Maria Savona

Professor of Economics of Innovation at SPRU

University of Sussex Business School

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Areas of interest

  • Economics of Innovation
  • Labour Economics
  • Economics of Artificial Intelligence;
  • Digital Trade
  • Data Value and Governance


Maria Savona is is a deputy theme lead for 'Digitisation and Technical Change' and a researcher within the Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy (CITP). She is Professor of Applied Economics at the Department of Economics at LUISS University, Rome and Economics of Innovation at SPRU - the Science Policy Research Unit - at the University of Sussex. She was previously at the University of Cambridge, UK, Universities of Strasbourg and Lille 1, France.

Her research focuses on the effects of technical change and innovation on employment and wage inequality; innovation and industrial policy; barriers to innovation; the structural change of the sectoral composition of economies, particularly the emergence of global value chains in services. More recently, she works on the governance of data and policies to redistribute data value.

She has led and co-led several grants funded by the EC, ESRC, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Greater London Authority, IDRC. She has advised the IADB; ECLAC; UN ESCAP; OECD; NESTA; BEIS, DETI. She is an Editor for Research Policy, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Economia Politica, and a former member of the High Level Expert Group on the Impact of Digital Transformation on EU Labour Markets for the European Commission.

She has been involved in keynote talks and expert panels by the EC, the UK Department of Industry and Trade, the UKRI, ECLAC, UNDESA, EY, EC JRC, NESTA, Microsoft and Aspen Institute, OECD and Wolskwagen Foundation, Bruegel, The German Marshall Fund of the US.

She is part of the engagement and impact steering committee of The Productivity Institute. She is Vice-President of the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society. She is co-leading the H2020 PILLARS (Pathways to Inclusive Labour Markets).

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