Dr Francesco Grillo

Dr Francesco Grillo

Academic Visitor
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Francesco’s academic interests range from European studies to innovation policies. His last book (published by Palgrave in 2016) was on the relationship between participation, innovation and economic growth in Europe; his research at the St. Antony’s College at the Oxford University will be mostly about taking the same argument at global level comparing nations experiencing different forms of democracy and development patterns. China, Italy and Australia will be the cases that Francesco will study to test his hypothesis on how is the relationship between participation and economic performance changing in the twenty first century.

He holds a Phd in Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also got a MBA with High Honor from Boston University (MA) and a Laurea in Economics Magna Cum Laude from LUISS (Rome). He is affiliate Professor at the University Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies.  He is advisor to Italy’s Minister of Education & Research and to the European Commission on smart specialization.

Alongside his academic activity, Francesco is also a management consultant. He worked at McKinsey and he is, now, managing Director of Vision & Value, a consulting firm with offices in Rome and Brussels. He is also director of the think tank Vision, columnist for the main Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. He writes for the Guardian and Open Democracy and he is often a guest on Italian TV broadcasting.


Selected Publications: 

Grillo F., Bellini N., Lazzeri G. and Pasquinelli C. “Tourism and regional economic resilience from a policy perspective: lessons from smart specialization strategies in Europe

European Planning Studies” Vol. 25 , Iss. 1,2017”

Grillo F. and Nanetti R., (2016), Innovation, efficiency and democracy: exploring the innovation puzzle within the European Union’s Regional Development Policies. London, Palgrave McMillan.

Grillo F., (2015), “How to institutionalise the entrepreneurial discovery process?”. In European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (ed.), Governing Smart Specialisation: the institutions of entrepreneurial discovery. London, Routledge.

Grillo F., Dutton W.H., and Cobo C. (2015) “Change and stability in the economic geography of information: the distribution of kobs overtime and across industries in the internet age”, In Symphonya (ed.), Emerging Issues in Management, 1: 44-63.

Grillo F. and Laperrouze J. (2013), “Measuring the cost of congestion on urban area and the flexible congestion rights”. In Journal of Management and Sustainability, June 2013, Vol. 3, Issue 2 : pp.40-55. 

Grillo F. and Pasquali O. (2012), “Identify Areas of Improvement in the Universities Ranking”, Evaluation of Higher Education, June 2012, Volume 6, Issue 1: 61-98.

Grillo F. and  Landabaso (2011), “Merits, problems and paradoxes of regional innovation policies”, Local Economy, November 2011, Volume 26, Issue 6-7: 544 – 561.

Grillo F., Iannacci F., T. Cornford T. and Cordella A. (2009), “Evaluating  Monitoring Systems in the European Social Fund context: a socio-technical approach”, Evaluation Review, October 2009; Issue 33(5): 419-45.