Marianna d’Ovidio, Phd in Urban Studies, is associate professor of urban sociology at the Dept. of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milan-Bicocca, where is Board Member of the doctoral school URBEUR. Her research interests include the cultural economy, creativity, and social and cultural innovation, in particular their interactions with local development and urban transformations. d’Ovidio, who’s trained in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, has published extensively on the analysis of creative and cultural industries in the local development of urban regions, and also conducted research on various forms of social innovation, in particular the rising of the “maker movement” and the DIY practises in the urban economy. Marianna d’Ovidio is involved in the EU funded (under the Horizon 2020 project) research CICERONE (https://cicerone-project.eu/) dealing with the role of Cultural and Creative Industries in the local development of Europe and, in particular, observing the global value chains of a selected number of creative and cultural sectors. She has published on both international and Italian journals such as City, City Culture and Society, Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia, Sociologia Urbana e Rurale, Sociologica, Territorio.