moronePiergiuseppe Morone
Research Group Coordinator
Unitelma Sapienza
Show BioPiergiuseppe Morone is an economist with an interest in evolutionary theory applied especially to sustainable innovation studies. As a postgraduate student, he was trained at SPRU-Sussex University where he received in 2003 his PhD in Science & Technology Policy with a thesis on innovation economics, investigating the relation between social network architectures and speed of diffusion of knowledge and innovations.
He is now Full Professor of Economic Policy at Unitelma Sapienza – University of Rome with a strong interest in green innovation and sustainability transitions pushing his research at the interface between innovation, food & agricultural economics and green chemistry, an area of enquiry that has attracted growing attention among social scientists over the last decade. His work regularly appears in prestigious and highly impacted innovation and environmental economics journals.
He is project coordinator of STAR-ProBio, a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (BB-01-2016: Sustainability schemes for the bio-based economy). He acted as vice-chair and Management Committee member of the Cost Action TD1203 on Food waste valorization.
Piergiuseppe is member of the Editorial Boards of Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry (ELSEVIER) and Open Agriculture (De Gruyter Open) and acts as Guest Editor for various journal including the Journal of Cleaner Production (ELSEVIER).
senaBarbara Sena
Unitelma Sapienza
Show BioBarbara Sena holds a European PhD in socio-economic and statistical studies. She currently is Assistant Professor in Economic Sociology at the University of Rome Unitelma Sapienza where she teaches Human Resource Management, Economic sociology and Sociology of economic innovation. She deals with issues related to social responsibility in economic and social contexts and she is now working on the responsible consumption with a focus on the topic of responsible innovation. She is also expert in methods of social research, particularly in construction of questionnaires and analysis of statistical data (quantitative methods) and ethnomethodology and case study method (qualitative methods).
imbertEnrica Imbert
Unitelma Sapienza
Show BioDr. Enrica Imbert (f) works on topics related to sustainable development by applying innovative tools such as Social Network Analysis. She obtained a PhD in ‘Economic Development, Finance and International Cooperation’ at Sapienza University in 2015. She is a Research Fellow at Unitelma-Sapienza and currently her research focus is on issues related to the market uptake of bio-based products.
falconePasquale Marcello Falcone
Unitelma Sapienza
Show BioPasquale Marcello Falcone is a Research Fellow in Economic Policy at Department of Law and Economics of Unitelma Sapienza – University of Rome. He obtained a PhD in Economics at University of Foggia (Italy) and an MSc in Economics at University of Leicester (UK). His core research interest concerns the understanding of the mechanisms through which transitions towards a bio-based economy can be intertwined with socio-economic and policy aspects. Recently he is exploring the role of social learning in the transition towards a bio-based economy.
sicaEdgardo Sica
Università di Foggia
Show BioEdgardo Sica is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Foggia. He gained a Master in ‘Economics and Finance’ at the ‘Federico II’ University of Naples (Italy), a MA in ‘Development Economics’ at the University of Sussex (UK), a Ph.D. in ‘Economics and Technologies for the Sustainable Development’ at the University of Foggia (Italy), and a Ph.D. in ‘Technology and Innovation Management’ at the SPRU (UK). He is a member of the ‘Experts Directory on World Association for Sustainable Development’ (WASD), of the ‘Sustainability Transitions Network’, and of the ‘Food Waste Valorisation for Sustainable Chemicals, Materials and Fuels’ (EUBis) COST Action. His main research interest lies in the evolutionary analysis of the sustainable development, with a particular focus upon the financial constraints of eco-innovative companies.
laduLuana Ladu
TUB – Technische Universität Berlin
Show BioMs. Luana Ladu holds a M. Sc. in Economics from UFBA (Brazil) and a Degree in Law and Business Administration (Master equivalent) from Bocconi University (Italy). She has ten years of professional experience in research and in international development cooperation in the fields of bioeconomy, sustainability, education, labour market policy and ICT for development. She is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Chair of Innovation Economics at the Technische Universität Berlin in the implementation of two European research project: the Open-bio project ( and the Star4BBI project ( She is currently starting her Phd in economics in the field of regulatory foresight for an effective transition toward a sustainable bio-based circular economy.
