Paola Garrone

Core Faculty | Full Professor

Short Profile outline

Deputy Director for Sustainability

Paola Garrone is Professor of Business and Industrial Economics at Politecnico di Milano, where she teaches in the MSc, PhD and corporate programmes of the School of Management. Paola is the School’s deputy director for Sustainability, and a scientific director of the Food Sustainability Observatory. Over her academic career she has supervised over 50 MSc students and 9 PhD students. She serves on the board of directors of Fondazione per la Sussidiarietà.


Master of Science: Electronics Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.

Academic course held at SOM

Economia e organizzazione aziendale

Business & Industrial Economics

Business & Industrial Economics

Business & Industrial Economics

Business & industrial economics

Business & industrial economics

Business & industrial economics

Business & industrial economics

Business & industrial economics

Research in Public and Regulated Sectors

Research in Public and Regulated Sectors


Specializing Masters

Executive Education


Paola Garrone does research in the field of industrial economics. Her main research interests are in utilities economics and policy, and sustainability of food, water and energy sectors. She has published over 50 peer reviewed papers, and 10 research books. Her research projects have been sponsored by European and Italian institutions (such as European Commission, Italian Ministry for University and Research, Regulatory Authorities, Regione Lombardia), philantropy foundations and third-sector organizations (such as Fondazione Cariplo, Fondazione Banco Alimentare), companies from the ICT and utilities sectors.

Relevant Publications

Garrone P.| Grilli L.| Marzano R. (2020), "Incentives to water conservation under scarcity: Comparing price and reward effects through stated preferences", Journal of Cleaner Production, 244

Marzano R.| Rougé C.| Garrone P.| Harou J.J.| Pulido-Velazquez M. (2020), "Response of residential water demand to dynamic pricing: Evidence from an online experiment", Water Resources and Economics, 32

Garrone P.; Grilli L.; Marzano R. , "Price elasticity of water demand considering scarcity and attitudes", Utilities Policy, 59

Garrone P.; Piscitello L; D'Amelio M., "Multinational enterprises and the provision of collective goods in developing countries under formal and informal institutional voids. The case of electricity in sub-Saharan Africa", Journal of International Management, 25

Garrone P.; Grilli L.; Mrkajic B., "The role of institutional pressures in the introduction of energy-efficiency innovations", Business Strategy and the Environment, 27, 1245-1257

Marzano R.; Rougé C.; Garrone P.; Grilli L.; Harou J. H.; Pulido-Velazquez M. , "Determinants of the price response to residential water tariffs: Meta-analysis and beyond", Environmental Modelling & Software, 101, 236-248

Garrone P.; Grilli L; Groppi Angelamaria; Marzano Riccardo, "Barriers and drivers in the adoption of advanced wastewater treatment technologies: a comparative analysis of Italian utilities", Journal of Cleaner Production, 171, 69-78

Sert Sedef; Garrone Paola;Melacini Marco;Perego Alessandro, "Corporate food donations: altruism, strategy or cost saving?", British Food Journal, 120, 1628-1641

Garrone P; Groppi A.; Nardi P., "Social innovation for urban liveability. Empirical evidence from the Italian third sector", Industry & Innovation, 25, 612-631

Garrone Paola;Grilli Luca;Mrkajic Boris, "The energy-efficient transformation of EU business enterprises: Adapting policies to contextual factors", ENERGY POLICY, 109, 49-58

D'Amelio M.;Garrone Paola;Piscitello Lucia, "Can Multinational Enterprises Light up Developing Countries?: Evidences from the Access to Electricity in sub-Saharan Africa", WORLD DEVELOPMENT, 88, 12-32

Garrone Paola;Melacini Marco;Perego Alessandro;Sert Sedef, "Reducing food waste in food manufacturing companies", JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 137, 1076-1085

Garrone Paola;Marzano Riccardo, "Why do local governments resist contracting out?", URBAN AFFAIRS REVIEW, 51, 616-648

Garrone Paola;Zaccagnino Michele, "Seeking the links between telecommunications investment and competition", TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY, 39, 388-405

Garrone Paola;Melacini Marco;Perego Alessandro, "Opening the black box of food waste reduction", FOOD POLICY, 46, 129-139

Garrone Paola;Melacini Marco;Perego Alessandro, "Surplus food recovery and donation in Italy: the upstream process", BRITISH FOOD JOURNAL, 116, 1460-1477

Garrone Paola;Piscitello Lucia;Wang Y., "Innovation performance and international knowledge spillovers: evidence from the renewable energy sector in OECD countries", INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION, 21, 574-598

Garrone Paola;Grilli Luca;Rousseau X., "Management Discretion and Political Interference in Municipal Enterprises. Evidence from Italian Utilities", LOCAL GOVERNMENT STUDIES, 39, 514-540

Grants, Awards and Honours

  • School of Management Research Impact Prize, Winner for the Category Impact on Policies, for research on “Surplus food management and food waste reduction”, Politecnico di Milano, April 22, 2016
  • Expo 2015 Best Practice Award (Expo Milano 2015)
  • Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Quentin Martin Best Practice-Oriented Paper Award, 13/02/2019 - to date

Service to the community

  • Full Professor, Politecnico di Milano, School of Management, 01/05/2002 - to date
  • Associate Professor, Politecnico di Milano, Department of Management, Applied Economics and Industrial Engineering, 01/11/1998 - 30/04/2002
  • Assistant Professor, Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Economia e Produzione, 01/02/1996 - 31/10/1998
  • Research assistant and researcher, Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Economia e Produzione and Inter-department Center for Research on Telecommunications Economics, 01/01/1990 - 31/01/1996
  • Member of the PhD Board - PhD Program in Management Engineering , 01/01/2018 - to date
  • Member of SOM Eexecutive Board - Deputy Director for Sustainability , 01/01/2017 - to date
  • , 01/01/2017 - to date
  • Reviewer for the following journals (last 3 years): Journal of Cleaner Production, Food Policy, British Food Journal, Public Administration, Telecommunications Policy, Energy Policy, Sustainability, Research Policy, Industry & Innovation, Global Strategy Journal

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