Davide Parrilli

Dr Davide Parrilli

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  • dparrilli at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Associate Professor of Regional Economic Development
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Davide (D) is Coordinator of the PhD in 'Econs & Management' and Programme Leader for the BA in Economics & BA in Finance and Economics. His areas of research specialization are:

• SME Clusters and industrial districts

• Regional innovation systems and business innovation modes

• Global value chains and global innovation networks

• Social capital and diasporas

He has published in regional development journals, such as Research Policy, Technovation, Regional Studies, European Planning Studies, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Small Business Economics, Revue d’Economie Industrielle, Journal of Technology Transfer, among others. D has also published a number of volumes for Elgar, Routledge and Palgrave-Macmillan.

MDP has supervised various PhD theses:

• The role of intermediaries in regional innovation systems: Spain (Alberdi)

• Business innovation modes in transition economies: Belarus (Apanasovich)

• Social capital and innovation in Spain and Italy ( D’Ambrosio)

• Openness and innovation across regional innovation systems in Spain (Unzalu)...


Journal Articles

  • Parrilli, M., Montresor, S. and Trippl, M., 2018. A new approach to migration: communities on the move as assets. Regional studies, 1-7.
  • D'Ambrosio, A., Montresor, S., Parrilli, M.D. and Quatraro, F., 2018. Migration, communities-on-the-move and international innovation networks: An empirical analysis of Spanish regions. Regional studies, forthcoming.
  • Parrilli, M., Apanasovich, N.A. and Alcalde, H.A., 2017. A new approach to business innovation modes: the Research, Technology and Human Resource Management Model in the ICT sector in Belarus. European Planning Studies, 1-25.
  • Parrilli, M.D., Aragon, C., Iturrioz, C. and Narvaiza, L., 2017. The role of creative social capital in regional innovation systems: creative social capital and its institutionalisation process. Papers in Regional Science (Springer).
  • Parrilli, M., Apanasovich, N. and Alcalde, H., 2016. The impact of business innovation modes on SME innovation performance in post-Soviet transition economies: the case of Belarus. Technovation.
  • Parrilli, M.D. and Alcalde, H., 2016. STI and DUI innovation modes: scientific-technological and context-specific nuances. Research Policy, 45 (4), 747-756.
  • Parrilli,, M.D. and Gonzalez-Pernia, J.L., 2015. STI–DUI learning modes, firm–university collaboration and innovation. Journal of Technology Transfer, 40 (3), 475-492.
  • Parrilli, M.D., Aranguren, M.J., de la Maza, X., Vendrell, F. and Wilson, J., 2014. Nested Methodological Approaches for Cluster Policy Evaluation: An Application to the Basque Country. Regional Studies, 48 (9), 1547-1562.
  • Parrilli, M.D. and Zabala, J.M., 2014. Interrelated diversification and internationalization: critical drives of global industries. Revue d'Economie Industrielle, 145 (1), 71-101.
  • Parrilli, M.D., Alberdi, X. and Gibaja, J.J., 2014. Evaluación de la fragmentación en los Sistemas Regionales de Innovación: Una tipología para el caso de España. Investigaciones Regionales, 28, 7-35.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2013. Unveiling the black-box of innovation: a methodological tool for the analysis of the efficiency of regional innovation systems. Journal of Strategic Management Education, 9 (1).
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2013. The new complexity of local production and the enlightened role of industrial policy: The Basque Country Case. European Review of Industrial Economics and Policy, 5 (1).
  • Parrilli, M.D., Nadvi, K. and Yeung, H.W., 2013. Local and Regional Development in Global Value Chains, Production Networks and Innovation Networks: A Comparative Review and the Challenges for Future Research. European Planning Studies, 21 (7), 967-988.
  • Parrilli, M., Elola, A. and Rabellotti, R., 2013. The Resilience of Clusters in the Context of Increasing Globalization: The Basque Wind Energy Value Chain. European Planning Studies, 21 (7), 989-1006.
  • Parrilli, M. and Elola, A., 2012. The strength of science and technology drivers for SME innovation. Small Business Economics: an international journal, 39 (4), 897-907.
  • Parrilli, M., Aranguren, M.J. and Larrea, M., 2010. The Role of Interactive Learning to Close the “Innovation Gap” in SMEBased Local Economies: A Furniture Cluster in the Basque Country and its Key Policy Implications. European Planning Studies, 18 (3), 351-370.
  • Parrilli, M., 2009. Collective efficiency, policy inducement and social embeddedness: Drivers for the development of industrial districts. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 21 (1), 1-24.
  • Parrilli, M. and Sacchetti, S., 2008. Linking learning with governance in networks and clusters: key issues for analysis and policy. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 20 (4), 387-408.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2007. SME Survival Clusters in Developing Countries (With Case Studies). Management Online Review (MORE).
  • Parrilli, M., 2004. Integrating the national industrial system: the new challenge for Chile. Review of International Political Economy, 11 (5), 905-925.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2004. A Stage and Eclectic Approach to Industrial District Development: Two Policy Keys for ‘Survival’ Clusters in Developing Countries. European Planning Studies, 12 (8), 1115-1130.


