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Welcome Ioana and Paola, our new Postdocs!

Published: 2020-08-31

Meet our new staff

Ioana Igna and Paola Raffaelli.

Hello Ioana Igna!

What brought you to Lund University and Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship?

Lund University has an excellent teaching and research environment, it is highly international and has a culture for innovation. Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship is an outstanding centre that combines two of my research interests: entrepreneurship  and innovation.


Tell us about your new job/position! What are you expectations?

As a post-doc researcher, I am working on a project related to the Sweden's position in the global value chains.  I expect to find a productive and stimulating environment and I am looking forward to contributing to University's research activities. 


What is your background?

I received my PhD in Economics from the University of Perugia (Italy) in 2017 with a thesis on the effect of educational mismatch on innovation-related activities. During my academic experience, I have been a trainee at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in Ispra (Italy) and post-doc researcher at the National Institute for Public Policies Analysis in Rome (Italy). 


Tell us something surprising about yourself!

During my spare time I like climbing and swimming.


Contact Ioana here.


 

Hi Paola Raffaelli!

What brought you to Lund University and Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship?

I’ve been researching the social economy for the last 10 years, in particular, I studied co-operatives, voluntary organisations, community organisations and charities in different settings, mainly Europe and  Latin America. I consider the current economic system is very unfair, specially for those living in the global South, and there are alternatives emerging from this context that deserve wider recognition in order to shape an economic order that includes everyone. Thus, I just joined Lund University to study community currencies in Argentina and Spain. 


Tell us about your new job/position! What are you expectations?

I am a post-doctorate fellow in Grassroots Financial Innovations and Social Entrepreneurship. This means that I’ll do research on innovations produced collectively as a way to improve communities’ financial situation, particularly in terms of community currencies. Through community currencies, communities provide themselves access to funding, therefore, this suggests that this offers them novel financial and monetary infrastructures and a novel rout for social enterprise. Thus, as a result of this project, I will gain knowledge on the institutional arrangements, practices and rules of community currencies, and I hope this will help for making community currencies a more accessible innovation for much more communities. 


What is your background?

I’m a sociologist and have a PhD in Sustainable Economics and Management. 


Tell us something surprising about yourself!

Something surprising about myself is that I lived in 5 different countries.


Contact Paola here.