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Dr Roberto Pasqualino

Research Fellow

Global Sustainability Institute

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Areas of Expertise:
Global Risk and Resilience

Dr Roberto Pasqualino is an interdisciplinary system policy scientist with focus on social transformation, innovation, and sustainability. He is Research Fellow in the £3m BEIS and CIFF funded Economics of Energy Innovation and System Transition research project.

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Dr Roberto Pasqualino is Research Fellow of the GSI working on the science-policy interface to support systems transformation towards a more just and sustainable society. Roberto's interdisciplinary background combines extensive training in complexity science, finance, mathematics, computer sciences, dynamic systems modelling, economics and public policy.

Roberto has experience in research projects starting with designing Energy Aware Information Systems within (National Cluster for Intelligent Factories, Ministry of Research & Innovation, Italy), PhD in global system modelling and sustainability (Global Resource Observatory, Peter Dawe Charitable Trust, UK), Researcher Fellow in multi-country financial modelling (CUSP, ESRC funded, UK) and energy policy and innovation (EEIST, BEIS and CIFF Funded, UK). Roberto's research brings together contributions from the fields of complex theory, finance, dynamic systems modelling and technological innovation, to study the intervention points that trigger self-reinforcing change in systems of governance to catalyse the transition to a sustainable economy.

He is lead-author of the book ‘Resources Financial Risk and the Dynamics of Growth: Systems and Global Society’ (Routledge, 2020) and co-author of the book ‘Corporate Sustainability in Practice’ (Springer, 2021) both recording international sales, and published several articles in complexity and modelling socio-economic-environmental systems. A number of videos relating to his work can be found online on his YouTube channel.

Roberto has developed a family of System Dynamics models that are freely available online (World3-03-Edited, Economic Risk Resources and Environment – ERRE, and Industrial Innovation, Inequality and Inflation – IN4.0). Roberto has been involved in the LEGENT DG-CLIMA project funded by the JRC European Commission to innovate the Powertrain Technology Market Agent Model - PTTMAM (2021 version) working in the area of road transport transition modelling and policy assessment of European and Asia-Pacific countries and UK.

Before doing his PhD, Roberto worked in both large corporations and small and medium enterprises as: New Product Development at Rolls Royce PLC (Derby, UK); Simulation Engineer and Ford Powertrain Operations (Basildon plant, London, UK); New Product Development and marketing plan for Boneschi Srl (Italy), and; International Partnership Developer for Atomos Spa, with partners in Turkey. Over the last decade, Roberto has worked closely with teams in the private sector, including Novigo Technology and Siemens R&D, and created Exoshock, an ARU start-up as an outcome of his research, where he leads as Chief of Innovation. Roberto was also a Visiting Researcher at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University in 2015.

Research interests
  1. Complexity economics and system change: what are the self-reinforcing processes that can catalyse positive change or act as a threat to change in the economy? What are the fundamental intervention points that can support triggering positive change and lower systemic risk over time?
  2. Science-Policy interface for sustainable transformations: what are the techniques to support co-development to better support scientists to consult meaningful policy change towards sustainability? What are the ways in which policy makers mental models can be influenced by the scientific community?
  3. Environmental risks, Impact assessment and financial risk: what can be the impact of shocks emerging from agents’ interaction in a growing economy that reaches planetary boundaries? What is the mutual relationship between financial risk of climate change, resources scarcity and food security?
  4. Digital transformation and inequality: what is the impact of digital technologies on labour force and employment? What is the dynamic influence of inequality on the economy and how can inequality be reduced?

Dr Roberto Pasqualino is a Complex Economist and Industrial Engineer by training, with degrees from Anglia Ruskin University (PhD in Global Systems modelling and Sustainability), the University of Bergen (Master in System Dynamics and Policy planning), the University of Cranfield (MSc in Industrial Engineering), University of Genova (CEng in Industrial Engineering & Master in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and internationalisation).

Selected recent publications

Pasqualino, R., Demartini, M., & Bagheri, F. (2021). Digital transformation and sustainable oriented innovation: A system transition model for socio-economic scenario analysis. Sustainability, 13(21), 11564

Pasqualino, R. (2020). “Thinking in Systems: the long term impact of short term business growth”, Book chapter in: Corporate Sustainability, Editors Taticchi, P. and Demartini, M., Springer, Berlin, Germany [in publication]

Pasqualino, R., Jones, A. W. (2020). “Resources, Financial Risk, and Dynamics of growth – Systems and Global Society”, Routledge, Oxford, United Kingdom. 

Pasqualino, R., Monasterolo, I., & Jones, A. (2019). “An Integrated Global Food and Energy Security System Dynamics Model for Addressing Systemic Risk”, Sustainability, 11(14), 3995.

Monasterolo, I., Pasqualino, R., Janetos, A.C. and Jones, A., 2016. “Sustainable and Inclusive Food Systems through the Lenses of a Complex System Thinking Approach — A Bibliometric Review”, Agriculture, 6(3), p.44.

Pasqualino, R., Jones, A. W., Monasterolo, I., Philips, A. (2015). “Understanding global systems today – A calibration of the World3-03 model between 1995 and 2012”, Sustainability, 7, 9864-9889.

Taticchi, P., Garengo, P., Nudurupati, S. S., Tonelli, F., & Pasqualino, R. (2015). “A review of decision-support tools and performance measurement and sustainable supply chain management”, International Journal of Production Research, 53(21), 6473-6494.

Taticchi, P., Tonelli, F., Pasqualino, R. 2013. “Performance measurement of sustainable supply chains: A literature review and a research agenda”. International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 62 (8), pp. 782-804.