Dr Piera Morlacchi
|Post:||Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Organisation Studies (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, Business and Management)|
|Location:||JUBILEE BUILDING JUB-323|
|International:||+44 1273 877974|
Allergy, biomedical ventures, Complex adaptive systems and networks, Design Creativity and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Global health, Health Entrepreneurship, Health systems, health technologies, Healthcare Policy, Heart disease, ICT and Digital Technologies, Medical Devices, organization studies, public policy, relational sociology, Science And Technology Studies, Sociology and History of Technology, Sociology of Work and Organization, Technology entrepreneurship
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I am an organizational and digital ethnographer, and interested in exploring and understanding the multiple interactions of technology, organization, entrepreneurship and health.
Current position and affiliations. I am a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Organization Studies. I joined the University of Sussex in May 2003 and now based in the School of Business Management and Economics (BMEc) where I have joint affiliation to the department of Business and Management (B&M) and the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU). I am also a member of the Centre for Global Health Policy.
Background and previous academic positions. My initial training was in engineering science. I hold Bachelor and Master degrees from Politecnico di Milano in Management and Industrial Engineering, with a specialization in complex systems modelling and artificial intelligence (dissertation title "Design of neural networks for modelling and managing of production systems").
After working as a research assistant during my master studies at graduation I was hired at the same institution as a research fellow and lecturer, with a joint affiliation to the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering (DIG) and the School of Management (MIP), where I stayed for three years.
In 1998 I moved to the UK to do my PhD in the School of Management at the University of Bath (UK), completing a thesis in 2003 on innovation in the medical device field (title "How new technologies become legitimated: the co-evolution of technologies and networks in the cardiac implantable device field") and working as a research fellow on a number of projects.
Other visiting positions. In addition to my full time positions now at Sussex and before in Milano and Bath, I have held a number of fellowships and visiting professorships at other institutions in Europe and in the US:
-2006: Summer Fellow, Centre for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford University, California; Visiting Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, USA.
-2007-2008: Senior Research Fellow, International Center for Health Outcomes and Innovation Research (InCHOIR) and Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Department of Surgery, Columbia University, New York, USA.
-2011: Visiting Professor, Department of Enviromental Economics, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.
-2012-2013: Visiting Professor, Department of Economics and Management Universita' degli Studi di Trento, Italy.
-2014-2015: Visiting Professor, Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, Universita' degli Studi di Trento, Italy.
Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Organization Studies.
B&M Assessment and Exam Board Convenor.
Community and Business
- Advisor and mentor to med-tech and digital health startups and ventures.
- Advisor to Trentino Sviluppo, local development agency for the Trentino region (Italy), evaluating their early stage financing programme of innovative startups (2014-2015). Previously external evaluator of specialised incubator proposals, Bando Seed Money, Trentino Sviluppo (2013).
- Advisory board member and mentor of Enactus (an international student society about Entrepreneurial Action in Society) at the University of Sussex (www.enactusuk.org) (2010-2014).
- Scientific advisor to the 'Culture and Innovation Dynamics (CID): Explaining the Uneven Evolution of Human Knowledge' project. European Commission (FP6). NEST Programme on New and Emerging Science and Technology (2007 - 2009).
- Co-chair and co-organiser of the SPRU 40th Anniversary Conference 'The Future of the Science Technology and Innovation Agenda: Linking Research and Practice', University of Sussex, September 2006.
- Scientific advisor to the taskforce on 'Socio-economic Value of Medical Research'. European Science Foundation / European Medical Research Council (ESF / EMRC) (2004 - 2005).