Associate fellow
University of Sussex Business School

Simone is a Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex Business School. He co-leads the Research Mobilisation Group on Artificial Intelligence, is the Director of the Future of Work Hub, and the convenor of the SPRU Freeman Seminar series. Dr Vannuccini is also an Associated Fellow of the Graduate College ‘The Economics of Innovative Change’, Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) and has been Adjunct Professor of Economics of Innovation at the University of Insubria (Italy), where currently is a Faculty Board Member of the PhD Program in Methods and Models for Economic Decisions. He also collaborates with the Center for Studies on Federalism in Turin (Italy). He is part of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Evolutionary Economics and Research Policy.


Before joining SPRU in February 2018, Simone has been working as Research Associate (Post-doc) at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany), where he also obtained his PhD in a joint programme with the Max Planck Institute of Economics.

Research Interests

Simone’s research focuses on microeconomics of innovation and more precisely on the ‘regular irregularities’ of technical change. He studies the nature of ‘general-purpose technologies’ and their impact on industrial dynamics. Currently, he is working on the economics of artificial intelligence, especially the current AI-driven evolution of the semiconductor industry, as well as the impact of AI on scientific discovery and on industry emergence. He is interested in the nature of breakthrough innovations, the economics of digitalisation and the industrial organisation of multi-sided platforms, and the modelling of industry life-cycles.

Research articles

2022: On the Basis of Brain: Neural–Network–Inspired Changes in General Purpose Chips (with E. Prytkova), Industrial and Corporate Change, Advance Articles. DOI:

2022 (WORKING PAPER): Robot Adoption and Innovation Activities (with D. Antonioli, A. Marzucchi, F. Rentocchini), Munich Papers on Political Economy.

2021 (WORKING PAPER): Artificial Intelligence’s New Clothes? From General Purpose Technology to Large Technical System (with E. Prytkova), SSRN. DOI:

2021: Pervasive Technologies and Industrial Linkages: Modeling Acquired Purposes (with U. Cantner), Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Volume 56, March 2021, pp. 386-399. DOI: (available online 8 November 2017).

2020: Short- and Long-run Effects of External Interventions on Trust (with I. Asanov), Review of Behavioral Economics: Vol. 7: No. 2, pp 159-195.

2019: A systemic perspective on socioeconomic transformation in the digital age (with R. Strohmaier and M. Schuetz). J. Ind. Bus. Econ, 46, pages 361–378. DOI:

2019 (WORKING PAPER): Teaming up with Large R&D Investors: Good or Bad for Knowledge Production and Diffusion? (with S. Amoroso), SWPS 2019/20. DOI:

2019: Replicator dynamics in value chains: explaining some puzzles of market selection (with U. Cantner and I. Savin), Industrial and Corporate Change, 28(3), 589–611. DOI:

2018:  Elements of a Schumpeterian Catalytic Research and Innovation Policy (with U. Cantner), Industrial and Corporate Change, Volume 27, Issue 5, 1 October 2018, Pages 833–850. DOI: .

2016: Conventional Direction to Unconventional Measures: Using Quantitative Easing to shape Eurozone Fiscal Capacity (with O. Fontana), Perspectives on Federalism, Vol. 8, issue 2. DOI: .

2011 (IT): Federalismo, Cosmopolitismo, Complessità, Jura Gentium, Issue VII (2011), No. 1.


Forthcoming Autumn 2022: Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Industrial Dynamics and Evolutionary Economics (edited book with U. Cantner and M. Guerzoni), Edward Elgar. Editor; Lead Contributor.

2014 (IT): Il Governo di un’Economia Federale Sovranazionale e le sue Istituzioni nell’Esperienza Europea — Antologia di Contributi (edited book with D. Moro), CEDAM, Padova.

2010 (IT):  Europa 2.0. Prospettive ed Evoluzioni del Sogno Europeo (edited book with N. Vallinoto), Ombre Corte, Verona (Italy).

Book chapters

2022: Tools and concepts for understanding disruptive technological change after Schumpeter (with M. Knell), in Kurz, H.D., Schuetz, M., Strohmaier, R., Zillian, S., Handbook of Smart Technologies. An Economic and Social Perspective, Routledge, pp. 77-101. DOI:

2017: Innovation and lock–in (with U. Cantner), in Bathelt H., Cohendet P., Henn S., and Simon L., The Elgar Companion to Innovation and Knowledge Creation, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, Northampton (MA), pp. 165-181. DOI:

2016 (IT): L’Europa e le Politiche Industriali (with P.V. Dastoli), in Onida F. and Viesti G., Una nuova politica industriale in Italia. Investimenti, innovazione, trasferimento tecnologico, Passigli Editore.

2015: Desirable Effects of a European Plan for Sustainable Development, in Bordino G., A New Right for Democracy and Development in Europe, Peter Lang. DOI:

2013: Expectations About Expectations: Auspicabili Effetti di un Piano Europeo di Sviluppo Sostenibile, in Bordino G., Un nuovo diritto per la democrazia e lo sviluppo in Europa — l’Iniziativa dei cittadini europei (ICE), il Mulino, Bologna, 2013, 141–149

2012: A New View of General Purpose Technologies (with U. Cantner), in Adolf Wagner, Ullrich Heilemann (Eds.), Empirische Makroökonomik und mehr: Festschrift zum 80. Geburtstag von Karl Heinrich Oppenländer (pp. 71–96). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. DOI:

Policy publications

2021 (IT):  IA, il confine tra policy tecnologiche e industriali: per lo sviluppo serve una nuova visione ,

2021 (IT): Perché passa dai chip la nuova politica industriale mondiale,

2021 (IT): Il futuro dei semiconduttori passa per i platform chips: gli scenari possibili (IT),

2016 (IT): Combinare Quantitative Easing e Piano Juncker per uscire dalla crisi, Comment n.80 — Center for Studies on Federalism.

2015: The Rate, Direction and Timing of European Industrial Policy: a Few Proposals, Research Paper/Commissioned Report, Centre for Studies on Federalism