Dr Carlo Corradini

Department of Management
Senior Lecturer in Regional Economics

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TY

Dr Corradini is actively engaged in research on a variety of topics, including the economics of innovation, regional economics, as well as regional industrial and innovation policy. In particular, his research often connects these elements through an evolutionary economics perspective.


2017 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2013 - PhD, Nottingham University Business School, Industrial Economics Group

2008 - MSc in Evaluation of public policy and regional development, University of Modena, Italy

2006 - BSc in Economics and Social Sciences, University of Modena, Italy


Dr Corradini joined Birmingham Business School in 2018 as a senior lecturer in Regional Economics, having spent the previous four years as Lecturer at Aston University. He holds a PhD from Nottingham University Business School and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He is actively engaged in the scholarly debate on topics ranging from innovation to regional and spatial economics, with publications in top-ranked journals including Research Policy, Environment and Planning A, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Small Business Economics and Industrial and Corporate Change. He also acts as early-career Associate Editor for the journal Regional Studies.


  • Economics for Business (A)
  • Economics for Business (B)
  • Employment and Business Development in the EU (B)

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Corradini is interested in supervising PhD projects on regional innovation and regional economic development, technological change, evolutionary economics, innovation dynamics at the firm level, clusters and innovation, regional entrepreneurship as well as formal and informal institutions at the regional level.


Research interests

Dr Corradini main research interests include innovation in its different forms, regional economics and industry dynamics, mostly in the form of firm growth and new firm creation, as well as applied microeconometrics.

Current projects

Dr Corradini is currently involved in a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants project whose objective is to capture and map informal information flows (‘buzz') affecting entrepreneurship and innovation exploiting the information available within geo-localised social media data.

Another project, funded by the Regional Studies Association Expo grant, is focused on the role of interregional smart collaboration for innovation. This research project is aimed at exploring policy implications of EU the smart specialisation strategy across lagging regions, and the challenges for balanced industrial development and growth in Europe.

Other projects include exploratory studies on regional productivity and skills, design innovation and persistence innovation dynamics.

Other activities

Associate Editor for Regional Studies


Recent publications


Corradini, C & Karoglou, M 2022, 'On the persistence and complementarities of design and technological change: a regional perspective', Regional Studies, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2022.2120975

Corradini, C & D'Ippolito, B 2022, 'Persistence and learning effects in design innovation: evidence from panel data', Research Policy, vol. 51, no. 2, 104452. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2021.104452

Corradini, C, Morris, D & Vanino, E 2022, 'Towards a regional approach for skills policy', Regional Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2022.2031950

Corradini, C, Folmer, E & Rebmann, A 2021, 'Listening to the buzz: exploring the link between firm creation and regional innovative atmosphere as reflected by social media', Environment and Planning A. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X211056653

Corradini, C & Vanino, E 2021, 'Path dependency, regional variety and the dynamics of new firm creation in rooted and pioneering industries', Journal of Economic Geography. https://doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbab021

Corradini, C, Santini, E & Vecciolini, C 2021, 'The geography of Industry 4.0 technologies across European regions', Regional Studies, vol. 55, no. 10-11, pp. 1667-1680. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2021.1884216

Corradini, C 2020, 'Local institutional quality and economic growth: A panel-VAR analysis of Italian NUTS-3 regions', Economics Letters.

Corradini, C 2020, 'Social trust and new firm formation: a regional perspective', Small Business Economics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-020-00404-1

Morris, D, Vanino, E & Corradini, C 2020, 'The effect of regional skill gaps and skill shortages on firm productivity', Environment and Planning A, vol. 52, no. 5, pp. 933-952. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X19889634

Corradini, C 2020, 'The geography of innovation as reflected by social media', Environment and Planning A. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X20961107

Barzotto, M, Corradini, C, Fai, F, Labory, S & Tomlinson, P 2019, 'Enhancing innovative capabilities in lagging regions: an extra-regional collaborative approach to RIS3', Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 213-232. https://doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsz003

Pereira, V, Corradini, C, Temouri, Y & Mellahi, K 2019, 'Investigating institutional, economic and social determinants of European regions for firm growth through employment generation', British Journal of Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12383

Bailey, D, Clark, J, De Propris, L, Colombelli, A, Corradini, C, Derudder, B, Fratesi, U, Fritsch, M, Harrison, J, Hatfield, M, Kemeny, T, Kogler, D, Lagendijk, A, Lawton, P, Ortega Argiles, R & Usai, S 2019, 'Rethinking regions in turbulent times', Regional Studies, vol. 54, no. 1, 1, pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2019.1698837

Bailey, D, Corradini, C & De Propris, L 2018, '‘Home-sourcing’ and closer value chains in mature economies: the case of Spanish manufacturing', Cambridge Journal of Economics, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 1567-1584. https://doi.org/10.1093/cje/bey020


Bailey, D, Clark, J, Colombelli, A, Corradini, C, De Propris, L, Derudder, B, Fratesi, U, Fritsch, M, Harrison, J, Hatfield, M, Kemeny, T, Kogler, DF, Lagendijk, A, Lawton, P, Ortega-Argilés, R, Otero, CI & Usai, S 2020, 'Regions in a time of pandemic', Regional Studies, vol. 54, no. 9, pp. 1163-1174. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2020.1798611

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