Professor of Work & Organisational Psychology, Coordinator of the Research team

Luca Pietrantoni is a Full Professor at the University of Bologna. He is the coordinator of the EU-funded project XCYCLE and the director of Second cycle degree in Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology at the University of Bologna (Italy). His main research interests and areas of intervention include human factors in transport, human-machine interface, and psychosocial dimensions of safety and risk. He has published in international academic journals, such as Accident Analysis & Prevention, Risk Analysis e Frontiers in Psychology.

Gabriele Prati

Assistant Professor

Gabriele Prati is a Researcher and Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna. He has a wide experience in teaching and providing consultancy about non-technical skills in critical environments. He looks back on more than 10 years of experience as a researcher, as well as more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals. His research interests and area of intervention concern accident analysis, risk perception, and psychosocial determinants of behavior. 

Federico Fraboni

Ph.D. Candidate

Federico holds a Masters' degree in Work, Organisational and Personnel Psychology. He provided teaching activities on “non-technical” skills for emergency workers and he has been trained in emergency risk management. He is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program of the University of Bologna, conducting research on safety technologies for cyclists. His main research interests and areas of intervention regard in acceptability and users' behavioural adaptation of new technologies, human-machine interfaces, and risky behaviours.

Annagrazia Tria

Junior Researcher

Annagrazia is a psychologist enrolled in the professional register of the Emilia-Romagna region and psychotherapist in training at the Academy of Behavioural Sciences. She achieved her Master Degree in Psychobiology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Parma, whose dissertation analyzed the effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction protocol on cognitive and emotional dimensions in adulthood and developmental age. Before her graduation in Psychology, she also obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Bari. Her research interests concern mental health and behavioural change. Currently, her scientific activities are focused on the research project title "BRIGAID - BRIdges the GAp for Innovations in Disaster resilience" (H2020), in particular, the assessment of social readiness of the innovations and the psychological aspects of climate change such as risk perception and risk communication, behaviour change and public engagement. Moreover, she is involved in the evaluation of the social impact of the events related to the Researchers' Night project (MSCA). 

Giulio Battolla

Junior Researcher

Giulio achieved his Master’s degree in Applied Cognitive Psychology in 2019. His dissertation concerns the influence of harmonic ratios on postural control. After a 3-months traineeship at CON AMORE centre of research in Aahrus University (Denmark), he achieves considerable experience in Autobiographical Memory study applied to marketing. He is currently involved in PERCEPTIONS European project about the impact of novel technologies on migrants’ attitudes towards Europe.

Marco Depolo

Professor of Work & Organisational Psychology

Marco Depolo is a Full Professor at the University of Bologna. From 2009 to 2015 he has been coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Work, Organisational and Personnel Psychology (University of Bologna) and he's author of several scientific papers and communications in scientific international congresses. His research interests concern Safety Climate, Injury Prevention and Organisational processes in high risk organisations.

Marco De Angelis

PhD, Research Assistant

Marco De Angelis graduated in Organizational and Work Psychology, from 2012, he is engaging with both academic lectures in the University and consulting activities for professionals, especially in the healthcare context, providing training on organizational change, non-technical skills, work-related stress and error and risk management.

He obtained his PhD in Psychology at the University of Bologna, conducting research on the promotion of sustainable mobility and its psychosocial determinants. His main research interests focus on social and behavioural science applied to high-risk contexts such as industrial, organisational and traffic environments.

Davide Giusino

Research Assistant

Davide achieved a joint Master degree in Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology at the University of Bologna and the University of Valencia with a thesis titled “The Impact of Introducing Bibliometric Evaluation on Italian Research in Psychology” examining scholars’ adaptive response strategies to a new performance rating system. He also holds some international experience in the field of Evidence-Based Management, and investigated the topic of workplace attachment. Currently, his scientific activities are focused on the research project titled "Development of a Human Factors Protocol for the Use of Exoskeletons". Other investigated fields and topics are: social and behavioral science applied to traffic, transportation and mobility, especially railway, automated driving, and cycling; work and organizational psychology in Big Data, Industry 4.0, digital manufacturing, and factories of the future.

Giuseppe Rainieri

Junior Researcher

Giuseppe achieved his Master's degree in Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Bologna with a thesis about the influence of individual needs on a group's creative performance. He is currently involved in different research activities that concern human factors in aviation, human-machine interaction & safety, and organizational health.

Francesco Millo


Francesco Millo graduated at the University of València and the University of Coimbra with a thesis titled “The moderator effect of organizational justice on the relationship between psychosocial risk and work stress” examining the potential beneficial role of OJ on the negative loop between psychosocial risks and stress.  His research interests are connected to robotics, artificial intelligence and big data.

Maria Gesualdo


Maria achieved a Master’s Degree in Applied Cognitive Psychology in 2019, at the University of Bologna. Her thesis was titled “Intentional Stance and Gaze Aversion: first evidences in a child-robot interaction task”, examining how child gaze was influenced by attributing mind to a robot. Currently, she’s collaborating in different research activities that concern Human-Robot Collaboration and Human Factors.

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