Pietro Saggese

PostDoc, AIT & CSH Vienna

Pietro Saggese is a Postdoctoral Scientist at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), in a joint program with the Complexity Science Hub (CSH) Vienna, since May 2021. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Economics and Data Science department, IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy, in July 2021.


Pietro started delving into complex systems and economics during his university studies at the University of Turin, where he obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics. During his Ph.D. studies, he mostly worked on the identification of the arbitrage activity within the Bitcoin ecosystem – and of the investors who conducted it. The goal of these studies is to provide empirical evidence (yet lacking in the literature) of the nature of the arbitrageurs, showing that such investors are few, sophisticated, and specialized users, in contrast with theoretical assumptions from traditional finance.


In his current research at AIT and CSH, Pietro is focusing mainly on crypto asset analytics, and in particular on investigating the interplay between Decentralised Finance (DeFi) protocols deployed in Ethereum, to gain insights into the potential risks and opportunities associated with them. His research interests include cryptofinance, cryptoasset analytics, and their socio-economic implications.