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I’m an economist. My areas of expertise are the economics of innovation; economic development and regional economics.

I am Professor of Economics in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Università di Pavia in Italy. I also hold a position as Assigned Professor at the University of Aalborg, Denmark, where I am associated with the IKE (Innovation, Knowledge and Economic Dynamics) Research Group (Department of Business and Management) in Copenhagen.

I regularly advise international organizations such as UNIDO,UNCTAD, IADB, OECD and the European Commission on questions related to economic development.

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In the spotlight

Green Windows of Opportunity

Green Windows of Opportunity

A new Special Section of Industrial and Corporate Change edited by Rasmus Lema, Xiaolan Fu & Roberta Rabellotti.

Green Windows of Opportunity: Latecomer Development in the Age of Transformation towards Sustainability provides new empirical evidence on different renewable energy sectors in China, a country which is moving rapidly towards leadership in several of green technologies.

The introductory article will be available for free download.

Presentations

Innovation in GVC

Innovation in GVC

Innovation in GVC

On the 6th of November 2020 I participated at an online conference organized by the Bank of Lithuania, talking about Innovation in Global Value Chains and I also was part of a panel discussing about The future of investments and innovation.

Here you can download the slides.  Here is the video of the conference.

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Publications

Uganda STI Policy Review

Uganda STI Policy Review

Uganda – Science and Technology Policy Review

I have contributed to the chapters on the agri-food industry and on the ICTs sector in the UNCTAD recently published Uganda STI Policy Review.

The full report can be downloaded here.

Innovation in global value chains

Innovation in global value chains

Innovation in global value chains

With Rasmus Lema and Carlo Pietrobelli I have contributed to the Handbook on Global Value Chains with a chapter presenting a new conceptual framework for investigating how GVCs and ISs jointly contribute to innovation in developing countries. It can be downloaded here.

Local sourcing in developing countries: The role of foreign direct investments and global value chains

Local sourcing in developing countries: The role of foreign direct investments and global value chains

Local sourcing in developing countries: The role of foreign direct investments and global value chains

This paper, co-authored with Vito Amendolagine, Andrea Presbitero and Marco Sanfilippo and published in World Development,  investigates whether and how participation and positioning in the global value chains (GVCs) of host countries is associated to local sourcing by foreign investors in 19 Sub-Saharan African countries and Vietnam. The article is open source and can be downloaded here.