As of September 2011, he is Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Markets, and Heritage. Pier Luigi teaches Creative Industries at the University of Italian Switzerland (USI), Lugano.
He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the European University Institute, and he is the author of more than one hundred and fifty papers that have appeared in international journals and edited books with major scientific publishers (i.e. Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, Springer, Palgrave, Edward Elgar, Ashgate, Sage) on the topics of economic theory, game theory, cultural economics, cultural and creative industries, and cultural policy design at the urban, regional and national level.
He also writes for Il Sole 24 Ore, Saturno and Flash Art. Pier Luigi is the president of the scientific committee of the International Festival of Contemporary Art, Faenza and the president of the Cultural Observatory of Marche Region. He is a member of the scientific committee of the Italian National Library, Florence.
He is a research associate at Semeion Research Center, Rome, and a member of the editorial board of the following journals: Creative Industries Journal, Mind and Society, Quality and Quantity, Journal of Marketing at Retail and Economia della Cultura. He acts as a keynote speaker and lecturer internationally and provides extensive consultation and advisory work for governments, local administrations and cultural institutions on the issues of culture-led local development and the European Culture Capitals Programs.