Sofia is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Economics. She holds a BA in Economics and Finance from the University of Pisa and a M.Sc. in Economics jointly awarded by the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and the University of Pisa. Sofia also got an Advanced Diploma in Economics and Management from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, where she was awarded a 5 years merit-based national scholarship in 2011.
Sofia has been a visiting student at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw), at Durham Business School (University of Durham, UK) and at the Chongqing University in China. She has also undertaken intensive training courses at the London School of Economics and Political Science and at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Furthermore, in July 2018, she has been selected to participate in the Stiglitz Advanced Graduate Workshop on ""Poverty, Development and Globalization"", in Bangalore.
Prior to joining the Department of Economics at SOAS, Sofia worked as an Economist at the Trade and Markets Division of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO), focusing on international trade, agricultural productivity and structural transformation dynamics in sub-Saharan countries. During her Master, she interned with the Investment and Technology Promotion Office of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with the Economic Affairs Office at the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and with the Economic and Fiscal Studies Unit at the Italian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance (MEF).
Sofia is supervised by Dr. Antonio Andreoni and her research analyses the increasing participation of emerging countries into international and South-South trade, global value chains and production networks (GVCs, GPNs).
Complementing Input-Output analysis with evidence from bilateral trade flows and firm-level data from selected country-sector case studies, her research aims to understand how international trade and production networks are organised as well as their implications for a range of economic and developmental outcomes.