Dr Stefano  Ghinoi

Dr Stefano Ghinoi PhD

Senior Lecturer in Economic Sociology

Dr Stefano Ghinoi is a Senior Lecturer in Economic Sociology at the Department of Economics and International Business. Before joining the University of Greenwich, he worked as a post-doc researcher at the University of Helsinki (Finland) and the University of Bologna (Italy).

He received a PhD in Economic Statistics from the University of Bologna, Department of Statistical Sciences, in 2016. He worked as a consultant for private companies and public authorities in Italy and other European countries, and he has teaching experience in Microeconomics, Statistics, and Social Network Analysis. His main research interests include economics of innovation, sustainability and climate change, organizational networks, and policy evaluation.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Module leader
  • Mentor for the Mentorship Programme at the Doctoral Society
  • PhD supervisor
  • Member of the PGT Student Experience Team
  • Member of the Organising Committee for the 6th European Conference on Social Networks (organized by the University of Greenwich)


  • Unsung Hero of the Year, Staff Awards 2022 University of Greenwich


  • Member of the PLOS ONE Editorial Board
  • Member of the SN Business & Economics Editorial Board
  • Reviewer for: Research & Politics; R&D Management; Ecological Economics; Journal of Environmental Management; International Journal of Manpower; Ecological Indicators; Economic Modelling
  • Visiting Scholar at the University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • Visiting researcher at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” (Italy)
  • Visiting researcher at the Federal University for Latin American Integration (Brazil)
  • Member of INSNA – International Network for Social Network Analysis
  • Member of EGOS – European Group for Organizational Studies
  • Member of HELSUS - Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science
  • Member of the Eco-welfare research group (University of Trieste)

Research / Scholarly interests

Dr Stefano Ghinoi is currently working on the following research projects:

  • The role of local stakeholders in developing a circular economy system.
  • How intra-organizational knowledge networks foster business model innovation in SMEs and large companies.
  • Mapping political discourse on climate change, using Discourse Network Analysis to detect patterns of collaboration among policymakers.

Recent publications


Barone, Vincenzo , Gaeta, Giuseppe Lucio, Ghinoi, Stefano, Silvestri, Francesco (2023), LEADER Local Action Groups and Inner areas: an Italian case study. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Evaluation and Program Planning: 102357 ISSN: 0149-7189 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2023.102357) NB Item availability restricted.

Conaldi, Guido , De Vita, Riccardo, Ghinoi, Stefano, Foster, Dawn Marie (2023), Virtual collaborative spaces: a case study on the antecedents of collaboration in an open-source software community. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, R&D Management ISSN: 0033-6807 (Print), 1467-9310 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/radm.12599).

Ghinoi, Stefano , De Vita, Riccardo, Steiner, Bodo, Sinatra, Alessandro (2023), Family firm network strategies in regional clusters: evidence from Italy. Springer US. In: , , , . Springer US, Small Business Economics ISSN: 0921-898X (Print), 1573-0913 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-023-00755-5).

Ghinoi, Stefano and , Omori, Miki (2023), Expert knowledge and social innovation: analysing policy debates in Japan. Routledge. In: , , , . Routledge, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship ISSN: 1942-0676 (Print), 1942-0684 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/19420676.2023.2178485).

Prodi, Elena , Ghinoi, Stefano, Rubini, Lauretta, Silvestri, Francesco (2023), Do informal institutions matter for the economic resilience of European regions? A study of the post-2008 shock. Springer. In: , , , . Springer, Economia Politica, 2023 ISSN: 1120-2890 (Print), 1973-820X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40888-022-00293-5).

Ghinoi, Stefano and , Di Toma, Paolo (2022), Managers' brokerage for business model innovation: a case study. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Creativity and Innovation Management, 31 (4) . pp. 614-635 ISSN: 0963-1690 (Print), 1467-8691 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/caim.12523).

Caloffi, Annalisa , Freo, Marzia, Ghinoi, Stefano, Mariani, Marco , Rossi, Federica (2022), Assessing the effects of a deliberate policy mix: the case of technology and innovation advisory services and innovation vouchers. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Research Policy, 51: 104535 (6) ISSN: 0048-7333 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2022.104535) NB Item availability restricted.

Ghinoi, Stefano , De Vita, Riccardo, Silvestri, Francesco (2021), Local policymakers' attitudes towards climate change: a multi-method case study. Elsevier B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier B.V., Social Networks ISSN: 0378-8733 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2021.09.001).

