1. dacon1's picture   Davide Consoli D Phil
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My primary interest is the analysis of the sources and the effects of innovation. In particular, I focus on how economic, organizational and institutional processes stimulate or thwart new ways of doing things. Grounded in the multidisciplinary area of innovation studies, my research explores processes of knowledge generation and diffusion; the dynamics of scientific networks; the evolution of consumer preferences; structural change in industries and sectors; the skill content of occupations; and the reconfiguration of employment structures in industries and geographical areas. This work encompasses various empirical domains.

One area of study concerns the dynamics of medical innovation, in particular: the pathways through which scientific know-how emerges; the nature of collaboration networks; the links between network structures and the generation of basic knowledge; the implications of changing organizational configurations for both basic research and for clinical practice; and the role of practical know-how in the face of persistent uncertainty about the nature of disease.

I have been also interested in Knowledge Intensive Business Services (KIBS) sectors, their functional heterogeneity and the evolution of their knowledge bases. Published work in this area covers all KIBS as well as sector specific case studies such as Scientific R&D and Design.

More recent work analyses how human capital is organized within industries and how its configuration differs across industries. I am interested in understanding the ways in which this heterogeneity affects productivity, innovation capacity and the evolution of industries. I am also keen to investigate the adjustments in education and training that are necessary to keep up with changing demand for skills. Empirical studies in this remit are on the US, Finland, Spain, Germany and Mexico.

Another area of empirical inquiry in which I am quite active is the emergent green economy. Current work on this is on the nature of green skills, the organization of green employment, the labour market effects of environmental regulation across occupations, industries and geographical areas.


I prefer to take on just one new supervisory role per year, so that I can devote enough time and attention to either graduate students or to postdoctoral fellows. I am happy to supervise and mentor research on innovation in relation to any of the following themes:

  • Skill formation, diffusion and transformation;
  • Long-term analysis of labour markets;
  • Geography of labour;
  • Evolution of education and training systems;
  • Changes in the nature and content of occupations;
  • Inequality;
  • Environmental Sustainability;
  • Knowledge Intensive Service Activities;
  • Dynamics of communities of practices and knowledge networks;

Having said that, I am open to provide supervision and mentoring on other topics, so you're welcome to contact me directly with an idea or a proposal!

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Full list of published articles and work in progress in RePEc and here



  1. Cristian Matti, Davide Consoli, Elvira Uyarra
    Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space,
    Vol: 35 - pags 661 - 683


  1. Consoli, D., Mina, A., Nelson, R., Ramlogan, R.
  2. Consoli, D., Marin, G., Marzucchi, A., Vona, F.
    Research Policy ,
    Vol: 45 - pags 1 046 - 1 060
  3. Mabel Sánchez-Barrioluengo, Davide Consoli
    Science and Public Policy,
    Vol: 43 - pags 798 - 811
  4. Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro, Davide Consoli
    The Journal of Technology Transfer,
    Vol: 41 - pags 152 - 172
  5. Davide Consoli, Francesco Vona, Francesco Rentocchini
    Industrial and Corporate Change,
    Vol: 25 - pags 847 - 866


  1. Matti, C., Consoli, D.
    In Economics of Knowledge Innovation and Systemic Technology Policy (Quatraro, F., Crespi, F.) - Routledge
  2. Consoli, D. and Rentocchini, F.
    Research Policy,
    Vol: 44 - pags 1 116 - 1 132
  3. Consoli, D., Elche, D., Rullani, F.
    In Handbook of Service Innovation (Agarwal, R., Selen, W., Roos, G. and Green, R., (eds)) - Springer-Verlag
  4. Vona, F., Marin, G., Consoli, D. and Popp, D.
    NBER Working Paper Series,
    Vol: 21116 (Also featured in Vox.EU) - pags 1 - 60
  5. Vona, F., Consoli, D.
    Industrial and Corporate Change,
    Vol: 24 - pags 1 393 - 1 415


  1. Elche, D., Consoli, D.
    Economia Industrial,
    Vol: 393 - pags 141 - 152
  2. Ramlogan, R.; Consoli, D.
    Journal of Technology Transfer,
    Vol: 39 - pags 544 - 566
  3. Consoli, D., Elche, D.
    R&D Management,
    Vol: 44 - pags 341 - 354
  4. D´Ippolito, B., Miozzo, M. and Consoli, D.
    Research Policy,
    Vol: 43 - pags 1 334 - 1 352
  5. Consoli, D.
    Vol: 345 - pags 883 - 883
  6. Saarivirta, T. and Consoli, D.
    In The Economics of Knowledge Generation and Distribution (P.P. Patrucco (ed)) - Routledge


  1. Consoli, D.; Elche, D.
    Journal of Evolutionary Economics,
    Vol: 23 - pags 477 - 501
  2. Consoli, D.; Vona, F.; Saarivirta, T.
    Regional Studies,
    Vol: 47 - pags 1 634 - 1 652


  1. Consoli,D.;Ramlogan,R.
    Industrial and Corporate Change,
    Vol: 21 - pags 315 - 343
  2. Elche D., Consoli D.
    Economía Industrial,
    Vol: 384 - pags 131 - 141
  3. Barberá-Tomás D., Consoli, D.
    Technology Forecasting and Social Change,
    Vol: 79 - pags 932 - 948
  4. Saarivirta, T., Consoli, D. and Dhondt, P.
    International Journal of Business and Social Sciences,
    Vol: 3 - pags 243 - 257


  1. Consoli D.
    In Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture (Ed. D. Southerton) - SAGE Publications
  2. Consoli, D. and P.P. Patrucco
    In Handbook of the Economic Complexity of Technological Change (Ed. C. Antonelli) - Edward Elgar


  1. Consoli,D.;Elche-Hortelano,D.
    Research Policy,
    Vol: 39 - pags 1 303 - 1 310
  2. Nelson,R.;Consoli,D.
    Journal of Evolutionary Economics,
    Vol: 20 - pags 665 - 687


  1. Consoli,D.;Mina,A.
    Journal of Evolutionary Economics,
    Vol: 19 - pags 297 - 319
  2. Consoli, D., McMeekin, A., Metcalfe, J.S., Mina, A., Ramlogan, R.
    In The Economics of New Health Technologies: Incentives Organisation and Financing (J. Costa-i-Font, C. Courbage and A. McGuire) - Oxford University Press


  1.   A Taxonomy of Multi-Industry Labour Force Skills
    Davide Consoli, Francesco Rentocchini
  2.   An analysis of the knowledge base of Scientific Research & Development Business Services
    Davide Consoli, Dioni Elche
  3.   That was then, this is now: Skills and Routinization in the 2000s
    Davide Consoli, Francesco Vona, Francesco Rentocchini
  4.   Knowledge Flows and Public-Private Cooperation across National Contexts
    Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro, Davide Consoli
  5.   Knowledge systematisation and the development of a business function: the case of design
    Beatrice D’Ippolito, Marcela Miozzo, Davide Consoli
  6.   Whatever works: uncertainty and technological hybrids in medical innovation
    David Barberá-Tomás, Davide Consoli
  7.   The evolution of the knowledge base in professional service sectors
    Davide Consoli, Dioni Elche Hortelano
  8.   Patterns of organization in the development of medical know-how: the case of glaucoma research
    Davide Consoli, Ronnie Ramlogan
  9.   An analysis of the Graduate Labour Market in Finland: the impact of Spatial Agglomeration and Skill-Job Mismatches
    Davide Consoli, Francesco Vona, Toni Saarivirta
  10.   Variety in the Knowledge base of Business Service sectors
    Davide Consoli, Dioni Elche Hortelano