On March 28, a new Explicit Project secondment started in Catania, Italy. The team consisting of Salvio Nicosia, Provincial President of Federconsumatori, and Salvatore Canella, Carmela di Mauro, Alessandro Ancarani from the University of Catania, welcomed PhD student Joana Amorim from the University of Vigo.
The secondment took place at the headquarters of Federconsumatori, a non-for-profit association whose main objectives are to inform and protect consumers and users. The consumer experts collaborate with different institutions such as universities and the Parliament, as they have been working for years to defend consumer rights and have contributed to their constitution.This secondment comes at a very opportune moment since one of the main performance areas of Federconsumatori concerning consumers is the energy problems, which are closely linked to the performance areas of the circular economy (CE). During the secondment, PhD student Joana Amorim accompanied Provincial President Salvio Nicosia and the rest of the Federconsumatori team in their daily work, advising consumers in Catania on issues such as water, energy, gas and waste, food, banking and insurance, housing, prices and tariffs, shopping and e-commerce, school and university, telecommunications, transport and tourism, politics and society, and economic policy. Thus, it is possible to analyse the wide range of issues and problems on which Federconsumatori offers advice and assistance to consumers.
The secondee was also welcomed at the University of Catania by colleagues Alessandro Ancarani, Carmela di Mauro, and Salvatore Canella, where some ideas were exchanged on the research areas of the participants and possible scenarios for future research in the field of circular economy, smart manufacturing, innovation, and absorptive and dynamic capacities was discussed. Afterwards, all participants agreed to organise a Zoom meeting with Professor Orlando Lima Rua, co-supervisor of PhD student Joana Amorim, to deepen the contact and to work on some ideas to identify future research opportunities. The secondment came to an end on April 28.