Dr Mario Pansera

Dr Mario Pansera

Dr Mario Pansera
Research Associate

The Priory Road Complex, Priory Road, Clifton
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School for Policy Studies


Mario is currently employed as a Research Fellow. His work focuses on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Innovation for Sustainability. He gained a PhD in Management at the University of Exeter Business School in 2015. His thesis focused on the discourses of innovation and development with a particular interest for emerging and developing countries. He joined the University of Bristol after completing a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Post-Doctoral fellowship at the ‘Academy of Business in Society’ in Brussels.

He earned a Master’s degree in Economics and Management of Innovation at the Polytechnic University of Madrid in collaboration with Autonomous University of Madrid and Complutense University in 2009. He also delved into Economic of Innovation and Science and Technology policy at Aalborg University in Denmark. His primary research interest is sustainable and ecological transition and the critique of the Development Discourse and Growth. He is particular interested in the dynamics of innovation in emerging economies, appropriate technologies and grassroots and social innovations.

Mario Pansera on Research Gate 

Mario is currently working in the project RRI-practice

RRI-Practice is a 3-year project under Horizon 2020. Its aim is to understand the barriers and drivers to the successful implementation of RRI both in European and global contexts; to promote reflection on organisational structures and cultures of research conducting and research funding organisations; and to identify and support best practices to facilitate the uptake of RRI in organisations and research programmes. The project will review RRI related work in 22 research conducting and research funding organisations and will develop RRI Outlooks outlining RRI objectives, targets and indicators for each organisation. 


Mario is also Scientist in Charge for the Academy of Business in Society in the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network ReTrace on Circular Economy coordinated by the University of Sheffield http://www.retrace-itn.eu/ 

And PI for Bristol of the H2020 funded project ReCognition on Energy Efficiency 

Latest publications

  1. Owen, R & Pansera, M, 2019, ‘Responsible Innovation: process and politics’. in: Rene von Schomberg, Jonny Hankins (eds) International Handbook on Responsible Innovation: A Global Resource. Edward Elgar Publishing
  2. Owen, R & Pansera, M, 2019, ‘Responsible Innovation and Responsible Research and Innovation’. in: Dagmar Simon, Stefan Kuhlmann, Julia Stamm, Weert Canzler (eds) Handbook on Science and Public Policy. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 26-48
  3. Colombo, LA, Pansera, M & Owen, R, 2019, ‘The discourse of eco-innovation in the European Union: An analysis of the Eco-Innovation Action Plan and Horizon 2020’. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 214., pp. 653-665
  4. Pansera, M & Owen, R, 2018, ‘Framing inclusive innovation within the discourse of development: Insights from case studies in India’. Research Policy, vol 47., pp. 23-34
  5. Pansera, M & Owen, R, 2018, ‘Innovation and Development: The Politics at the Bottom of the Pyramid’. Wiley
  6. Pansera, M & Owen, R, 2018, ‘Innovation for de-growth: A case study of counter-hegemonic practices from Kerala, India’. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 197., pp. 1872-1883
  7. Pansera, M, 2018, ‘Una gestione democratica della scienza e della tecnologia’. Gazzetta Ambiente, vol 2017., pp. 17-24
  8. Pansera, M & rizzi, f, 2018, ‘Furbish or perish: Italian social cooperatives at a crossroads’. Organization.
  9. Pansera, M, 2018, ‘Frugal or Fair? The Unfulfilled Promises of Frugal Innovation’. Technology Innovation Management Review, vol 8., pp. 6-13
  10. Sarkar, S & Pansera, M, 2017, ‘Sustainability-driven innovation at the bottom: Insights from grassroots ecopreneurs’. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol 114., pp. 327-338
  11. Pansera, M & Martinez, F, 2017, ‘Innovation for development and poverty reduction: an integrative literature review’. Journal of Management Development, vol 36., pp. 2-13
  12. Pansera, M & Sarkar, S, 2016, ‘Crafting sustainable development solutions: Frugal innovations of grassroots entrepreneurs’. Sustainability, vol 8.
  13. Pansera, M & Owen, R, 2015, ‘Framing resource-constrained innovation at the 'bottom of the pyramid': Insights from an ethnographic case study in rural Bangladesh’. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol 92., pp. 300-311
  14. Franceschini, S & Pansera, M, 2015, ‘Beyond unsustainable eco-innovation: The role of narratives in the evolution of the lighting sector’. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol 92., pp. 69-83
  15. Pansera, M & Owen, R, 2014, ‘Eco-innovation at the “bottom of the pyramid”’. in: Collaboration for Sustainability and Innovation: A Role for Sustainability Driven by the Global South?: A Cross-Border, Multi-Stakeholder Perspective. Springer Netherlands, pp. 293-313
  16. Pansera, M, 2013, ‘Frugality, grassroots and inclusiveness: New challenges for mainstream innovation theories’. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, vol 5., pp. 469-478
  17. Pansera, M, 2013, ‘Innovation system for sustainability in developing countries: The renewable energy sector in Bolivia’. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, vol 7., pp. 27-45
  18. Pansera, M, 2012, ‘Renewable energy for rural areas of Bolivia’. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol 16., pp. 6694-6704

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