Innovation Economics
Organization name Innovation Economics
Office H 47
Building H
Room H 4139A


Academic Career

  • Promotion to Dr. re. oec with Prof. Knut Blind at the Technical University of Berlin, Department of Innovation Economics (TUB) on the topic "Fostering the transition to a sustainable circular bioeconomy: analyzing the interplay of policy, innovation and sustainability"
  • Research fellow at the chair of innovation economics, TU Berlin, since April 2015
  • Master of Science in Economics, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, 2009
    - Master’s thesis: "Economic impact of the new EU energy policy on the Brazilian ethanol industry"
  • Magister in Economics and Business Administration, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, 2003
  • Exchange program with Bocconi University, University Torquato di Tella, Buenos Aires, 2001

Professional Experience

  • Research Associate at Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung since October 2021
  • Research Associate at the Department of Innovation Economics, Technical University of Berlin since April 2015
  • From 2010 until April 2015 project manager at ABUplus International GmbH, Berlin, Germany
  • From 2009 until 2010 Consultant for International Cooperation at Unione Barbagia dei Comuni (Union of 8 Sardinian Municipalities), Nuoro, Italy
  • From 2004 until 2007 Consultant for the ICT for Development Division at Inter American Development Bank, Washington, DC, United States

Research Interests

  • Bio-based economy: standardization, labelling, public procurement and market uptake of bio-based products.
  • Sustainability Assessment schemes (e.g. EU Ecolabel)
  • Foresight methodologies
  • ICT for development
  • Education and Vocational Training


  • BioTOP (Transformationsorientierte Innovationspolitik in der Bioökonomie)
  • Open-Bio: Eröffnung bio-basierter Märkte durch Standards, Kennzeichnung und Beschaffung
  • STAR4BBI: Normen und Vorschriften für die bio-basierte Wirtschaft
  • STAR-Pro-Bio: Nachhaltigkeitsübergangsbewertung und Forschung von bio-basierten Produkten
  • STAR4BBS: Sustainability Transition Assessment Rules for Bio-Based Systems

Standardization Activities

Bio-based products - Organization and product application guidelines for environmental and social qualification (UNI/PdR 135:2022):

  • UNI/PdR 135:2022 is a best reference practice (national pre-standard) developed by the working group “Bio-based products Sustainability”, guided by UNI and represented by 10 Italian experts from academia, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Group leaders: Luana Ladu (TUB) and Piergiuseppe Morone (UNITELMA).
  • It provides guidelines for the environmental and social qualification of bio-based products from a life cycle perspective, following  the standard UNI EN 16751:2016 “Sustainability criteria for bio-based products” as the reference starting point.
  • It guides the bio-based industry in assessing the most relevant aspects of the sustainability of bio-based products, with sustainability assessments, both at the organization and product level.

Publications (Selection)