Maria Savona,

Senior Lecturer in Management, in charge of the relationships between Reser  council and Redlas


Maria Savona is a Senior Lecturer at SPRU, Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Sussex, UK. She is also Visiting Research Fellow at the Judge Business School, PRI - Programme on regional Innovation, University of Cambridge, UK. She has been Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Lille 1, France. She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Rome `La Sapienza' and a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from SPRU, Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, UK. Her PhD thesis is titled 'Structural Change, Technology and the Growth of Services'.

She has been a Post-doc fellow at BETA, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, ULP, Strasbourg, France, with a French CNRS post-doc fellowship. She has been granted an EU TMR Marie Curie fellowship for a PhD programme at SPRU; an Italian CNR fellowship for a visiting at the University of Reading, UK.

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).

She is involved in DIME RAL3 (Historical, Economic and Policy Studies of Technical Change. A Conference in Honour of Nick von Tunzelmann); DIME RAL3 (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 (The Hidden Innovation in services) funded projects.

She has collaborated with the Italian and French National Research Council, the University of Rome `La Sapienza', the University of Lille 1.


Her research interests span an array of sub-disciplines within economics and industrial economics at different level of analysis:


  • sectoral structural change and economic growth, emergence of new sectors and impact on growth;
  • economics of innovation and technological change low-tech sectors;
  • technical change and income distribution;
  • economics of services and economics of innovation in services;
  • technical change in developing countries


  • sectoral concentration of innovative activities;
  • spatial/regional concentration of innovative activities and regional growth differentials


  • micro-economics and micro-econometrics of innovation (incentives, strategies, obstacles and productivity and employment impact of innovation at the firm level );
  • Community Innovation Survey based analysis.

She has extensively worked on micro-data from the Community Innovation Survey and macro-data from OECD STAN and Input-Output.

She is also:

  • Expert evaluator for European Commission Framework Programme.
  • Peer Reviewer and research evaluator for the ESRC – Economics and Social Research Council.
  • Research evaluator for the National Bank of Austria.
  • Research evaluator for the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Selected Publications