taniAlmona Tani
PHD Student
Show BioAlmona Tani is a PhD student in Economic Geography at the Doctoral School of Economics Sapienza, University of Rome (Italy). Her PhD thesis focuses on technology transfer and innovation policy, accordingly, in 2015 she won a Marie Sklodowska-Curie – RISE fellowship for the research project MAPS-LED (Multidisciplinary Approach to Plan Smart Specialization Strategies for Local Economic Development) in order to conduct an empirical research on innovative ecosystems in Boston, USA. She obtained her MA in Economic Sciences with a focus on Public Policy at Sapienza, University of Rome in 2013. During this period she attended an internship at UNDP Albania in the project “Enhancing Regional Trade and Attracting New Investments in Albania” concerning the Albanian economic recovery, with a particular attention to the implementation of policies in hydropower energy. In 2010 Almona graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Economics of International Cooperation and Development at the same university, with a major in socio-political and economic analysis to the countries’ development. Recently she is working on sustainability transition theory and innovative technologies, investigating particularly the transition to sustainable innovative systems. She is now completing a study concerning the patterns of clean technologies transition in the Boston area.
trottaMichele Trotta
Law Firm Practitioner
Show BioMichele Trotta graduated in Law at Sapienza University of Rome in 2016 with a final dissertation in Economic Policy dealing with social, regulatory and economic issues associated with food security and food waste. Michele collaborates with many online magazines, focusing mostly on environmental policy related issues. In 2013 he was awarded the price “Giornalisti nell’Erba” for the documentary “Lago per tutti, cemento per nessuno” (Lake for everybody, concrete for nobody). In September 2012 he started collaborating with United Network – an Italian organization specialized in arranging students’ participation in the Model United Nations, simulating sessions of the United Nations organised by prestigious international universities and training institutions accredited by the UN. This entails mainly juridical training courses for students focused on human rights. Since July 2016 Michele has been collaborating with Saldutti-Mioli Law Firm and has taken part in the editorial project “Food Waste Reduction and Valorisation – Sustainability Assessment and Policy Analysis” in the framework of an internship at Unitelma Sapienza – University of Rome.
tartiuValentina Elena Tartiu
Unitelma Sapienza
Show BioValentina Elena Tartiu is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), University of Oslo, currently involved in several WPs of the SusValueWaste (Sustainable path creation for innovative value chains for organic waste products) project. Valentina holds a Ph.D. in Management (2011), and a M.Sc. in English Education and Research Communication for Business and Economics (2010), at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. Her PhD work has focused on complex, semi-structured and unstructured decision problems associated with the municipal waste management system in Romania. Valentina’s research interests focus on modelling of complex systems and sustainability issues, specifically around: sustainability transitions towards bioeconomy, networks and diffusion of innovations, bio-based industrial value chains, sustainable waste management (e.g. innovative valorisation technologies, zero waste), uncertainty in complex systems. Valentina has gained a valuable expertise in this field as member of WG4 – Technical Sustainability Assessment/Policy Analysis – COST Action TD1203: Food Waste Valorisation for Sustainable Chemicals, Materials and Fuels (EUBIS), and previously as a Research fellow at STAR*AgroEnergy Interdisciplinary Research Unit, University of Foggia, Italy, where she focused on assessing uncertainty in sustainability transitions, for the case of integrated valorisation of biowaste towards bioeconomy. Since 2013, Valentina is member of ISWA Young Professionals Group.
govoniFrancesca Govoni
Junior Project Manager
Unitelma Sapienza
Show BioFrancesca Govoni graduated in Law at “Roma Tre” University in 2015, writing a final dissertation on EU’s environmental policy. After completing her BA, she obtained a Master degree in International Relationships in Rome, at the LUMSA University, focusing mostly on European and International Law, Bioeconomy, Environmental Law and Environmental Economics. In 2016 she won a scholarship from Lazio Regional Government to attend a training programme on “EU policies and funding schemes” in Brussels. She is currently Junior Project Manager at Unitelma-Sapienza working on the preparation of Horizon2020 proposals and on the financial and administrative management of EU funded projects.