Giorgio Locatelli

Core Faculty | Full Professor

Short Profile outline

Full professor of Complex Projects Business. His research is about project management and complex project business. His expertise is mostly in the energy, nuclear and space sectors, but he also worked on other complex infrastructures, including transportation and sanitation. He attracted about €1,500,000 of research funds. Listed in the world's top 2% of scientists. Advises public and private organisations, including the IAEA, ANL, and the UK government. Frequent speaker and trainer for public and private organisations. Authored more than 100 international peer-reviewed publications with nearly 5000 citations.


PHD: Economics and Management, Politecnico di Milano. Mechanical Engineering - Industrial Plants, Politecnico di Milano. Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.

Academic course held at SOM

Complex Projects Lab

Project Management

Complex Projects Lab

Project Management

Complex Projects Lab

Project Management

Relevant Publications

Lai C.S.| Locatelli G.| Pimm A.| Wu X.| Lai L.L. (2021), "A review on long-term electrical power system modeling with energy storage", Journal of Cleaner Production, 280

Lai C.S.| Locatelli G. (2021), "Economic and financial appraisal of novel large-scale energy storage technologies", Energy, 214

Locatelli G.| Greco M.| Invernizzi D.C.| Grimaldi M.| Malizia S. (2021), "What about the people? Micro-foundations of open innovation in megaprojects", International Journal of Project Management, 39, 115-127

Wang G.| Locatelli G.| Wan J.| Li Y.| Le Y. (2021), "Governing behavioral integration of top management team in megaprojects: A social capital perspective", International Journal of Project Management, 39, 365-376

Lai C.S.| Locatelli G. (2021), "Are energy policies for supporting low-carbon power generation killing energy storage?", Journal of Cleaner Production, 280

Locatelli G.| Mancini M.| Lotti G. (2020), "A simple-to-implement real options method for the energy sector", Energy, 197

Locatelli G.| Pecoraro M.| Meroni G.| Mancini M. (2020), "Using Real Options to Value Two Key Merits of Small Modular Reactors", SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology, 55-70

