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Associate Professor

Componente effettivo (Comitato Unico di Garanzia)
Componente Presidio di Qualità di Ateneo (Presidio di Qualità di Ateneo)

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Alessandra Colombelli (PhD) is Associate Professor of Srategy and Entrepreneurship at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). She is Head of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre (EIC) at the Politecnico di Torino and Research Associate at the CNRS-GREDEG-University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and the BRICK, Collegio Carlo Alberto. She serves as Technical Assessors at the I3P incubator. She is elected member of the Board of the Italian Association of Management Engineering (AiIG) and founding member of the AiIG Equal Opportunity Committee. She is member of the Equal Opportunity Committee (CUG) of Politecnico di Torino. She is Associate Editor of Regional Studies, member of the Editorial Review Board of Small Business Economics and member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Climate - Climate and Economics. She was formerly Marie Curie Fellow at the Manchester Business School, research fellow at the University Lumière Lyon2 and the University of Nice Cote D’Azur. She has been involved in several national and international research projects promoted by both public and private institutions like the European Commission and other national authorities like Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Invitalia, Bank of Italy and CNRS, France. Her publications cover several topics in the fields of entrepreneurship, economics of innovation and regional economics. She has published articles in several international scientific journals and acted as an editor for journal special issues like, among others, Economic Geography, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Industrial and Corporate Change, Industry and Innovation, Journal of Technology Transfer, Regional Studies, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

(Area 0009 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione)
Identifiers ORCID: 0000-0003-4513-8612
Scopus Author ID: 23768132500
Skills and keywords

ERC sectors

SH1_9 - Industrial organisation; strategy; entrepreneurship SH1_11 - Technological change, innovation, research & development


Goal 13: Climate action Goal 5: Gender equality Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure Goal 10: Reducing inequalities


Entrepreneurship, startup, innovation, ecosystems, green technologies, social impact, equal opportunity, gender issues Imprenditorialità, startup, innovazione, ecosistemi, tecnologie verdi, impatto sociale, pari opportunità
Scientific responsibilities and other assignments

Awards and Honors

  • Giorgio Rota Best paper Award conferred by The Centro Einaudi is an independent non-profit institute based in Turin. Its mission is to conduct independent research, providing policy recommendations in the fields of political economy, welfare policies, government and market competition. Since 1963, the Centro Einaudi has been a beacon of liberalism and one of the most influential Italian think-tanks. Many of its members hold prominent positions in academia, government, journalism and business., Italy (2005)
  • Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence conferred by Emerald Literati Network, United kingdom (2012)
  • John Bessant Best Paper Award - Cinet Conference conferred by CINet - Continuous Innovation Network - conference, Netherlands (2019)


  • Steering Committe member - Associazione italiana Ingegneria Gestionale (AiIG), Italia (2019-2021)

Editorial boards

  • RESEARCH POLICY (2020-), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • REGIONAL STUDIES (2018-), Associate Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMICS (2018-), Other editorial activities
  • SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMICS (2016-), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series

Other research or teaching roles outside Politecnico

  • Visiting Researcher at University of Manchester (1/9/2006-30/4/2007)

Roles as evaluator or expert

  • PRIN. 2012