Dr Sara Gorgoni MA, PhD, HEA Fellow

Associate Professor in Economics

Dr Sara Gorgoni has been a lecturer at the Department of International Business & Economics at the University of Greenwich Business School since September 2010 where she teaches Managerial Economics and Business Economics. Before joining the university, Dr Gorgoni lectured in microeconomics, innovation economics and development economics in various graduate and undergraduate courses at various universities.

Between 2005 and 2008, Dr Gorgoni worked as a consultant and conducted research for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, the World Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile.

Dr Gorgoni earned a PhD in Development Economics from the University of Roma TRE, Italy in 2009 and an MA in Political Economy at the University of Essex in 2005.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Course Leader, Intermediate Economics for Business and Managerial Economics
  • PhD supervisor
  • Programme Leader, BA Business Economics (from February 2014).

Research / Scholarly interests

Dr Gorgoni is currently working on the international fragmentation of production by applying network analysis to trade and FDI data. She has already published research in this area, where her specialist capabilities in network analysis are making valuable methodological contributions (see Amighini and Gorgoni, forthcoming in World Economy), which are likely to be influential on international policy developments.

Dr Gorgoni has also conducted research on foreign direct investment from emerging countries, innovation networks, clusters of SMEs and global value chains.

Recent publications


Zador, Zsofia , Zhu, Zhen, Smith, Matthew, Gorgoni, Sara (2023), The effect of value chain importance on regional economic recovery. Routledge - Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Routledge - Taylor & Francis, European Planning Studies . pp. 1-20 ISSN: 0965-4313 (Print), 1469-5944 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2023.2237537).

Zádor, Zsófia , Zhu, Zhen, Smith, Matthew, Gorgoni, Sara (2022), A weighted and normalized Gould–Fernandez brokerage measure. Public Library of Science (PLoS). In: , , , . Public Library of Science (PLoS), PLoS ONE, 17: e0274475 (9) 1932-6203 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0274475).

Cronin, Bruce , Perra, Nicola, Correa Da Rocha, Luis, Zhu, Zhen , Pallotti, Francesca , Gorgoni, Sara , Conaldi, Guido , De Vita, Riccardo (2020), Ethical implications of network data in business and management settings. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Social Networks, 67 . pp. 29-40 ISSN: 0378-8733 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2020.09.001).

Smith, Matthew , Gorgoni, Sara, Cronin, Bruce (2019), International production and trade in a high-tech industry: A multilevel network analysis. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Social Networks, 59 . pp. 50-60 ISSN: 0378-8733 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2019.05.003) NB Item availability restricted.

Gorgoni, Sara , Amighini, Alessia, Smith, Matthew (2018), Automotive international trade networks: A comparative analysis over the last two decades. Cambridge University Press (CUP). In: , , , . Cambridge University Press (CUP), Network Science, 6 (4) . pp. 571-606 ISSN: 2050-1242 (Print), 2050-1250 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/nws.2018.18) NB Item availability restricted.

Book section

Smith, Matthew , Gorgoni, Sara, Cronin, Bruce (2018), The international fragmentation of production: a multilevel network approach. Vernon Press. In: , , , Networks of International Trade and Investment: Understanding globalisation through the lens of network analysis. Vernon Press, Wilmington, DE, USA . ISBN: 9781622730667 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Cronin, Bruce , Gorgoni, Sara, Conaldi, Guido, Piazza, Anna , Saint Hilaire, Antoinette , De Vita, Riccardo (2022), Productivity and innovation in remote work: a case study on the impact of organizational integration and communication on the performance of employees working from home. European Academy of Management (EURAM). In: European Academy of Management 2022 Conference, 15th - 17th June 2022, ZHAW School of Management and Law, Winterthur, Switzerland In: Reto Steiner, Suzanne Ziegler, Rémi Jardat, Eythor Ivar Jonsson (eds.), E-proceedings of the European Academy of Management 2022 Conference. ZHAW School of Management & Law, Winterthur, Switzerland, 15th - 17th June 2022. European Academy of Management (EURAM), Brussels, Belgium (1st) . ISBN: 9782960219548ISSN: 2466-7498 (Print), (doi: http://www.zhaw.ch/en/sml/euram-2022/) NB Item availability restricted.

Smith, Matthew , Gorgoni, Sara, Cronin, Bruce (2016), The fragmentation of production and the competitiveness of nations in the automotive sector – A network approach. In: 5th Annual CIRANO-Sam M. Walton College of Business Workshop on Networks in Trade and Finance, Friday, 30 September - Saturday, 1 October 2016, Fayetteville, Arkansas , . , (doi: http://economics.uark.edu/conference-files/The-Fragmentation-of-Production-and-the-Competitiveness-of-Nations-in-the-Automotive-Sector.pdf).

Edited book

Gorgoni, Sara , Amighini, Alessia, Smith, Matthew (2018), Networks of International Trade and Investment: Understanding globalisation through the lens of network analysis. Vernon Press. In: , , , . Vernon Press, . ISBN: 9781622730650 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.


Field, Jenny , Tharp, Ian, Gorgoni, Sara (2019), Appendix 3: University of Greenwich Assessment and Feedback Policy 2019. University of Greenwich. In: , , , . University of Greenwich, University of Greenwich (doi: ).