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:
Micro- and Meso-Dynamics of Development in Emerging Countries under Shifting Global Production and Trade Patterns: Evidence from South Africa (working title).
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Sofia is a ESRC 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 South African Research Chair in Industrial Development of the University of Johannesburg and at Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw). She has also undertaken intensive training courses at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, the London School of Economics and Political Science and 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).

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).


  • September 2019, UNIDO and UNU-MERIT, The Future of Industrial Work: New pathways and policies of structural transformation?, UN HQ, Vienna
  • September 2019, UNU-WIDER and UNESCAP, Transforming economies – for better jobs, UNESCAP HQ, Bangkok
  • May 2019, TIPS, Innovation and Industrialization, Development Bank of South Africa, Johannesburg
  • February 2019, South African Research Chair in Industrial Development Seminar Series, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg
  • January 2019, UNU-WIDER SA-TIED Work-in-Progress Workshop, Pretoria
  • January 2019, SA-TIED Policy Seminar, South African National Treasury, Pretoria


  • International trade
  • South-South trade
  • Global value chains (GVCs) 
  • Foreign direct investments (FDIs)
  • Industrial Economics
  • Trade and Industrial Policy
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Complex Networks Analysis
  • Input-output Analysis


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