Fontana Roberto

Associate Professor

  • Contact

    email: roberto.fontana (at)

  • Phone Number

    (+39) 382 98 5916

  • Office Hour

    Tuesday, 9.30 – 12.00

Brief Bio


2005 Assistant Professor (Applied Economics), Department of Economics, University of Pavia, Italy

2002 Post Doc Fellow, CESPRI, Bocconi University, Italy

1998 Ph.D. student, SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, UK


2002 Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy Studies awarded by University of Sussex, UK

1998 M.Sc. Science and Technology Policy, University of Sussex, UK (co-winner of the Roy Rothwell Prize for outstanding MSc dissertations)

Grants and Scholarships

2001 University of Genoa, Italy

1999 Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy (grant No 204.4897)

1999 University of Pavia, Italy

1998 University of Pavia, Italy

1998 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK (grant No R00429834410)


Member of the Economic Association for Research on Industrial Economics

Member of the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society

Member of the Academy of Management


My main interests are in the fields of innovation, diffusion and standardisation, product innovation, and variety, and their implications for the dynamics and structural evolution of industries, with particular reference to high technology sectors, such as computers, communication equipment, and semiconductors.

MIBE Courses