Dr. Benito Giordano MBA

Dr. Benito Giordano MBA

Associate Professor
Expert areas: Business & Society, Context, Family Business, Management & Organisation, Strategy & Innovation


Dr Benito Giordano holds a PhD in political-economic geography from the University of Durham, UK, and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK. He joined TIAS in September 2022 as an Associate Professor. Before that, between 2012 and 2022 he worked in the Management School at the University of Liverpool, UK.
His research interests focus upon the role of public policy and funding to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation to promote local and regional economic development across Europe.
Benito has considerable experience outside of academia working as an EU economic development consultant as well as five years in government affairs and lobbying, heading up the Brussels Office of an English Regional Development Agency. He is a dual UK and Italian citizen and speaks four languages.


  • Giordano, B., & Greco, L. (2023). Capturing the achievements made by Interreg? Insights from cross border cooperation between Spain and Portugal. European Planning Studieshttps://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2023.2222153
  • Giordano, B. (2021). Post-Brexit regional economic development policy in the UK? Some enduring lessons from EU cohesion policy. European Urban and Regional Studies, 28(1), 26-33. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776420970624
  • Jones, O., & Giordano, B. (2021). Family entrepreneurial teams: The role of learning in business model evolution. Management Learning, 52(3), 267-293. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350507620934092
  • Horner, S., Jayawarna, D., Giordano, & B. Jones, O. (2019). Strategic choice in universities: Managerial agency and effective technology transfer. Research Policy, 48(5), 1297-1309. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2019.01.015
  • Giordano, B., & Dubois, A. (2018). Combining territory and competitiveness in EU regional policy? Analyzing ERDF investment profiles in regions with specific geographical features. Regional Studies, 53(8), 1221-1230. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2018.1495323
  • Giordano, B. (2017). Exploring the role of the ERDF in regions with specific geographical features: Islands, mountainous and sparsely populated areas. Regional Studies, 51(6), 869-879. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2016.1197387
  • Spilanis, I., Kizos, T., & Giordano, B. (2016). The effectiveness of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) projects in Greece: Views from planners, management staff and beneficiaries. European Urban and Regional Studies, 23(2), 182-197. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776413498761
  • Armstrong, H., Giordano, B., & Macleod, C. (2015). The durability of European Regional Development Fund partnership and governance structures: A case study of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Environment and Planning C, 33(6), 1566-1584 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774X15614146