Simone Ghezzi (PhD, University of Toronto) is associate professor in economic anthropology and social/cultural anthropology at the University of Milan-Bicocca. He is a member of the editorial board Antropologia (New Series). He is also member of the URBEUR faculty board (PH.D programme in Urban and Local European Studies – Università di Milano-Bicocca and other European partners). His research interests include: family entrepreneurship, informal economies, culture and economy, artisan production, local development and kinship. He is currently continuing his research on the relationship between artisan and industrial production in northern Italian industrial districts. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University (Providence), visiting professor at Huazhong Agricultural University, College of Human Science and Law (Wuhan, China), and at the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto (Canada).