Sussex, United Kingdom

SPRU – (Science Policy Research Unit) at the University of Sussex

Team member

Biography of Maria Savona

Maria Savona is Professor of Innovation and Evolutionary Economics at SPRU, Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, UK. She was previously at the University of Cambridge, UK, Universities of Strasbourg and Lille 1, France.
Her research focuses on the economics of innovation; the effects of technical change on employment and wage inequality; the structural change of the sectoral composition of economies, particularly the emergence of global value chains in services; economics and policy of innovation in services; barriers to innovation and innovation failures. More recently, she is interested in policies to redistribute data-value. She has led and coled grants funded by the ESRC, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, EC H2020, IDRC. She has advised the IADB; ECLAC; UN ESCAP; OECD; NESTA; BEIS, DETI. She is an Editor for Research Policy; AE for the Journal of Evolutionary Economics. She is an Academic Member of the ESRC Peer Review College and in evaluation panels for the EC, National Research Councils of Canada, Finland, Luxembourg, Italy, Norway, UK, US. She is a former member of the High Level Expert Group on the Impact of Digital Transformation on EU Labour Markets for the European Commission.

Selected Publication

  • 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
  • Public R&D strategic interactions among EU-15 countries: A spatial econometric analysis (with Hammadou Hakim, Paty Sonia) in Research Policy
  • Public Support for Innovation Revisited: Beyond University-Industry Linkages (with Stuard McDonald, Von Tunzelmann, Nick, Prof) in Prometheus
  • Technical Change, Innovation and History: Perspectives in honour of Nick von Tunzelmann (with Sapsed Jonathan) in Research Policy, In Preparation
  • 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
  • What Hampers Innovation? Revealed Barriers versus Deterring Barriers (with D’Este Pablo, Iammarino Simona, Von Tunzelmann, Nick, Prof) in Research Policy, Awaiting Publication
  • Absorptive Capacity and Regional Patterns of innovation (with Abreu Maria, Grinevich Vadim, Kitson Michael) in Research Policy, In Preparation
  • 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 Vol-ume 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 Inno-vation: Does Public Policy Matters? Palgrave, MacMillan pp. pp. 63-83
  • Collaboration between a research university and firms and other institutions (with A. Gam-bardella, 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 Euro-pean 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