  • Innovation drivers and regional innovation strategies. New York: Routledge.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2014. The competitiveness of clusters in globalized markets. London: Routledge.
  • Parrilli, M., 2012. Innovation, Global Change and Territorial Resilience. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2012. Interactive learning for innovation. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Parrilli, M., 2011. Territorios innovadores y competitivos. Madrid & Barcelona: Marcial Pons.
  • Parrilli, M., 2010. Innovacion y Aprendizaje: lecciones para el diseño de politicas. Bilbao: Innobasque.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2008. High technology, productivity and networks. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2007. SME cluster development. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2005. Industrializzazione, Sviluppo ed Organizzazioni Internazionali. Ferrara: Tecom Project-CARID-Universitá di Ferrara.


  • Parrilli, M.D. and Blažek, J., 2017. Clusters, industrial districts and the impact of their growing intersection with global value chains. Local Clusters in Global Value Chains: Linking Actors and Territories Through Manufacturing and Innovation. 51-68.
  • Parrilli, M.D. and Hervas-Oliver, J.L., 2017. Network of clusters within GVCs: the case of the European ceramic tile districts in Spain and Italy. In: De Marchi, V., Di Maria, E. and Gereffi, G., eds. Local clusters in global value chains. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 175-192.
  • Parrilli, M.D., Sisti, E. and Zubiaurre, A., 2015. Cluster evolution in a globalized economy. Resilient territories. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 11-35.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2015. Territorios competitivos. In: Compes, R. and Alvarez-Coque, J.M., eds. Redes de innovacion y desarrollo local para el medio rural. Madrid: Magrama-Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Parrilli, M.D., Aranguren, M.J. and Larrea, M., 2012. Firm heterogeneity and trajectories of learning. In: Parrilli, M.D. and Asheim, B.T., eds. Interactive learning for innovation. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Parrilli, M.D. and Asheim, B.T., 2012. Innovation and learning in current competitive markets. In: Parrilli, M.D. and Asheim, B.T., eds. Interactive learning for innovation. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 1-30.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2012. Heterogeneous social capitals: a new window of opportunity for local economies. In: Parrilli, M.D., Cooke, P.N. and Curbelo, J.L., eds. Innovation, global change and terrritorial resilience. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Parrilli, M.D. and Lazzeretti, L., 2012. New focus of economic reactivation in Spain: creative industries in the Basque Country. In: Parrilli, M.D., Cooke, P.N. and Curbelo, J.L., eds. Innovation, global change and territorial resilience. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2011. Conductos de conocimiento global y flujos de conocimiento tácito. In: Parrilli, M.D., Curbelo, J.L. and Alburquerque, F., eds. Territorios competitivos e innovadores. Madrid and Barcelona: Marcial Pons, 131-152.
  • Parrilli, M.D. and Lazzeretti, L., 2011. Las industrias creativas de Florencia y San Sebastián: una visión general. Territorios innovadores y competitivos. Madrid: Marcial Pons, 285-298.
  • Parrilli, M.D., Alburquerque, F. and Curbelo, J.L., 2011. Introduction. In: Parrilli, M.D., Curbelo and Alburquerque, eds. Territorios innovadores y competitivos. Madrid y Barcelona: Marcial Pons, 11-33.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2010. Innovación DUI: el motor secreto del crecimiento en la CAPV. Innovacion y Aprendizaje: lecciones para el diseño de politicas. Bilbao: Innobasuqe, 20-41.
  • Parrilli, M.D. and Aguado, R., 2010. La cadena de valor de la innovación. In: Parrilli, M.D., ed. Innovacion y Aprendizaje. Bilbao: Innobasque, 206-226.
  • Parrilli, M.D. and Elola, A., 2010. Perfiles de innovacion STI y DUI. In: Parrilli, M.D., ed. Innovacion y Aprendizaje. Bilbao: Innobasque, 248-265.
  • Parrilli, M.D., Aranguren, M.J. and Larrea, 2010. La heterogeneidad de las empresas y sus trayectorias de aprenzaje. Innovacion y aprendizaje. Bilbao: Innobasque, 302-323.
  • Parrilli, M.D. and Garcia, R., 2009. Industrial districts in Latin America: the role of local learning for endogenous development. In: Becattini, G., Bellandi, M. and De Propris, L., eds. Handbook of Industrial Districts. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Parrilli, M.D., Aranguren and Larrea, 2008. A tripartite innovation frameworks for SME-based economies. In: Johansson, I., ed. Institutions for generation and knowledge flows. Uddevalla, Sweden: University West.
  • Parrilli, M.D., Bianchi, P. and Sugden, R., 2008. Introduction. In: Parrilli, Bianchi and Sugden, eds. High technology, productivity and networks. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Parrilli, M.D., Aranguren, M.J. and Larrea, M., 2007. El papel de los procesos de aprendizaje comarcales en las políticas regionales de competitividad e innovación. In: Mujika, A., ed. Las regiones del conocimiento. Bilbao: University of Deusto.
  • Parrilli, M.D. and Bianchi, P., 2006. The Italian experience in promoting entrepreneurship. Developing Entrepreneurship in Latin America and Worldwide. Washington: Inter-American Development Bank.
  • Parrilli, M.D. and Artola, N., 2006. The development of the dairy cluster in Boaco and Chontales, Nicaragua. In: Pietrobelli, C. and Rabellotti, R., eds. Upgrading to compete. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 43-71.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2006. Cluster trajectories in Central America. In: Pitelis, C., Sugden, R. and Wilson, J., eds. Clusters and globalisation: the development of urban and regional economies. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Parrilli, M.D. and Bianchi, P., 2006. Development Policies for Small firms in Developing Countries. In: BIanchi, P. and Labory, S., eds. International Handbook of industrial policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Parrilli, M.D., 2003. Le Piccole e Medie Imprese Latinoamericane nell’Era della Globalizzazione: Approcci di Politica per lo Sviluppo Industriale a Confronto. Politiche industriali in una economia aperta. Milano: Angeli.


