Vision and Mission

THE VISION OF ISMed: "for a Mediterranean of peace and prosperity".

The ISMed is inspired by a vision of a Mediterranean of peace and prosperity, based on the values that unite the countries in the area.
It comes from the idea that the Mediterranean can be an opportunity for growth and development for both the richer countries of the northern and southern shores and from the awareness that scientific research is the tool to realize these opportunities.


The mission of the Institute for Studies on the Mediterranean (ISMed) is to identify and analyze the dynamics of the processes of growth and socio-economic development of the countries of the Mediterranean area. Through a strongly interdisciplinary and long-term approach, ISMed's research focuses on specific themes such as the study of migration, energy and the environment, the nature of economic and social development processes, logistics and transport, urban development, the development of network infrastructures and the dissemination of technologies in socio-economic and cultural fields, artistic and cultural heritage.
The research activity has not only scientific and academic purposes but also informative and popular purposes.
The ultimate aim of ISMed is to provide interpretative theories of phenomena, projections on possible future scenarios and policy guidelines that can support targeted interventions to reduce imbalances and stimulate growth in the area.


During the event "Mediterranean: a Sea of Challenges and Opportunities" in which the Institute of Mediterranean Studies officially presents the new CNR-ISMED headquarters, the National Research Council presents its recent publication:

Mediterraneo. Ricerca e Diplomazia scientifica

The book collects the photographs that show the CNR's research in and on the Mediterranean and to which ISMed researchers have also contributed.

Geopolitics meetings

USA against everyone

Friday 24 January 2020, 6.00 p.m.

Navy Officers' Club
Naples, via Cesario Console 3/bis

Spazi pubblici nella città contemporanea: dai principi alle buone pratiche.
by Marichela Sepe

in now published

Le fonti sanitarie della miniera di Montevecchio in Sardegna. Dal censimento al "riordino virtuale".
by Eleonora Todde

is now available

Report on the Mediterranean economies. Edition 2019
by Salvatore Capasso.

The 2019 edition of the Report published by Il Mulino is now available.


The latest issue of Global Environment, directed by Gabriella Corona and Mauro Agnoletti with contributions by Gabriella Corona and Walter Palmieri, has been published.

The issue also contains an interview with John McNeill, president of the American historians, on the theme "The environment and history: a methodological revolution".



The ISMed 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



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 ISMed 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 ISMed 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 for studies on the Mediterranean is made of about twelve thousand books that make up a specialized collection of a socio-economic kind.

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