Maria Cristina Antonucci is a researcher in social sciences at the Italian National Research Council (since 2010). After a PhD in Political Sociology at Sapienza Rome 1 University (2003), she held a Post-Doctoral position in Political Science (Dept. Of Political Sciences, Sapienza Univ. 2003-2005) and was adjunct professor in some Italian Universities (L’Aquila, Rome 3, Rome 1, 2004-present). Her research interests are: lobbying, advocacy, political participation and democratic innovation, with special reference to the Italian political and social context, women and advocacy. She published several papers and volumes, among which “Rappresentanza degli interessi oggi. Il lobbying nelle istituzioni europee e italiane”, 2012 (Interests representation today. Lobbying European and Italian institutions, 2012),“Lobbying e terzo settore”, 2014 (Lobbying and the third sector, 2014) and Codes of conduct and practical recommendations as tools for self‐regulation and soft regulation in EU public affairs (with N. Scocchi, in Journal of Public Affairs, 2018).