UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Dr Antonio Andreoni

Dr Antonio Andreoni

Associate Professor of Industrial Economics

Inst for Innovation and Public Purpose

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Mar 2020

Research summary

Dr Andreoni is the Head of Research at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. He is also an Editor of the European Journal of Development Research and an Associate Editor of Economia Politica – Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics.

Dr Andreoni’s research focuses on production, technological change, and social conditions of innovation; structural transformation and industrialisation; global value chains and local industrial ecosystems; financialisation of business enterprises; state capabilities and corruption; political economy of industrial policy and energy transition; competition policy, digitalisation and digital platforms. His work appeared in several leading journals including the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Cambridge Journal of Regions Economy and Society, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Development and Change, European Journal of Development Research, Energy Policy, Health Policy and Planning. His edited volumes include Structural Transformation in South Africa, 2021, OUP.

Dr Andreoni’s research is grounded on a political economy understanding of value creation, capture and distribution dynamics across different productive, structural and institutional contexts. He has been investigating how these complex economic dynamics are structurally and politically shaped by the changing relationships within and across productive organisations, sectoral value chains and governments. Dr Andreoni 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. He has also looked at the political economy of industrial development and corporate change, specifically how financialisation, rents capture and corruption processes destroy the productive and social conditions for shared prosperity, ultimately closing the door to sustainable development pathways. 

For over a decade Dr Andreoni’s research has given particular emphasis to the role of the state and industrial policy – both at the national and regional levels – in creating and shaping market and industries, managing transitions and conflicts, and driving innovative structural transformation. 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. Dr Andreoni also developed sectoral expertise in medical device, pharmaceuticals, automotive, packaging machinery, mining equipment, automation and robotics, energy.

Teaching summary

At IIPP, Dr Andreoni leads the core module on Public Value and Public Purpose of the IIPP’s Master in Public Administration (MPA) and supervises MPA students’ dissertations and placements. He is also co-convenor and lecturer for the BASC module on Rethinking Capitalism. In 2020 he has contributed to the establishment and growing of the IIPP Executive Education programme. Since 2021 he has been the programme convenor of the Executive Education Programme for the South African Government, delivered in collaboration with the National School of Government of South Africa. Since 2016 he has acted as primary and secondary supervisor for several PhD students at the Department of Economics at SOAS University of London and at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. He also co-supervise PhD students at the University of Johannesburg. 

Before joining UCL, Dr Andreoni has thought at Cambridge University, SOAS University of London, University of Johannesburg, LUISS Guido Carli, TELECOM Ecole de Management in Paris and University of Bologna. He has been a regular invited lecturer for the African Programme for Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) and the Advanced Stiglitz Programme on Poverty, Development and Globalisation. Dr Andreoni has been a founding member of Reteaching Economics and collaborated with students and young scholars-led initiatives including Rethinking Economics, and the Young Scholar Initiative at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET YSI). 


Dr Antonio Andreoni is Associate Professor of Industrial Economics at University College London (UCL), and Head of Research of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose. He is also Visiting Associate Professor in the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the South African Research Chair (SARCHi) in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg. Dr Andreoni is an Editor of the European Journal of Development Research and an Associate Editor of Economia Politica – Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics

Before joining UCL, Dr Andreoni was Senior Lecturer in Economics at SOAS University of London and Research Director of the Anti-Corruption Evidence Research Partnership Consortium (SOAS-ACE). He started his academic career at the University of Cambridge where he was Post-doctoral Research Associate in University-Industry Strategic Partnerships, Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering. Over the last decade Dr Andreoni has held Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) at Potsdam, Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) and TELECOM Ecole de Management, Paris. He has been a Member of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) at Columbia University, the Academic-Industry Research Network and the Cambridge Babbage Forum.

For over a decade Dr Andreoni has worked as an expert for several national development departments, United Nations agencies and international multilateral organisations including the World Bank, OECD, DFID, GIZ, AFD, 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; the UK Business Integrity Initiative. He also collaborated with foundations such as Gatsby Africa and the African Climate Foundation (ACF).

In 2021 Dr Andreoni received the ASN Habilitation to Full Professor in Economics from the Ministry of University and Research of Italy (Classi Concorsuali 13/A1 Economia Politica, 13/A2 Politica Economica e 13/A4 Economia Applicata).Dr Andreoni holds a PhD from Cambridge University and is Life Member of Clare Hall. Before moving to the UK, Dr Andreoni 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.