SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Ms Sofia Torreggiani

BA (Pisa) MSc (Sant'Anna School) AdvDip (Sant'Anna School)
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Sofia Torreggiani
Ms Sofia Torreggiani
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Thesis title:
Development Dynamics in Emerging Countries under Shifting Global Production and Trade Patterns: Evidence from South Africa (working title)
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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.

From April 2018 to June 2018, Sofia has been co-principal investigator for a research project within the ""Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)"" UNU-WIDER program. During her PhD, she has been visiting research fellow at the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development (SARChID) of the University of Johannesburg and at the Research Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw). She has also undertaken intensive training courses at the London School of Economics and Political Science, at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and at the Kiel Institute for World Economy. 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).

PhD Research

This research analyses the effects of the increasing participation of developing economies into South-South trade and GPNs/GVCs on their industrial development performances, with special reference to the case of the increasing Chinese import competition in a resource-rich middle-income country such as South Africa. To this purpose, this work combines primary and secondary data and employs a mixed-methods approach (e.g., applied microeconometrics, input-output analysis, semi-structured interviews, in-depth firms' case studies).


  • International Workshop "The Future of industrial work: new pathways and policies of structural transformation?", UNIDO, UNU-MERIT & ESRC GPiD, 19-20 September 2019, Vienna International Centre, Vienna (Austria)
  • WIDER Development Conference "Transforming economies - for better jobs", UNU-WIDER & UNESCAP, 10-13 September 2019, United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok (Thailand);
  • SAIMM "New Technology Conference and Trade Show", 5-6 June 2019, The Canvas Riversands, Fourways, Johannesburg (South Africa).
  • TIPS Forum 2019 "Innovation and industrialisation", SARChID, dti, DST, EUD & DBSA, 30-31 May 2019, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Johannesburg (South Africa);
  • SARChID "Seminar series in industrial development", SARChID, 22 February 2019, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg (South Africa);
  • SA-TIED "Work-stream 1, work-in-progress workshop", UNU-WIDER, NT & SARS, 29 January 2019, Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria (South Africa);
  • SA-TIED "South African National Treasury/UNU-WIDER/South African Revenue Service policy seminar for", 22 January 2019, South African National Treasury, Pretoria (South Africa);
  • Stiglitz Advanced Graduate Workshop on "Poverty, Development and Globalization", Azim Premji University, Bangalore (India)"


  • International trade
  • South-South trade
  • China's economic engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Global value chains (GVCs) & global production networks (GPNs)
  • Firms in GVCs/GPNs
  • Foreign direct investments
  • Industrial development
  • Structural transformation and inter-sectoral dynamics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Trade and Industrial Policy


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