Ghinoi, Stefano , De Vita, Riccardo, Steiner, Bodo, Sinatra, Alessandro (2021), Knowledge networks and the role of family firms: The case of an Italian regional cluster. MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity, 7: 193 (3) 2199-8531 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/joitmc7030193).

Piras, Simone , Wesz Jr., Valdemar João, Ghinoi, Stefano (2021), Soy expansion, environment, and human development: an analysis across Brazilian municipalities. MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Sustainability, 13: 7246 (13) ISSN: 2071-1050 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137246).

Ghinoi, Stefano and , Di Toma, Paolo (2021), Conceptualising business model innovation: evidence from the managers’ advice network. Routledge. In: , , , . Routledge, Innovation: Organization & Management, 24 (2) . pp. 251-271 ISSN: 1447-9338 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14479338.2021.1885298).

Ghinoi, Stefano , Steiner, Bodo, Makkonen, Teemu (2021), The role of proximity in stakeholder networks for smart specialisation: a sparsely populated area case study. Routledge. In: , , , . Routledge, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research ISSN: 1351-1610 (Print), 1469-8412 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13511610.2021.1879631).

Gaeta, Giuseppe Lucio , Ghinoi, Stefano, Silvestri, Francesco, Tassinari, Mattia (2020), Innovation in the solid waste management industry: integrating neoclassical and complexity theory perspectives. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Waste Management, 120 . pp. 50-58 ISSN: 0956-053X (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2020.11.009).

Ghinoi, Stefano , Steiner, Bodo, Makkonen, Teemu, Hassink, Robert (2020), Smart specialisation strategies on the periphery: a data-triangulation approach to governance issues and practices. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Regional Studies, 55 (3) . pp. 402-413 ISSN: 0034-3404 (Print), 1360-0591 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2020.1791321).

Gaeta, Giuseppe Lucio , Ghinoi, Stefano, Silvestri, Francesco, Trasciani, Giorgia (2020), Exploring networking of third sector organizations: a case study based on the Quartieri Spagnoli neighborhood in Naples (Italy). Springer. In: , , , . Springer, VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 32 (4) . pp. 750-766 ISSN: 0957-8765 (Print), 1573-7888 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-020-00241-6).

Di Toma, Paolo and , Ghinoi, Stefano (2020), Overcoming hierarchy in business model innovation: an actor-oriented approach. Emerald. In: , , , . Emerald, European Journal of Innovation Management, 24 (4) . pp. 1057-1081 ISSN: 1460-1060 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-10-2019-0307).

Ghinoi, Stefano and , Steiner, Bodo (2020), The political debate on climate change in Italy: a discourse network analysis. Cogitatio. In: , , , . Cogitatio, Politics and Governance, 8 (2) . pp. 215-228 ISSN: 2183–2463 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v8i2.2577).

Michetti, Melania and , Ghinoi, Stefano (2020), Climate-driven vulnerability and risk perception: implications for climate change adaptation in rural Mexico. Springer Nature. In: , , , . Springer Nature, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences ISSN: 2190-6483 (Print), 2190-6491 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-020-00607-8).

Ghinoi, Stefano , Silvestri, Francesco, Steiner, Bodo (2019), The role of local stakeholders in disseminating knowledge for supporting the circular economy: a network analysis approach. Elsevier B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier B.V., Ecological Economics, 169: 106446 ISSN: 0921-8009 (Print), 1873-6106 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106446).

Ghinoi, Stefano , Silvestri, Francesco, Steiner, Bodo (2019), Toward the creation of novel food waste management systems: a network approach. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Cleaner Production, 246: 118987 ISSN: 0959-6526 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118987).

Caloffi, Annalisa , Freo, Marzia, Ghinoi, Stefano, Rossi, Federica , Russo, Margherita (2019), Is a policy mix more effective than individual policies for SME innovation? An exploratory analysis. fteval. In: , , , . fteval, fteval - Journal for research and technology policy evaluation, 47 . pp. 72-77 ISSN: 1726-6629 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.22163/fteval.2019.333).

Ponstein, Helena J. , Ghinoi, Stefano, Steiner, Bodo (2019), How to increase sustainability in the Finnish wine supply chain? Insights from a country of origin based greenhouse gas emissions analysis. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Cleaner Production, 226 . pp. 768-780 ISSN: 0959-6526 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.04.088).

