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Antonio Andreoni

Antonio Andreoni is Associate Professor of Industrial Economics at University College London (UCL), and Head of Research at the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP).

Antonio Andreoni
Dr Antonio Andreoni is an industrial economist working on productive organisations and industrial ecosystem; technological change and innovation dynamics; structural change and diversification; financialisation and corporate governance; role of the state and industrial policy.

Dr Andreoni is also Visiting Associate Professor in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg; Research Associate of the Department of Economics, SOAS University of London; Member of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) led by Joseph Stiglitz at Columbia University; Member of the Babbage Forum at Cambridge University; Member of Reteaching Economics UK; and Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. Dr Andreoni is Associate Editor of L’Industria – Review of Industrial Economics and Policy.

Dr Andreoni has led several research programmes. He was Research Director of the £6 million multi-countries Research Partnership Consortium on Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) led by SOAS University of London and funded by DFID. He was co-PI for the two-year programme on Governing Financialisation, Innovation and Productivity in UK Manufacturing (GoFinPro) funded by the Gatsby Foundation. He also led two streams of research funded by UNU-WIDER in South Africa and Tanzania.

Dr Andreoni has worked as an expert for several international organisations including the World Bank, OECD, DFID, GIZ, UNIDO, UNCTAD, ILO, UNDP, UN DESA and UN ECA. He also advised governments in industrial policymaking in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Finland and the UK. He served in several advisory boards including the OECD Expert Group on the Evaluation of Industrial Policy; the World Bank Mobilizing Local Knowledge to Improve Competitiveness Strategies Programme; the EU Advisory Board for RIS3 Support to Lagging Regions Working Group; and the UK Business Integrity Initiative.

Before joining UCL, Dr Andreoni was Senior Lecturer in Economics at SOAS University of London. Dr Andreoni holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge (2013) where he was also a Post-doctoral Research Associate in University-Industry Strategic Partnerships, Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering. Before moving to the UK, Antonio was trained in economics at the University of Bologna and was awarded the XIX Fausto Vicarelli National Award and the XIV Guido Carli National Award.

Research summary

Dr Andreoni's research is centred on a vision of value creation, capture and distribution dynamics across different sectoral, institutional and local contexts. Specifically, he has been investigating how these complex economic dynamics are structurally shaped by the changing relationships within and across productive organisations and governments. He has been questioning and investigating how technological and organisational innovation within business enterprises and governments, but also diversification dynamics in industrial ecosystems, are key drivers of value creation. Dr Andreoni has also looked at how financialisation, rents capture and corruption processes destroy the productive fabric of the society, ultimately closing the door to sustainable development pathways.

His research has given particular emphasis to the entrepreneurial role of the state – both at the national and regional levels – in creating and shaping the boundaries of the market, managing conflicts and transitions, and driving innovative structural transformation through industrial policy. Continuous engagement with business enterprises and industries, public institutions and policy work across mature industrial economies (Italy and UK), emerging economies (South Africa and Brazil) and fast growing least developed countries (Tanzania and Ethiopia) has enriched his comparative political economy understanding of economic structures, agencies and dynamics. He has also developed sectoral expertise in medical device, pharmaceuticals, automotive, aerospace, packaging machinery, mining equipment, automation and robotics, energy sector.

Selected publications

  • [3] Bringing Production Back into Development (co-editor: Ha-Joon Chang), Journal Special Issue, European Journal of Development Research, forthcoming 2020.
  • [2] Frontiers of Industrial Policy: Structures, Institutions and Policies (Lead editor, co-editors: Ha-Joon Chang and Roberto Scazzieri), Journal Special Issue, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 2019, Vol. 48, 1-150.
  • [1] The Dynamics of Industrial and Economic Renewal in Mature Industrial Economies (Lead editor, co-editors: Ha-Joon Chang, Sue Konzelmann and Alan Shipman), Journal Special Issue, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2018, Vol. 42, pp. 1495-1704.
Journal articles (peer reviewed)
  • [14] Industrial Policy in the 21st Century (co-author: Ha-Joon Chang), Development and Change, vol. 51, no. 2 (Focus Article for the Special issue of Development and Change Forum 2020)

  • [13] Industrial Policy in Context: building blocks for an integrated and comparative political economy agenda (co-authors: Ha-Joon Chang and Roberto Scazzieri), Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 2019, vol. 48, pp. 1-6.

  • [12] The Political Economy of Industrial Policy: Structural Interdependencies, policy alignment and conflict management (co-author: Ha-Joon Chang), Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 2019, vol. 48, pp. 136-150.

  • [11] Introduction to the special issue: Towards a production-centred agenda (co-authors: Ha-Joon Chang, Sue Konzelmann and Alan Shipman), Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2018, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 1495–1504

  • [10] The Architecture and Dynamics of Industrial Ecosystems: Diversification and Innovative Industrial Renewal in Emilia Romagna, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2018, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 1613–1642

  • [9] Strategies for Emerging Technologies and Strategic Sectors: Experiences across OECD countries and some critical reflections on the Italian case’, L’Industria. Review of Industrial Economics and Policy, 2017, vol. XXXVIII, no. 1, pp. 1-15.

  • [8] Bringing production and employment back into development: Alice Amsden’s legacy for a New Developmentalist agenda (co-author: Ha-Joon Chang), Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society2017, vol.10, no. 1, pp. 173-187.

  • [7] Industrial policy and the future of manufacturing (co-author: Ha-Joon Chang), Economia e Politica Industriale. Journal of Industrial and Business Economics2017, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 491-502.

  • [6] Structural Cycles and Industrial Policy Alignment: The private-public nexus in the Emilian packaging valley (co-authors: Federico Frattini and Giorgio Prodi), Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2017, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 881-904.

  • [5] Powering production: The case of the sisal fibre production in the Tanga region, Tanzania (co-authors: Francesco Fuso Nerini, David Bauner and Mark Howells), Energy Policy, 2016, vol. 98, pp. 544-556.

  • [4] Triggers of Change: structural trajectories and production dynamics (co-author: Roberto Scazzieri), Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2014, vol. 38, no. 6, pp. 1391-1408.

  • [3] Structural Learning: embedding discoveries and the dynamics of production, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 2014, vol. 29, pp. 58-74.

  • [2] What is New in the New Industrial Policy? A Manufacturing System Perspective (co-authors: Eoin O’Sullivan, Carlos Lopez-Gomez and Mike Gregory), Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 2013, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 432-462.

  • [1] Why and How Does Manufacturing Still Matter: Old Rationales, New Realities (co-author: Mike Gregory), Revue d’Economie Industrielle, vol. 144, no. 4, pp. 17-54.

Contributions to volumes
Academic working papers