  • Knowledge dynamics in space and time and the geography of structural change. A historical review (with Ciarli Tommaso, Meliciani Valentina) in Journal of Economic Surveys, In Preparation - Planned
  • Public R&D strategic interactions among EU-15 countries: A spatial econometric analysis (with Hammadou Hakim, Paty Sonia) in Research Policy, In Preparation - Planned
  • Public Support for Innovation Revisited: Beyond University-Industry Linkages (with Stuard McDonald, Von Tunzelmann, Nick, Prof) in Prometheus, In Preparation - Resubmitted
  • Technical Change, Innovation and History: Perspectives in honour of Nick von Tunzelmann (with Sapsed Jonathan) in Research Policy, In Preparation - Review Comments
  • The Changing Face of Innovation Policy: Implication for the Norther Ireland Economy (with Abreu Maria, Grinevich Vadim, Kitson Michael) in DETI l Report commissioned by DETI Department of Trade and Industry Northern Ireland March 2011
  • The Spatial Determinants of Specialisation in Business Services in the EU Region: Agglomeration, Vertical Linkages and Innovation (with Meliciani Valentina) in Journal of Economic Geography, In Preparation - Review Comments
  • What Hampers Innovation? Revealed Barriers versus Deterring Barriers (with D'Este Pablo, Iammarino Simona, Von Tunzelmann, Nick, Prof) in Research Policy, Awaiting Publication - In Press
  • Absorptive Capacity and Regional Patterns of innovation (with Abreu Maria, Grinevich Vadim, Kitson Michael) in Research Policy, In Preparation - Review Comments
  • Conflict and Entrepreneurship in Afghanistan. Evidence from the National Risk Vulnerability Assessment (with Ciarli Tommaso, Parto Saeed) in United Nations University WIDER Working paper United Nations University WIDER Working Papers
  • Innovation and Employment in Services (with Evangelista, R., F. Djellal, F. Gallouj) Gallouj, F., Djellal, F. Gallouj, C., ed., in Handbook of Innovation and Services: A multi-disciplinary perspective Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Volume Chapter 16 pp. 367-391 ISBN 9781847205049
  • Policies to Enhance the 'Hidden' Innovation in Services: Evidences and Lessons from the UK (with Grinevich, V., Kitson, M., Maria, A.) in The Service Industries Journal Volume 30 pp. 99-118
  • Structural Transformation in Production and Consumption, Long Run Growth and Income Disparities (with Ciarli Tommaso, Lorentz Andre, Valente Marco) in SPRU SEWPS SPRU
  • The Effects of Consumption and Production Structure on Growth and Distribution. A Micro to Macro Model (with Ciarli, T., Lorentz, A., Valente, M.) in Metroeconomica Volume 61 pp. 180-218
  • Towards a Theory of Innovation in Services. A State of the Art (with F. Djellal, F. Gallouj) Gallouj, F., Djellal, F. Gallouj, C., ed., in Handbook of Innovation and Services: A Multi-disciplinary Perspective Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Volume Chapter 1 pp. 27-48 ISBN 9781847205049
  • Innovation in Services. A Review of the Debate and Research Agenda (with Gallouj, F.) in Journal of Evolutionary Economics Volume 19 pp. 149-172
  • New Regional Policies for Less Developed Areas: The Case of India (with Maria, A., P. Nijkamp, R. Capello) Roberta Capello, Peter Nijkamp, ed., in Handbook of Regional Growth and Development Theories Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar pp. 479-494 ISBN 9781847205063
  • The Perception of Obstacles to Innovation. Foreign Multinationals and Domestic Firms in Italy (with Iammarino Simona, Sanna Randaccio Francesca) in Revue d'Economie Industrielle Volume 125 pp. 75-105
  • Evolutionary Micro-dynamics and Changes in the Economic Structure (with Lorentz, A.) in Journal of Evolutionary Economics Volume 18 pp. 389-412
  • Structural Change of Production and Consumption: A Micro to Macro Approach to Growth and Income Distribution (with Ciarli, T., Lorentz, A., Valente, M.) Laboratorio di Economia e Management Volume Working Paper LEM 08/2008
  • Understanding Hidden Innovation: Services in the UK. Indicators, Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications (with Abreu, M., Grinevich, V., Kitson, M.) London: NESTA
  • Demand and Technological Contribution to Structural Change and Tertiarisation. An Input-Output Structural Decomposition Analysis (with Andre, L.) in Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM) Pisa, Italy: Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
  • Innovation and economic performance in services. A firm level analysis (with Cainelli Giulio, Evangelista Rinaldo) in Cambridge Journal of Economics Volume 30 pp. 435-458
  • Obstacles to innovation and multinational firms in the Italian regions. Firm-level evidence from the Third Community Innovation Survey (with A. Teixeira, A.T. Tavares, Sanna-Randaccio, F., Simona, I.) Ana Teresa Tavares and Aurora Teixeira, ed., in Multinationals, Clusters and Innovation: Does Public Policy Matters? Palgrave, MacMillan pp. pp. 63-83
  • Collaboration between a research university and firms and other institutions (with A. Gambardella, Aldo, G., F. Cesaroni, Mireille, M., Patrick, L., W. Garcia Fontes) Cesaroni, F., A. Gambardella and W. Garcia Fontes, ed., in R&D, Innovation and Competitiveness in the European Chemical Industry Boston, Dordrecht, London, Kluwer Academic Publishers pp. pp. 145-173
  • International relocation of production and the growth of services: the case of the 'Made in Italy' industries (with Schiattarella Roberto) in Transnational Corporations Volume 13 pp. pp. 57-76
  • Structural change and macro-economic performance. The structural bonus hypothesis for services in XIV International Conference of RESER (The European Network of Economic and Spatial Service Research) on ICTs and Service Relationship in the Global Economy: A Challenge for Enterprises and Societies in Europe. Castres e Toulouse, France, 23-25 September 2004:
  • The impact of innovation on economic performance in services (with Giulio, C., Rinaldo, E.) in The Service Industries Journal Volume 24 pp. pp. 116-130
  • Innovation in the Service Economy: The New Wealth of Nations by Faïz Gallouj (Book Review) in Reseach Policy Volume 32 pp. pp. 1716-1717
  • Innovation, employment and skills in services. Firm and sectoral evidence (with Evangelista Rinaldo) in Structural Change and Economic Dynamics Volume 14(4) pp. pp. 449-474
  • Demand, innovation and growth in services J. Gadrey and F. Gallouj, ed., in Productivity, Innovation and Knowledge in Services. New Economic and Socio-Economic Approaches Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar pp. pp.197-222
  • The impact of innovation on employment and skills in services. Evidence from Italy (with Rinaldo, E.) in International Review of Applied Economics Volume 16 pp. pp. 309-318
  • The employment impact of innovation. Evidence and policy (edited by Marco Vivarelli and Mario Pianta) Book Review in International Review of Applied Economics Volume 15 pp. pp. 353-355
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