Profile of Mr Giuseppe Pronestì Università mediterranea di Reggio Calabria

Giuseppe Pronestì

I am a passionate engineer with a deep love for real estate finance, and great interest in sustainability solutions, business strategy, and innovations.

I like to get in touch with people in order to be inspired and get better and better. I possess a strong background based on a thorough knowledge which I have built through my international academic experience thank to which I achieved a deep awareness of spatial complexity across the world linked both to the social innovation and to the economic situation. I am attending a PhD International program in the field Of Urban Regeneration and economic development.

General research interests

New approaches in delivering and implementing integrated urban policy and local economic development strategies.
Implementation of funds allocation strategies.
Real estate finance.

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title


PhD Abstract

During the last decades, the concepts of competitiveness and innovation, at the regional level, gained a growing consideration becoming key topics of both academic and political debates. The urge to enhance regional economic performances, through the creation of appropriate context-conditions, is perceived as a priority, which would enable territories to tackle the challenges posed by globalization (Farrell et al., 1999; Doloreux and Parto, 2005; Foray et al., 2009; Camagni and Capello, 2013). Given these emerging needs, the role of regional clusters has become progressively more significant (Porter, 2000, 2003; Martin and Sunley, 2003) and recently it has been coupled with the policy concept of Smart Specialization Strategy (S3). The latter is a relatively new academic idea, which has enjoyed a fast success towards suddenly turning into a crucial element of the EU 2020 innovation plan (Dominque Foray, David, and Hall, 2011). S3 brings into prominence an innovative territorial development policy framework, which enhances the place-based approach. In addition, S3 policies are mainly advocated in EU regions.

Consistently, the attention is pushed on whether the core toolkit provided by the experience with clusters and cluster policies could potentially guide the challenging design and implementation of S3. As much research confirms, while Cluster policy and S3 are not equal, it is still reasonable identifying many synergies between the two policy constructs (Foray, David, and Hall, 2011; Foray et al., 2012; Aranguren and Wilson, 2013; Castillo, Paton and Saez, 2013; Ketels et al., 2013). Notwithstanding the valuable contribution of many scholars about Cluster and S3, the academic debate still falls somewhat short of addressing some issues. Various scholars observed that one of the S3’s policy principles, the so-called Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP), is affected by significant implementation gaps (Hermosa and Elorduy, 2015; Rodríguez-Pose and Wilkie, 2015; Gheorghiu, Andreescu, and Curaj, 2015; Capello and Kroll, 2016). The emerging issue, mentioned above, calls attention to the need to disclose new perspectives on the relationship between Cluster and S3.

This work aims at exploring new perspectives on the role of Clusters in S3 design and implementation, with a focus on EDP. The theoretical constructs, presented in the following sections, are meant to provide policymakers with valuable insights to adequately tackle EDP- related challenges. The author finds that S3 and, particularly, EDP implementation could highly benefit clusters' stage-specific and spatial analysis.