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Mr Bernardo Caldarola

Post:Research Assistant in Research Infrastructure (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
Other posts:Doctoral Tutor (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
 Research student (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
 Associate Tutor (Business School (Professional Services))
 IDS casual (Institute of Development Studies)
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I am currently pursuing a PhD in Science and Technology Policy studies at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, under the supervision of Tommaso Ciarli and Maria Savona. My research looks at the process of structural change in Sub-Saharan Africa with particular attention to the role of innovation, inclusion and informality. 

I also hold a research and teaching PhD scholarship awarded by the Univeristy of Sussex Business School.

I graduated with a first-class honours postgraduate degree in Development and International Cooperation, with a focus on development economics, international cooperation and quantitative empirical methods for development research; I also have field experience in Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. 

Prior to being involved with SPRU, I have worked as intern at the Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), and have been a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, working with the Rural Futures cluster. I have also worked as project manager for the NGO "Joint", which is active in the field of capacity building for the youth. 
Native italian, I speak fluently English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Guinean Creole (Guinea Bissau). 


Doctoral Researcher 

Doctoral Tutor 

Research Assistant


University degrees

2017 - today: PhD in Science and Technology Policy Studies, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex

2014 - 2016: Master's Degree in Development and International Cooperation (with distinction), Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)
Final dissertation: Poverty traps in southern rural Mozambique: a Structural Equations Model approach

2009 - 2013: Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and International Relations, University of Pavia 
Final dissertation: The role of microfinance in economic growth and poverty reduction 

Academic qualifications

2019 - Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)


- President of the Pluralist Economics at Sussex Society

- Currently one of the organisers of the Inequality Working Group of the Young Scholar Initiative