Alessandra Colombelli

Full Professor
Department of Management and Production Engineering (DIGEP)

  • Member Gruppo Lavoro Osservatorio di Genere
  • Member Presidio di Qualità di Ateneo
  • Member Comitato Unico di Garanzia


Research interests

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


Alessandra Colombelli (PhD) is Full Professor of Strategy 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 (France) and the BRICK, Collegio Carlo Alberto (Italy). She serves as Technical Assessors at the I3P incubator. She is the scientific coordinator of the Gender Research coordination Group (GReG) at the Poliecnico di Torino. She is elected member of the Board of the Italian Association of Management Engineering (AiIG). She is member of the Quality Assurance Committee (PQA), the Equal Opportunity Committee (CUG) and Gruppo Lavoro Osservatorio di Genere of Politecnico di Torino. She is Associate Editor of Regional Studies, The Journal of Technology Transfer and Eurasian Business Review, member of the Editorial Review Board of Small Business Economics and member of the Editorial Board of 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 Italian 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.

Scientific branch

(Area 0009 - Industrial and information engineering)


ERC sectors

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


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

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

  • THE JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER (2023-), Associate Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • EURASIAN BUSINESS REVIEW (2022-), Associate Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • 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
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Other research or teaching roles outside Politecnico

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

Roles as evaluator or expert

  • PRIN. 2012


PhD Boards

    I.U.S.S. - Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori - PAVIA
    Politecnico di TORINO
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Master of Science

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Teaching and training projects

Projects funded by competitive calls


Research fields

Research projects

Projects funded by competitive calls

Projects funded by commercial contracts

  • SURVEY STARTUP , (2022-2022) - Responsabile Scientifico
    Commercial contracts for the provision of services

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