Ercolano, Salvatore , Gaeta, Giuseppe Lucio, Ghinoi, Stefano, Silvestri, Francesco (2018), Kuznets curve in municipal solid waste production: an empirical analysis based on municipal-level panel data from the Lombardy region (Italy). Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Ecological Indicators, 93 . pp. 397-403 ISSN: 1470-160X (Print), (doi: ).

Ghinoi, Stefano , Wesz Junior, Valdemar João, Piras, Simone (2018), Political debates and agricultural policies: Discourse coalitions behind the creation of Brazil’s Pronaf. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Land Use Policy, 76 . pp. 68-80 ISSN: 0264-8377 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.04.039).

Gaeta, Giuseppe Lucio , Ghinoi, Stefano, Silvestri, Francesco (2017), Municipal performance in waste recycling: an empirical analysis based on data from the Lombardy region (Italy). Springer. In: , , , . Springer, Letters in Spatial and Resources Sciences, 10 (3) . pp. 337-352 ISSN: 1864-4031 (Print), 1864-404X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12076-017-0188-8).

Book section

De Vita, Riccardo , Gaeta, Giuseppe Lucio, Silvestri, Francesco, Ghinoi, Stefano (2023), Italian inner areas' strategic plans: a textual network analysis of the Appennino Emiliano and Madonie case studies. Taylor and Francis - Routledge. In: , , In: María del Carmen Sánchez-Carreira, Paulo Jorge Reis Mourão, Bruno Blanco-Varela (eds.), European Regional Policy and Development: Forgotten Regions and Spaces. Taylor and Francis - Routledge, London (1st) . pp. 1-16 . ISBN: 9781003256281 (doi: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003256281).

Mareggi, Marco and , Ghinoi, Stefano (2018), Individuare e attivare risorse latenti in aree marginali: tra domanda istituzionale e istanze per un progetto di sviluppo rurale. Planum Publisher. In: , , In: Daniele Villa (ed.), Open Data for Cultural Heritage: Placed Based Digital Humanities between representation, design and innovation. Planum Publisher, (2nd) . pp. 41-54 . ISBN: 9788899237110 (doi: ).

Conference item

Correggi, Cecilia , Ghinoi, Stefano, Di Toma, Paolo (2022), Business models towards circular economy: a bibliometric analysis. In: 6th European Conference on Social Networks, 12th to 16th September 2022, Networks and Urban Systems Centre at the University of Greenwich, London , . , (doi: https://eusn2022.org/) NB Item availability restricted.

Di Toma, Paolo , Ghinoi, Stefano, De Vita, Riccardo (2022), Ambidextrous managers and the idea journey: an intra-organizational network perspective. In: 38TH EGOS Colloquium, 7-9 July 2022, Vienna (Austria) , . , (doi: ).

Ghinoi, Stefano and , Omori, Miki (2021), Political debates on social Innovation in Japan: a discourse network analysis. In: 5th European Conference on Social Networks, 6-10 September 2021, Naples, Italy , . , (doi: ).

Ghinoi, Stefano , Silvestri, Francesco, Steiner, Bodo (2019), Inter-organizational multiplex relations between local stakeholders: Innovation in food waste management. In: 35th EGOS Colloquium: Enlightening the Future: The Challenge for Organizations, July 4-6, 2019, University of Edinburgh Business School , . , . pp. 33 (doi: ).

Di Toma, Paolo and , Ghinoi, Stefano (2018), Knowledge creation and business modelinnovation: A multilevel network study. In: EGOS Colloquium, , Tallin , . , (doi: ).

Working paper

Wesz, Valdemar J. , Piras, Simone, Grisa, Catia, Ghinoi, Stefano (2021), Assessing Brazilian agri-food policies: what impact on family farms?. arXiv. In: , , , . arXiv, (doi: https://arxiv.org/abs/2105.14996).

Gaeta, Giuseppe Lucio , Ghinoi, Stefano, Masotti, Matteo, Silvestri, Francesco (2021), Economics research and climate change. A Scopus-based bibliometric investigation. SEEDS interuniversity research centre. In: , , , . SEEDS interuniversity research centre, Ferrara, Italy (doi: http://www.sustainability-seeds.org/papers/RePec/srt/wpaper/0321.pdf).