I have been a Senior Lecturer at SPRU, University of Sussex, Senior Research Fellow at RSCAS - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies - European University Institute and Research Fellow at BETA, Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg), and at MERIT, Maastricht University. I obtained my PhD from the Department of Economics, Maastricht University.
My research interests include Economics of Science, Economics of Innovation, Science and Technology Policy, Political Economy of Science and Technology, ICT and Internet Economics, Economic Growth and Development Economics. My core research area is the socio-economic analysis of university research behaviour and its links to innovation and economic growth.
In 1999 I published The Economics of Knowledge Production, with Edward Elgar (freely available PDF version of the book is available here). With Amon Salter and Ed Steinmueller, I edited the book Science and Innovation: Rethinking the Rationales for Funding and Governance, Edward Elgar, 2003. With Vittorio Valli e Roberto Burlando I have published the book Politica Economica e Macroeconomia, Carocci, 2010. In 2013 I have published with Federica Rossi the book L’università e il sistema economico, Il Mulino. A translated, updated and revised version was published by Edward Elgar in 2015 with the title The University and the Economy. Finally, I edited the book Global Mobility of Research Scientists, Academic Press, 2015.