Almona Tani joined the TU Berlin’s Chair of Innovation Economics as a visiting research scholar on March 16, 2017. She is a PhD student in Economic Geography at the Doctoral School of Economics at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). Her PhD thesis focuses on sustainability transition theory and innovation policy. Accordingly, in 2015 she won a Marie Sklodowska-Curie – RISE fellowship for the research project MAPS-LED (Multidisciplinary Approach to Plan Smart Specialization Strategies for Local Economic Development) in order to conduct an empirical research on innovative ecosystems in Boston, USA. Currently, Almona is investigating two distinct but correlated areas of study. On the one hand she is questioning the spatial perspective to the technological niche empowerment, and on the other hand she is focusing on the development patterns of a bio-based economy. Indeed, she is collaborating with Luana Ladu (a research fellow at TU Berlin) on a research paper concerning a comparative case study of the bio-based plastics industry between Germany and Italy. Although Almona is an early stage researcher, she has already two papers accepted for presentation in two international conferences (5th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Athens and 8th International Sustainability Transitions Conference in Gothenburg) and a paper accepted for publication in Environmental Innovation and Societal Transition.
To know more about her research activity and her research group in Bioeconomy in Transition (BIT-RG), please follow the link.