Associate fellow
School of Business and Law, University of Brighton

I am Principal lecturer in e-commerce, digital marketing and the digital economy and Research Ethics and Integrity Lead at the University of Brighton.


I’m an economic sociologist excited by the impact of technology on society, education and business. I research the history and role of higher education, graduate employability and how graduates might best be served by university. I teach the impact of social media, the metaverse, big data and internet technologies on society and business. I help edit the Taylor and Francis Journal Interactive Learning Environments. Via KTPs I have worked on the digital transformation of manufacturing, marketing and distribution with a range of Sussex companies and charities. In the 90s I built award winning ecommerce systems and websites including GameSpot UK.

Research interests

  • Social media and graduate pre-professional identity
  • Digital economy and human capital
  • Metaverse, virtual reality, work and play
  • Vocationalism, higher education and employment
  • Researcher development and online learning

Journal articles

Rospigliosi, A.P., Greener, S., Bourner, T. and Sheehan, M., 2014. Human capital or signalling, unpacking the graduate premium. International Journal of Social Economics.

Rospigliosi, P.A., 2022. Metaverse or Simulacra? Roblox, Minecraft, Meta and the turn to virtual reality for education, socialisation and work. Interactive Learning Environments30(1), pp.1-3.

Bourner, T., Greener, S. and Rospigliosi, A., 2011. Graduate employability and the propensity to learn in employment: a new vocationalism. Higher Education Review43(3), pp.5-30.

Rospigliosi, P.A., 2021. Learning from the quantified self. Interactive Learning Environments29(7), pp.1059-1061.

Bourner, T. and Rospigliosi, P., 2008. Forty Years on: Long-Term Change in the First Destinations of Graduates. Higher Education Review41(1), pp.36-59.

Rospigliosi, P.A., 2021. The risk of algorithmic injustice for interactive learning environments. Interactive Learning Environments29(4), pp.523-526.

Bourner, T., Heath, L. and Rospigliosi, A., 2014. Research as a transferable skill in higher education. Higher education review46(2), pp.20-46.

Rospigliosi, A. and Bourner, T., 2019. Researcher development in universities: Origins and historical context. London Review of Education.


Bourner, T., Rospigliosi, A. and Heath, L., 2020. The Fully Functioning University and its Higher Education. In The Fully Functioning University. Emerald Publishing Limited.

Rospigliosi, A., Greener, S. and Bourner, T., 2019. A Graduate’s Guide to Finding Employment.

Book chapters

Rospigliosi, P. A., & Raza-Mejia, S. (2021). Accelerated modernity: What are the social media stories undergraduate students engage with? In C. Cobanoglu, & V. Della Corte (Eds.), Advances in global services and retail management (pp. 1–11). USF M3 Publishing.

Jiménez-Zarco, A.I., Rospigliosi, A., Martínez-Ruiz, M.P. and Izquierdo-Yusta, A., 2019. Marketing 4.0: Enhancing consumer-brand engagement through big data analysis. In Web Services: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (pp. 2172-2195). IGI Global.

Asher delivered a webinar on AI and big data analytics alongside academics at the University of Sussex – Dec 2021

Horizons: New technologies and trends in supply chain management