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Guendalina Anzolin is a postdoctoral Research Associate on the Leverhulme Trust funded project The Political Economy of Growth Models in an Age of Stagnation, working with Dr Chiara Benassi and Professor Engelbert Stockhammer.

Before joining King's, Guendalina was a postgraduate teaching assistant at the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose (UCL). She completed her PhD in Industrial Economics at the University of Urbino (Italy) in March 2021. Before the PhD, she obtained an MSc in Global Economic Governance and Policy at SOAS University of London. During her PhD, she spent research periods at SOAS (UK) and at the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development in Johannesburg (South Africa).


Guendalina's research and main interests are on industrial economics and technological change, adopting a political economy perspective. The two main strands of her research are:

  • The analysis of technological change at the country, sectoral and firm level with a focus on the determinants and the effects of automation and new technology adoption on existing production systems.
  • The analysis of countries’ structural change and the role of industrial policy to direct that change. I mainly looked at the role of industrial policy in emerging economies, and more recently my focus has been involving also major advanced economies.

Her research as part of the Leverhulme project focuses on the classification of countries’ exports structural changes over the past three decades and on the role that industrial relations and firm level practices have had to shape such changes.

Activities prior to joining King's College London

  • Consultancy activities for the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), and Interamerican Development Bank (IDB).


Automation and its employment effects: A literature review of automotive and garment sectors (2021)- JRC Working Papers Series on Labour, Education and Technology N. 2021/16

Three Dimensions in Green Industrial Policy in the context of climate change and sustainable development (2021), European Journal for Development Research. Co-authored with Amir Lebdioui

Local Content Policies in the Mining Sector: The Need for Consistent Policy Packages (2021), The Extractive Industries and Societies. Co-authored with Dr. Carlo Pietrobelli.

Robot adoption and FDIs driven transformation in the automotive industry (2020), International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management. Co-authored with Antonio Andreoni and Antonello Zanfei.

A revolution in the making? Challenges and opportunities of digital production technologies for developing countries (2019), UNIDO Working Paper Series (from IDR 2019). Co-authored with Antonio Andreoni

What is driving robotisation in the automotive value chain? Empirical evidence on the role of FDIs and domestic capabilities in technology adoption (2022), Technovation, Co-authored with Antonio Andreoni and Antonello Zanfei.