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Prof Maria Savona

Post:Professor of Innovation and Evolutionary Economics (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)

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Maria Savona is Professor of Innovation and Evolutionary Economics at SPRU, Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Sussex, UK. She has been Honorary Research Fellow at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK, CNRS Post-doc Fellow at BETA, Strasbourg, and Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Lille 1, France, on leave. She is an economist and holds a Laurea in Economics cum laude from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from SPRU.

Her main research interests are: the economics and policy of innovation in services, theory and micro-econometrics of innovation; barriers to innovation; regional distribution of innovation activities; structural change, economic growth and development. She has published widely in these areas on international peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Economic Geography, Research Policy, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Journal of Economic Surveys, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, The Service Industries Journal). She is Guest Editor of a Research Policy Special Issue on “Technical Change, Innovation and History: Perspectives in Honour of Nick von Tunzelmann”.

More recently, she has focused on the evolution of the international fragmentation of production and value added involving services and its implications for industrial policy in transition and developing countries.

She has produced commissioned reports for the OECD; NESTA, UK National Endowment for Science, Technology and Arts; BIS, UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; DETI, Irish Department of Trade and Industry. She has been involved in several European Research Projects (ServPPin, The Contribution of Public and Private Services to European Growth and Welfare, and the Role of Public-Private Innovation Networks, within EU FP7; AITEG, Assessing the Economic Impact of Technological Change and Globalisation, within FP5 and SIEPI, The Structure of European Innovation and Economic Indicators, within FP6; EU-DIME (Dynamics of Innovation and Markets in Europe) funded projects (Historical, Economic and Policy Studies of Technical Change and An evolutionary approach to development and institutions: an application to technological change in the agro-food sector); DIUS (Absorptive capacity and innovation across the UK regions) and NESTA (Understanding Hidden Innovation: Services in the UK. Indicators, Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications).

She has been Honorary Research Fellow at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (2007-2012) and Research Visiting scholar at the Institute of Economics of Barcelona (2012-13) and the Max Planck Institute of Economics (2007-2011). She has been invited to give keynote speeches and presentations on structural change and the economics of innovation in services at the Inter American Development Bank, Bogota, Colombia; the Economic Commission Latin American Countries (ECLAC), Santiago del Chile; Jena (Max Planck Institute of Economics); Seville (Institute Prospective Technology Studies) and several European Universities.

She is council member of RESER (European Association for Research on Services) since 2000 and REDLAS (The Latin America and Caribbean Network on Service Research). She is a member of the UK Economic and Social Research Council Academic Peer Review College; she serves as academic evaluator for the European Commission and various European and international research councils. She is a peer reviewer for over thirty academic journals, Advisory Editor for Research Policy and member of the Editorial Board of the Eurasian Business Review and Economia Politica.  




Professor of Innovation and Evolutionary Economics at SPRU