Dr. Stefania Sardo


Innovation Research

Stefania is a postdoctoral researcher at the Innovation, Society and Public Policy group. Her current research is at the crossroad between MCTS, Transition Studies and Innovation Studies. In particular, she is interested in discard and disassembling processes, socio-technical transitions, as well as governance of science and innovation.

Stefania obtained her PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at BI Norwegian Business School. Her dissertation focused on the innovation dynamics characterizing apparently mature and static socio-technical systems. From 2012 to 2014, Stefania was a Research Fellow at the European Centre for Living Technology, collaborating in the project “Emergence by Design” (EU-FP7). This research focused on the development of a theory of innovation dynamics concatenating design and emergence, and on the design of processes helping to mobilize the civil society in constructing a sustainable future. Previously, Stefania worked at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia on research projects investigating both business-to-business and university-industry relationships leading to innovation dynamics.

  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Socio-technical transitions
  • Processes of discard and disassembling
  • Risk and safety
  • Energy and policy

Aslesen H. W., Martin R., Sardo S. (2019). “The Virtual is Reality! On Physical and Virtual Space in Software Firms’ Knowledge Formation”; Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, in press.

Sardo, S.; Hoholm, T. & Araujo, L. (2018). “Innovations in normal periods: Sporadic, incremental and predictable?”, Proceedings of the DRUID Conference 2018.

Lusoli, A. and S. Sardo (2017). “Build it and they will come: Analysis of an online deliberation initiative”, PlaNext – next generation planning, p. 41-57

Anzoise, V. and Sardo, S. (2016). “Dynamic systems and the role of evaluation: The case of the Green Communities project”. Evaluation and program planning, 54, 162-172.

Rossi, F., Russo, M., Sardo, S., and Whitford, J. (2010). “Innovation, generative relationships and scaffolding structures: implications of a complexity perspective to innovation for public and private interventions”. In: Ahrweiler, P. (ed.) Innovation in complex social systems. Routledge Studies in Global Competition. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 150-161.

Anzoise, V. and S. Sardo (2014). “Narratives and the co-design of spaces for innovation”. In A Matter of Design. Making Society through Science and Technology, Proceedings of the 5th MCTS Italian Conference.

Rossi, F., Russo M., Sardo S., Whitford J. (2009). “Innovative interventions in support of innovation networks. A complex system perspective to public innovation policy and private technology brokering”, Materiali di Discussione n. 619, Dipartimento di Economia Politica, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Sardo, S. (2009). “Brokeraggio tecnologico nel settore metalmeccanico in Emilia-Romagna: dal Parco Scientifico Tecnologico ex-SIPE a CRIT srl”, Materiali di Discussione n. 614, Dipartimento di Economia Politica, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy.


Sardo S. (2021). “Rethinking discontinuation dynamics: Lessons from the diesel automobile industry”, Seminar at the Institute for Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ITA), Austria, December 2021.

Sardo S. (2020). “The ugly duckling. A never perfect innovation”, Society for Social Studies of Science Conference, August 18, 2020.

Sardo S. (2020). “Business Cases’ for Innovation in Mature Networks”, Innovation, Marketing, Purchasing (IMP) Conference, September 4, 2020.

Sardo S. (2018). “Innovations in normal periods”, seminar at BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, September 12, 2018.

Sardo S. (2018). “Innovations in normal periods”, seminar at IAMO institute, Halle, Germany, September 7, 2018.

Sardo S. (2018). “Innovations in normal periods: sporadic, incremental and predictable?”, Druid2018, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 11-13, 2018.

Sardo S. (2017). “Multiple Infrastructures in the Oil and Gas Industry and the Consequences of Their Interpretative Flexibility”, Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Boston, 30 August – 2 September 2017.

Sardo, S. (2017). “And yet it moves! The role of standards in socio-technical systems’ normal periods”, 16th Annual MCTS Conference Graz 2017 – Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies, Graz (Austria).

Sardo S. and Aslesen H.W (2016) “Dynamic knowledge linkages and extended innovation”. AAG Annual Meeting 2016, San Francisco.

Sardo S. and V. Anzoise (2014). “The Green Communities project within innovation cascades: a case for Dynamic Evaluation, presented at the INSITE workshop “Designing a more Sustainable Europe: Stories for Change and Innovation”, January 31st, 2014, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy).

Sardo S. and V. Anzoise (2014). “Managing organization uncertainties: dynamic evaluation and processes design”, 5th MCTS Italian Conference, Milan (Italy).

  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
  • Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)