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Research interests

My Interests encompass all what is connected with Sustainable Production and Consumption, which is Goal 12 of the UN Development Goals. I have interest in researching all angles of Sustainability implementation but I am particularly interested in sustainable business models, such as: 

Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

MaaS is “a user-centric, intelligent mobility management and distribution system, in which an integrator brings together offerings of multiple mobility service providers, and provides end-users access to them through a digital interface, allowing them to seamlessly plan and pay for mobility” (Kamargianni et al. 2018,5)

Product Service Systems (PSS)

A PSS is “…a competitive system of products, services, supporting networks and infrastructure” designed to satisfy demand using fewer resources than traditional business models (Mont 2002,239)

 Access Based Consumption (ABC)

 ABC encompasses “transactions that can be market mediated but where no transfer of ownership takes place” (Bardhi and Eckhardt 2012, 1). Access is a process by which suppliers “sell access, the ‘experience’” (Rifkin 2000, 44) of temporarily accessing products or services

My research perspectives include:

Practice Theory

Consumer Culture Theory

Teaching specialisms

Doctoral Supervision

I am interested in supervising research students in any projects focusing on sustainable innovation, production and consumption. In particular, I am interested in projects on human subjects’ relation with sustainable approaches to sustainable personal transport, such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Demand Responsive Transport (DRT). Further, I am interested in projects focused in the engagement of human subjects with sustainable business models, such as Product Service Systems, and approaches to the circular economy, industrial ecology and symbiosis.

My methodological interests are around qualitative approaches in the context of case studies and socio-technical experiments, especially if underpinned by theoretical approaches such as Practice Theory and Consumer Culture Theory. Of course, for projects having a quantitative flavour it is possible to draw on the resources of the University, which numbers strong quantitative researchers.  

Commercial and public engagement

I have been involved in collaborative research and consultancy projects involving Sustainable Production & Consumption with organizations in the public sector such as the Department of Environment, Food and Rural affairs (DEFRA) and with commercial companies in the following sectors:

  • Infant care products
  • Automotive
  • Electronics
  • Pharmaceuticals

I have a record of accomplishment in managing research projects from inception to reporting. I co-ordinate collaborators from different disciplines, ranging from Social to Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

I am experienced with a range of qualitative research methods and have run a number of research projects including through action research. I can apply these skills in commercial as well as academic and policy orientated contexts.

I am bilingual Italian – English and I have conducted qualitative research in both languages.

Education/Academic qualification

Sustainable Innovation, PhD, An Investigation into the Social and Cultural Dynamics that Shape Product Service Systems Consumption, The Open University

1 Nov 20121 Nov 2018

Award Date: 3 Apr 2019

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, The Open University

3 May 2019 → …

Director and Chair, Centre of Research In Just Transitions (crijt.org)

31 Mar 2001 → …

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