Grants, Awards and Honours

  • G. Locatelli, G. Mariani, T. Sainati, M. Greco 2017 “Corruption in Public projects and Megaprojects: There is an elephant in the room!” - International Journal of Project Management – Volume35, Pp 252–268 - Most downloaded paper in the Journal in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 - Quoted a UK government “written evidence document “ for the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee The Government’s Management of Major Projects inquiry - Quoted by Forbes - Jan 16, 2019, 05:06pm – “Megaproject Trends For 2019: Éireann Leverett On Cybersecurity” - Quoted by OECD – 2018 – “Integrity for Good Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean” - Quoted by OECD – 2019 - Analytics for Integrity “Data-driven approaches for enhancing corruption and fraud risk assessments”
  • 2021 Infrastructure Asset Management Prize - Awarded annually since 2015, this prize is presented to the best paper published in Infrastructure and Asset Management. I co-authored the winning paper “Digital system information model: future-proofing asset information in LNG plants”
  • Lead author ICE James Watt award 2018 for the paper "Appraisal of small modular nuclear reactors with ‘real options’ valuation"
  • Eng. Luigi De Januario-ANIMP award (Edition 2007) as "Best Italian thesis on the subject of industrial engineering for the industry or the production of energy".
  • Principal investigator - “Economic and Social Considerations for the Future of Nuclear Energy in Society” – ECOSENS. EU call HORIZON-EURATOM-2021-NRT-01-14. Principal Investigator and budget holder of the work package on the economics of Euro 262,660. Project starting in Autumn 2022, 36 months duration, Total budget Euro 1,498,656.The overall PI is “Regia Autonoma Tehnologii Pentru Energia Nucleara” - RATEN
  • Principal investigator - "Benchmarking to reduce budget uncertainty & actual cost, and increase learning from Oil & Gas". awarded by the UK “Nuclear Decommissioning Authority / National Nuclear Laboratories”. £91,000 Started in February 2021. Duration of 3.5 years
  • Principal investigator - “Bringing robots to nuclear sites: best practices and guidelines to overcome the innovation “valley of death”” - Awarded by EPSRC - NCNR Flexible Partnership Funding, 2019. Total project costs at 100% FEC 137,772£ (obtained at 80% FEC – 110,218£ - 21st September 2019 – 22nd September 2020)
  • Principal investigator - “Generation Integrated Energy Storage – A Paradigm Shift” awarded by the - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – Leeds Principal Investigator and budget holder of the work package on the economics of £523650 (80% financed by EPSRC £418,921). Project grant from 1st April 2017 to 30 November 2022 as part of a £1,700,000 grant awarded to the University of Nottingham (overall Principal Investigator), Cambridge, Leeds, Birmingham
  • Principal investigator - “Benchmarking Nuclear Decommissioning”, awarded by the UK “Nuclear Decommissioning Authority / National Nuclear Laboratories”. £99,886, - 10 September 2015 – 9 September 2019
  • Co-Investigator - “Developing Effective Interventions for Gender Equality in Project Organizations”, Starting early 2023, Total value about 40,000 USD. Sponsored by the “Project Management Institution” . Dr Sara Hajikazemi is the PI
  • Co-Investigator - “Advanced Nuclear Safety Evaluation of Liquid Metal Using Systems”, Starting Autumn 2022, Total value Euro 4,645,426. EU call “HORIZON-EURATOM-2021-NRT-01-02” Lead by “Studiecentrum Voor Kernenergie / Centre D'etude De L'energie Nuc”
  • Co-Investigator - “Developing Effective Interventions for Gender Equality in Construction Project Organizations”, Starting Autumn 2022, Total value £ 5,000. Sponsored by the “Association for Project Management”. Dr Sara Hajikazemi is the PI
  • Co-Investigator - “ Wind@Leeds: Making the Business Case for Wind Energy Lifecycle Sustainability Research Funding”, 2021, £12,000. University of Leeds Interdisciplinary pump-priming. Dr Anne Velenturf is the PI.
  • Co-Investigator - “A Sustainable Circular Economy for the Offshore Wind Sector”, 2020, £78,000, Co-founded by EPSRC IAA - Dr Anne Velenturf is the PI. In collaboration with Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC) and the UK Department for International Trade (DIT). 1/08/2020 – 31/03/2021
  • Co-Investigator - “Anti-Corruption Measures For Major Infrastructure Programmes”, 2020, $50,000, Awarded by the PMI – Dr Tristano Sainati is the PI. In collaboration with University College London -UCL
  • Co-Investigator - “Social, Economic, Technical and Environmental Values of North Sea Oil and Gas Decommissioning for Local Communities and Companies” ( a.k.a. the COD Project), 2019, £15,039, awarded by ESRC IAA funding. – Dr Anne Velenturf is the PI
  • Co-Investigator - “Changing Project Management Practices to Eliminate Modern Slavery in Megaprojects”, 2019, £5,307 Awarded by APM. – Professor Naomi Brookes is the PI In collaboration with UCL
  • Co-Investigator - “Climate, Costs and Urban Sanitation (C-CUS)” awarded by the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation. £780,608, 01/11/2016 to 28/02/2019 (33% allocation for 5% FTE) – Prof Barbara Evans is the PI
  • Co-Investigator - “Circular South Cities” financed by EPSRC - EPSRC GCRF proposal University of Leeds Pump Priming. £61,942 (25% allocation for 2% FTE). Dr Costas Velis is the PI

Service to the community

  • Politecnico di Milano, 01/10/2021 - to date
  • University of Leeds, 01/09/2015 - 30/09/2021
  • University of Lincoln, 04/04/2012 - 31/08/2015
  • Senior Editor - Project Management Journal (PMI) – (since January 2018)
  • International Editorial Board of “International Journal of Project Management” (since Volume 34, Issue 6, August 2016)
  • Editorial Advisory Board of “Progress in Nuclear Energy” (since Volume 91, August 2016)
  • Editorial Board of “Construction Management and Economics” (since February 2018)
  • Editorial Board of “International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience” (since 2015)
  • Subject Editors “Nuclear policy, Economics and Educational issues” for Nuclear Energy and Technology (since May 2020)

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