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Antonio Andreoni

Professor of Development Economics, Department of Economics, SOAS University of London and Visiting Associate Professor, SARChI Industrial Development, SOAS, University of London

Antonio Andreoni is Professor of Development Economics at the Department of Economics, SOAS University of London. He is also Honorary Professor at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London, and Visiting Professor at the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg. Professor Andreoni is an Editor of the European Journal of Development Research and an Associate Editor of Economia Politica – Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics. He is also a Member of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) at Columbia University, the Academic-Industry Research Network and the Cambridge Babbage Forum. Before joining UCL, Dr Andreoni was Senior Lecturer in Economics at SOAS University of London and Research Director of the Anti-Corruption Evidence Research Partnership Consortium (SOAS-ACE). Dr Andreoni holds a PhD from Cambridge University and is Life Member of Clare Hall.

Professor Andreoni’s research focuses on production, technological change, and social conditions of innovation; structural transformation and industrialisation; global value chains and local industrial ecosystems; financialisation of business enterprises; state capabilities and corruption; political economy of industrial policy and energy transition; competition policy, digitalisation and digital platforms. His work appeared in several leading journals including the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Cambridge Journal of Regions Economy and Society, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Development and Change, European Journal of Development Research, Energy Policy, Health Policy and Planning. His edited volumes include Structural Transformation in South Africa: The Challenges of Inclusive Industrial Development in a Middle-Income Country, 2021, Oxford University Press.

For over a decade Dr Andreoni has worked as an expert for several national development departments, United Nations agencies and international multilateral organisations including the World Bank, OECD, DFID, GIZ, AFD, UNIDO, UNCTAD, ILO, UNDP, UN DESA and UN ECA. He also advised governments in industrial policymaking in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Finland and the UK. He has also collaborated with Gatsby Africa and African Climate Foundations.


  • 2020–present
    Associate professor, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
  • 2020–present
    Visiting associate professor, South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg