Homo Mendicans
Companionship, Wandering, and the pursuit of Joy

LA VERNA – FRANCISCAN SANCTUARY (Chiusi della Verna – AR – Italy)
September 1 – 6

“Which is the path, then, for those who want to renew the economy from its roots?
The pilgrims’ journey  has always been risky, interwoven with trust and vulnerability.
Those who undertake it must soon recognize their dependence on others along the way:
thus, you understand that economics too is a borrower of other disciplines and knowledge”
Pope Francis to the EoF community

San Francesco wanted his friars to be mendicants, conducting a frugal life but rich in fraternity, wandering, and preaching, in close connection with the poor and poverty. This was his recipe for the perfect joy. The mendicants started their journey with little or nothing, relying on the essential generosity of nature.

On their long journeys, they learned to trust strangers and to depend on each other in the spirit of reciprocity and benevolence. How far the homo oeconomicus – built upon the ideals of individualism, independence, and autonomy – come from this lifestyle, and how distant is our present notion of subjective well-being from San Francesco’s idea of perfect joy!
Inspired by the suggestions of Pope Francis, our summer school will explore the mendicant way and test its suitability for our post-modern times.


Coordinators: Paolo Santori, Assistant Professor – Tilburg University | Valentina Rotondi, Lecturer and Researcher – SUPSI & University of Oxford | Maria Jordet, EoF Academy Research Fellow | Matteo Rizzolli, Associate Professor of Economic Policy – LUMSA University

Secretariat: Valentina Erasmo – University of Turin, EoF Academy Research Fellow

To whom it is addressed and what it offers

The EoF International Summer School targets Master’s and Ph.D. students, postdocs, and junior researchers in the field of Economics and related Social Sciences. The number of participants is limited in order to ensure an ideal ratio between students and lecturers. Students attending the Summer School intensify their knowledge in their fields of study and research and will have the opportunity to get to know peer-leading researchers in an interdisciplinary, co-generative environment. Although the Summer School intends to bring together science academics from different countries, it also encourages the participation of practitioners in the field. This enables mutual enrichment and dialogue between theory and praxis. 

The choice of venue, La Verna, located in the Tuscan Apennines, was purposely selected for the peculiar experience it offers to the attendees through discovering the spiritual abundance in the life of St. Francis and the unique landscape and natural beauty. The Summer School is a one-week program, onsite. The program comprises a full-time mix of lectures and workshops taught by EoF professors and other invited leading scholars. The program also includes a number of relevant field trips and cultural events.


  • Click the link above to fill up the form
  • Application deadline: May 15, 2024
  • Each application will be examined and awarded by EoF Summer School Scientific Board, coordinated by Paolo Santori, Valentina Rotondi, Matteo Rizzoli
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email by June 10, 2024
  • Tuition Payment deadline: July 1st, 2024
  • Participation guaranteed upon reception of full payment
  • In the same application form there is the possibility to request for a limited number of Participation Grant

Some organizational/logistic notes: 


La Verna ( will be the venue for both accommodation and sessions.

The fee covers accommodation and food for 6 days (from the dinner on Sunday, Sept 1st, to the lunch on Friday, Sept 6th). The EoF Organizing Committee covers organizational costs, excursions, and transfers to and from Arezzo/La Verna based on Sept 1 arrival and Sept 6 departure. Any transfer exceptions will have to be evaluated individually, and expenses will be borne by the participant.

  • How to pay the tuition fees?
    If you have been selected to attend the EoF Summer School 2024 and would like to complete your registration by paying the tuition fees, we will send you instructions for making the payment online and eventual cancellation guidelines.

Should you have any questions please contact us via [email protected] 

Thanks to Prof. Rizzolli, Samuele Ramberti and the participants of 2023 Summer School for the photos