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Francesca Gambarotto is professor of applied economics at the Dept. of economic and management sciences “Marco Fanno”, University of Padova. She teaches circular economy for local development, regional economics and economics of innovation. Her main research interests are in sustainable territorial development through the analysis of circular economy, firms’ innovation processes and decision-makers polity. Using the variety of capitalism framework, she analyses regional disparities and problems of economic periferization. Recently, she was visiting scholar at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy in Germany.

She was in national and European research teams like Esemk – European Socio-Economic Models of a Knowledge-based Society – ICaTSEM – Institutional Changes and Trajectories of Socio-Economic development Models – Shoecoll, Leonardo da Vinci Programme, Profili, European Interreg Italy-Slovenia)

Since 2014 she is president of the Scientific and Technological Park Galileo in Padova and previously she had the same role for the Venetian Nanotechnology District in the bailout phase.

Recent Publication

2020 Inadatta al rigore? Le debolezze strutturali dell’economia italiana nell’Unione monetaria in prospettiva storica (with Marco Rangone and Stefano Solari), in Calandri E., G. Laschi, S. Paoli (eds), L’Europa adulta, Bologna: Il Mulino, pp: 225-249.

2019 Financialization and Deindustrialization in the Southern European Periphery (with Marco Rangone and Stefano Solari), Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies, vol.5(3): 151-172.

2018 The role of industry variety in the creation of innovative start-ups in Italy, (with R. Antonietti), Small Business Economics, pp.1-13. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-018-0034-4

2017 Globalizzazione ed evoluzione dell’identità distrettuale: quale ruolo per il capitale sociale territoriale? (with S. Solari), Economia e Società regionale, 2/2017, p. 76-84, DOI: 10.3280/ES2017-002007

2016 Il mito tecnologico a servizio dello sviluppo urbano: quale ruolo per lo Stato? (with A. Cammozzo) In Paolo Ramazzotti (edited by), Stato sociale, politica economica e democrazia. Riflessioni sullo spazio e il ruolo dell’intervento pubblico oggi, Trieste: Asterios Editore, p. 247-284.

2016 Cognitive distance in public procurement and public-private partnerships: An analysis of the construction sector (with A. Caloffi), Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, November 21, p. 1-19.

2015 The relational models of the software industry in Italy and Spain relative to Germany (with S. Solari, L. Orsi) In (edited by) F. Belussi, L, Orsi, Innovation, Alliances, and Networks in High-Tech Environments, London: Routledge.

2015 Usabilità e utilizzo dei sistemi locali nello studio delle economie territoriali, in La Nuova Geografia dei Sistemi Locali, Istat: Roma, p. 55-60.

2014 Territorial Rooting as an Element of Well-Being, (with S. Solari) Review of Social Economy, vol. 72, p. 1-19.