Associate Professor

Carolina Castaldi

Innovation, in all its forms, is what I strive to understand in my research. I am intrigued by the challenges companies face when developing something entirely new, but also by the major transformations that innovation brings to economic systems.

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Research Profile

Carolina Castaldi is Associate Professor in Innovation in Service-based Economies at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her areas of expertise include Economics and Management of Innovation, IPR (patents and trademarks), Innovation in Services and Evolutionary Economics. Her research deals broadly with the economics and management of innovation and in particular with the peculiarities of service innovation. Conceptually, she uses insights from evolutionary economics to understand growth processes at different levels of analysis, from firms to regions. Empirically, she exploits patents and trademarks to develop original indicators to analyze the innovative performance of firms and regions.  Carolina’scurrent research is focused on intangible forms of innovation like new services and new business models, where technology is not everything that matters. Her goal is to capture the salient properties of these forms of innovation and she uses novel indicators, such as trademarks, to identify them in large-scale studies as well. 

Academic Background

Carolina Castaldi holds a PhD in Economics and Management from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy and was a Robert Solow Postdoctoral Fellow.She has worked at TU/e since 2009. She is the Program Manager of the educational programs: Bachelor Sustainable Innovation and Master Innovation Sciences. She is an enthusiastic teacher in both programs as well. Before joining TU/e, Carolina worked as an assistant professor at Utrecht University and at the University of Groningen.   Carolina’s research appears in international academic journals, including Research Policy, Regional Studies, Technological Forecasting and Social Change. She has participated in several EU-funded projects, including EUKLEMS and Cr8tv.Carolina was also a visiting research fellow at the Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy.

Educational Activities

  • Evolutionary Foundations of Innovation Science
  • Patents design rights & standards specialized course
  • Economics of innovation: advanced
  • Economics of innovation: introduction

Ancillary Activities

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