Dr Mazzei has extensively researched the social economies of northern English city regions (Greater Manchester and Tyne and Wear) both as an academic and a consultant. Recently, she has been involved in the EFESEIIS (Enabling the Flourishing and Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship for Innovation and Inclusive Societies) project (FP7) and she had led the assessment of the progress to-date of the Strategic Public Social Partnership model in Scotland (Scottish Government funded) and the consultation with key stakeholders on social enterprise business support awareness and perceptions (Scottish Enterprise/Social Value Lab). Dr Mazzei is currently a supervisor/advisor on the research teams of the Common Health Project (MRC/ESRC funded) on the role of social enterprise as a public health initiative; and on the project developing and evaluating an economic and ethico-legal framework for priority setting in health and social care (Chief Scientist Office funded).
Prior to joining the Centre, Dr Mazzei participated in a number of national projects focusing measuring and evaluating the impact of socio-economic development programmes and projects on behalf of central government departments, local authorities and local regeneration partnership. She has contributed to mapping social enterprise activity; developing and evaluating developing regional social enterprise support mechanisms; evaluating business support programmes and supporting organisational development.