Professor Marco Di Tommaso

Subject: Economic Studies

Department/Institution: University of Ferrera, Italy

Contact: dtmmrc@unife.it

From October 2019 - April 2020


Research Interests

Professor Di Tommaso has studied in Italy and the UK. He has been a visiting professor in China (South China University of Technology), in the USA (University of California, Los Angeles) and the UK (University of Cambridge). He has focussed his research activity on international industry; industrial policy; local development, SMEs and clusters and the Chinese economy and industry. He has collaborated with Italian and foreign universities, specialised research centres, international institutions (UNIDO, CEPAL, UNDP, OECD) and national and local governments. He has promoted and coordinated research projects in partnership with international networks of academics, universities and institutions. He has actively participated in the debate within the scientific community by presenting his works at seminars, workshops and conferences both in Italy and abroad. His writings have been diffused and presented at the national and international level, and he has authored and co-authored several books as well as 130 scientific papers. 

Professor Di Tommaso's other positions include:

  • Full Professor of Applied Economic Studies, University of Ferrara, Italy
  • Director of C.MET05 - National University Centre for Applied Economic Studies, Italy
  • Director of EmiliaLab - The universities of Emilia-Romagna Network of Economic Studies departments (Ferrara, Parma, Modena, Reggio Emilia, Piacenza, Bologna), Italy
  • Director of the China and Italy School of Policy, Italy and China 
  • Clare Hall Visiting Fellow University of Cambridge, UK
  • Invited Honorary Professor at South China University of Technology, China
  • General Secretary of SIEPI - The Italian Society of Industrial Economics and Policy, Italy
  • Co-Director of l’industria - Review of Industrial Economics and Policy, il Mulino
  • President of the Scientific Board of ART-ER, the Emilia-Romagna Region Innovation and Development Agency, Italy

Select Publications

  • Barbieri, E., Di Tommaso, M.R., Pollio, C. e Rubini, L. (2020). Getting the Specialisation Right. Industrialisation in Southern China in a Sustainable Development Perspective, World Development, 126 (February)
  • Barbieri, E., Di Tommaso, M.R., Pollio, C., Rubini, L. (2019), Industrial Policy in China: The Planned Growth of Specialised Towns in Guangdong Province, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
  • Di Tommaso M.R., Tassinari, M., Ferrannini, Industry and Government in the Long-run: On the true story of the American model, in Bianchi, P., Ruiz Duran, C., Labory, S. (eds), 'Transforming industrial policy for the digital age: production, territories and structural change', Cheltenham England: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2019.
  • Di Tommaso M.R., Pollio, C., Barbieri E., Rubini L., Chinese Industrialisation, Planning and Policies: Local growth and global equilibria, in Bianchi, P., Ruiz Duran, C., Labory, S. (eds), 'Transforming industrial policy for the digital age: production, territories and structural change, Cheltenham England: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2019.
  • Barbieri, E., Di Tommaso, M.R., Tassinari, M., Marozzi, M., Selective Industrial Policies in China: Investigating the Choice of Pillar Industries, in International Journal of Emerging Markets, 2018 
  • Angelino, A., Di Tommaso, M.R., 'Vietnamese industrial development: following Washington on the road to Beijing', in International Journal of Emerging Markets
  • Tassinari, M., Barbieri, E., Morleo, G., Di Tommaso, M., 'Targeted Industrial policy and government failures: insights from the South Korean experience', in International Journal of Emerging Markets, 2018
  • Di Tommaso M.R., Huang, M., Yue, Q. Pollio, C.,  (2018) 'The Chinese TCM Industry: Growth, Changes and Policies', in A. Mucelli e F. Spigarelli (eds) Healthcare Policies and Systems in Europe and China. Comparisons and synergies, World Scientific Press.
  • Di Tommaso M.R., Tassinari M. Bonnini, S., Marozzi M., 'Industrial Policy and Manufacturing Targeting in the US: New Methodological Tools for Strategic Policy-making'. International Review of Applied Economics, Issue N. 5, Vol 31, 2017.
  • Di Tommaso, M.R., Schweitzer, S.O., Rubini, L. (2017), Special issue for International Journal of Health Technology and Management: 'Healthcare in China. Challenges and opportunities', Vol. 16, n. 1-2, 2017.
  • Rubini L., Pollio C., Di Tommaso M.R. (2017), 'Transnational Research Networks in Chinese Scientific Production. An Investigation on Health-Industry Related Sectors', in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(9), pp. 975-994
  • Di Tommaso, M.R., Barbieri, E., Schweitzer, S.O., Huang, M. (2017), special issue for International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: 'The International Healthcare Industry Supply in a Changing Global Demand', 14(9).
  • Di Tommaso, M.R., Yue, Q., Bonnini, S., (2017) 'Focusing on the Chinese Health Industry: An empirical enquiry on the TCM listed firms. Is large and private beautiful?', in International Journal of Health Technology and Management
  • Zheng, G., Barbieri, E., Di Tommaso, M.R. Zhang, L., 'Economic and Technology Development Zones, SEZ and Other Special Economic Enclaves: Zooming in on the Chinese case', in China Economic Review
  • Di Tommaso, M.R., Bonnini, S., Yue, Q., 'Focusing on the Chinese Health Industry: An empirical enquiry on the TCM listed firms. Is large and private beautiful?', in International Journal of Health Technology and Management, Vol. 16, Nos. 1/2, 2017.
  • Di Tommaso, M.R., Tassinari, M., 'Industria governo e mercato. Lezioni americane', Il Mulino, Bologna, 2017.
  • Rubini L., Di Tommaso M.R., Barbieri E., 'Special Economic Zones and Cluster Dynamics: China', in International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd edition), Elsevier, pp. 207-212, 2015.
  • Motta L. , LI P., Zhao M. , Di Tommaso M.R., Rubini, L. , 'The Research on Intellectual Capital Measurement Based on Chinese Institutional Enviroment', in 管理学报 (Guanli Xuebao) - Chinese Journal of Management,  vol. 11,  n. 9, 2014.
  • Di Tommaso, M.R., Schweitzer, S.O., Industrial Policy in America: Breaking the Taboo, Cheltenham England: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2013.
  • Di Tommaso M.R., Rubini L. and Barbieri E., Southern China: Industry, Development and Industrial Policy, Milton Park Abingdon United Kingdom, Routledge, 2013.
  • Barbieri E., Huang M., Di Tommaso M.R. and Lan, H., 'Made-in-China High-tech National Champions of Business Excellence', in Measuring Business Excellence, Vol. 17, n. 2, 2013.
  • Rubini L., Motta L. and Di Tommaso M.R., 'Quality Based Excellence and Product Country Image. Case studies on Italy and China in the Beverage Sector, in Measuring Business Excellence, Vol. 17, n. 2, 2013.
  • Barbieri E., Sarcina A., Bazzucchi L. and Di Tommaso M.R., 'Promoting Business Excellence at Local Level: The case of Guangdong Province, China', in Measuring Business Excellence, Vol. 17, n. 2, 2013.
  • Barbieri E., Di Tommaso M.R. and Bonnini S., 'Industrial Development Policies and Performances in Southern China: Beyond the Specialised Industrial Cluster Program', in China Economic Review, vol.23, pp. 613-625, 2012.
  • Di Tommaso, M.R., Rubini., L., 'Achieving Excellence in Exporting Intangible Intensive Goods: Measuring economic performance', in Measuring Business Excellence, n. 3, 2012.