Sofia Torreggiani (2017 Cohort)


Sofia Torreggiani


About me/education: I am a PhD Candidate in Development Economics and a member of the Industrial Development and Policy Research Cluster at SOAS, University of London. I hold a BA, a M.Sc. and an Advanced Diploma in Economics jointly awarded by the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and the University of Pisa. Prior to joining the Department of Economics at SOAS, I have worked as an Economist at the Trade and Markets Division of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO), focusing on international trade, agricultural productivity and structural transformation dynamics in sub-Saharan countries. During my Master, I have interned with the Investment and Technology Promotion Office of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with the Economic Affairs Office at the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and with the Economic and Fiscal Studies Unit at the Italian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance (MEF).

My research: My research analyses the increasing participation of emrging countries into South-South trade, global value chains and production networks (GVCs, GPNs). More specifically, I am interested in studying the impact of increasing international competition and production fragmentation on domestic production systems in emerging economies, focusing on a number of dimensions such as employment dynamics, capability development (or erosion), exports and innovation performances. The development trajectories of firms in the post-apartheid South Africa are used as a case study.

The difference my research makes: My research aims to enrich our understanding of the effects of globalised production on firms’ performances in emerging countries, helping to inform the debate and to prioritise a range of context-specific trade and industrial policies.

Supervisors: Dr. Antonio Andreoni

Publications: Torreggiani, S., Mangioni, G., Puma, M. J., Fagiolo, G. (2018) “Identifying the community stucture of the international food trade multi-network”, Environmental Research Letters, 13(5). 

Pathway: International Development

Location: SOAS, University of London, Department of Economics


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