Cristiano Codagnone holds a double academic affiliation, as aggregate professor at at Milan State University (Department of Social and Political Sciences) and at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC, Department of Communication Studies); he is the CEO of the UOC spin-off research company Open Evidence and is the director of the Research Group ‘Open Evidence Research’ funding and conducting basic research in Applied Social Sciences and Behavioural Economics (ASSBE). Between July 2014 and December 2015 he was also Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Media and Communication Department of London School of Economics. In the course of his academic career he has taken several leaves of absence to serve as civil servant at the United Nations (2003-2004) and at the European Union (209-2011 and 2015-2016). Since 2012 has designed and directed several experimental behavioural studies to test policy options on behalf of the European Commission in various domains (tobacco packaging, online gambling, car labelling, online markting to children, etc.). His latest research interests and publications include a critical analysis of the rhetoric and effects of the sharing economy in general and on the labour markets. Cristiano mixed throughout his career an interest for high-level social and economic theory, empirical research, and for their practical and concrete policy applications . He is an academic with a clear entrepreneurial bend and an excellent track record of fund raising; he has founded and spearheaded three research companies, and in the last decades he directed dozens of consulting work and policy applied research engagements.