  • Parrilli, M.D., Elola, A., Alvarez, E. and Rabellotti, R., 2012. Análisis de La Cadena de Valor de la Industria Eólica y su conexión con el Conjunto de Empresas Eólicas Vascas. San Sebastian: Orkestra - Basque Institute of Competitiveness.

PhD Students

  • Sisti Eduardo, 2018. Social capital and cluster evolution: evidence from Spain
  • Unzalu, Heiko, 2016. Openness and Innovation: evidence from Spanish regions
  • Malaver, Florentino, 2017. The heterogeneity of Business Innovation: evidence from Colombia
  • Andrew Hansen-Addy, 2021. SME finance and innovation: empirical evidence from Ghana
  • Yitian Lu, 2021. The University role in the promotion of DUI innovation: evidence from China
  • Xabier Alberdi, 2014. The fragmentation of regional innovation systems: evidence from Spanish regions
  • Natalja Apanasovich, 2014. Business innovation modes in transition economies: evidence from Belarus
  • Anna D'Ambrosio, 2015. Migration and social capital: evidence from Italy and Spain

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Venture Capital & Growth Finance

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Industry, Regions and the Environment
  • Economics for Accounting and Finance
  • Economics for Business Studies

Invited Lectures

  • Regional development in global value chains, Immanuel Kant Baltic University, Kaliningrad, 19 Feb 2018 more
  • Clusters: pro and cons, University of Florence, Florence, 03 May 2018 more
  • The importance of DUI in business innovaiton modes, University of Milan, Milan, 09 Nov 2017 more
  • Clusters, global value chains and regional innovat, University of Szeged, Szeged, 09 May 2016 more
  • The role of social capital in resilient territorie, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal, 29 Nov 2013 more
  • Clusters and global value chains: Some reflections, University Menendez Pelayo, Valencia, Spain, 16 Oct 2013 more
  • Interelated Diversification & Internationalization, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy, 18 May 2013 more
  • SMEs and innovation in Europe and Central Asia, Minsk, 24 Apr 2015 more
  • Disentangling the relation between learning modes, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway, 11 Dec 2012 more
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Evora, Evora, Portugal, 31 Oct 2012 more
  • Creative industries and renewable energies, Faro, 05 Jul 2012 more
  • Creative industries and renewable energies, Florence, University of Florence, 30 Mar 2012 more
  • EU Lessons on Districts and Clusters for Latin Am., ILO Santiago, Chile, 18 Nov 2009 more
  • Local learning: industrial districts in Latin Am, Abo Akademy, Turku, Finland, 20 Sep 2008 more
  • Local learning in clusters in Europe and Lat Am, Conference Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay, 30 Jul 2008 more


  • Poole marine cluster supply chain analysis (Poole Council, 16 Jan 2018). In Progress
  • "Clusters in global value chains: the role of regional innovation systems" (SPRI - Basque Government, 01 Jun 2011). Completed
  • Euskadi Innova (SPRI - Basque Government, 14 Feb 2009). Completed
  • PICTURE (EU - Interreg Programme, 28 Sep 2006). Completed
  • "European-Latin American Network for Learning and Research on SMEs and Industrial Development Policies" (EU-ALFA Programme, 01 Sep 2004). Completed
  • innovation Policy and Business Innovation Centres in Italy (Inter-American Development Bank, 30 Apr 2003). Completed
  • Obstacles and Opportunities for the Development of SMEs in Chile (Ministry of Economy - Government of Chile, 03 Sep 2001). Completed


  • BA (Hons) in Philosophy (University of Bologna, 1990)
  • PGCE in Economic Journalism (University of Verona, 1992)
  • MSc in Economics (University of Turin (CORIPE), 1994)
  • MPhil in Development Studies (IDS-University of Sussex, 1996)
  • PhD in Economics and Industrial Development Policy (University of Birmingham, 2005)
  • SFHEA in Education and Learning (Higher Education Academy, 2018)


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