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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance


Dr Roberto Pasqualino is a C-EENRG Fellow and a Research Associate in the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, working on the science-policy interface to support systems transformation towards a more just and sustainable society. Dr Pasqualino interdisciplinary background combines extensive training in complexity science, finance, mathematics, computer sciences, dynamic systems modelling, economics and public policy. At C-EENRG, he is working in the £3m BEIS- and CIFF-funded Economics of Energy Innovation Systems Transition (EEIST) research project.

Dr Pasqualino is a complexity economist and industrial engineer by training, with degrees from Anglia Ruskin University (PhD in Global Systems modelling and Sustainability), the University of Bergen (Master in System Dynamics and Policy planning), the University of Cranfield (MSc in Industrial Engineering), and University of Genova (CEng in Industrial Engineering & Master in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Internationalization).

Dr Pasqualino has developed a family of System Dynamics models that are freely available online: World3-03-Edited, Economic Risk Resources and Environment – ERRE, and Industrial Innovation, Inequality and Inflation – IN4.0. He has also been involved in the LEGENT project in collaboration with the JRC (European Commission, Ispra, Italy), working on the Powertrain Technology Market Agent Model – PTTMAM (2021 version) in the area of road transport transition modelling and policy assessment for the European and Asia-Pacific countries and the UK.

Dr Pasqualino is a lead author of the book ‘Resources Financial Risk and the Dynamics of Growth: Systems and Global Society’ (Routledge, 2020) and a co-author of the book ‘Corporate Sustainability in Practice’ (Springer, 2021), both recording international sales, and published several articles on complexity and modelling socio-economic-environmental systems. A number of videos relating to his work can be found online on his Youtube channel.

Prior to his PhD, Dr Pasqualino had gained extensive industry experience working both in large corporations and small and medium enterprises, including in new product development at Rolls Royce PLC (Derby, UK), simulation engineering and Ford powertrain operations (Basildon plant, London, UK), new product development and marketing for Boneschi Srl (Italy), and international partnership development for Atomos Spa, an Italian information technology firm, with partners in Turkey. Over the last decade, Dr Pasqualino has worked closely with teams in the private sector, including Novigo Technology and Siemens R&D, and created Exoshock, an ARU start-up as outcome of his research.


  1. Complexity economics and system change: what are the self-reinforcing processes that can catalyse positive change or act as a threat to change in the economy? What are the fundamental intervention points that can support triggering positive change and lower systemic risk over time?
  2. Science-policy interface for sustainable transformations: what are the techniques to support co-development to better support scientists to consult meaningful policy change towards sustainability? What are the ways in which policy makers mental models can be influenced by the scientific community?
  3. Environmental risks, impact assessment and financial risks: what can be the impact of shocks emerging from agents’ interaction in a growing economy that reaches planetary boundaries? What is the mutual relationship between financial risk of climate change, resources scarcity and food security?
  4. Digital transformation and inequality: what is the impact of digital technologies on labour force and employment? What is the dynamic influence of inequality on the economy and how can inequality be reduced?


Key publications: 


  • Pickard, C., Pasqualino, R. (2022). Long-Term Strategies for the Compatibility of the Aviation Industry with Climate Targets: An Industrial Survey and Agenda for Systems Thinkers. Systems, 10(4), 90.
  • Pasqualino, R., Demartini, M., & Bagheri, F. (2021). Digital transformation and sustainable oriented innovation: A system transition model for socio-economic scenario analysis. Sustainability, 13(21), 11564.
  • Pasqualino, R., Monasterolo, I., & Jones, A. (2019). “An Integrated Global Food and Energy Security System Dynamics Model for Addressing Systemic Risk”, Sustainability, 11(14), 3995.
  • Monasterolo, I., Pasqualino, R., Janetos, A.C. and Jones, A., 2016. “Sustainable and Inclusive Food Systems through the Lenses of a Complex System Thinking Approach — A Bibliometric Review”, Agriculture, 6(3), p.44.
  • Pasqualino, R., Jones, A. W., Monasterolo, I., Philips, A. (2015). “Understanding global systems today – A calibration of the World3-03 model between 1995 and 2012”, Sustainability, 7, 9864-9889.
  • Taticchi, P., Garengo, P., Nudurupati, S. S., Tonelli, F., & Pasqualino, R. (2015). “A review of decision-support tools and performance measurement and sustainable supply chain management”, International Journal of Production Research, 53(21), 6473-6494. (REF: 3/3-/3).
  • Taticchi, P., Tonelli, F., Pasqualino, R. (2013). “Performance measurement of sustainable supply chains: A literature review and a research agenda”. International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 62 (8), pp. 782-804.


Books and Book chapters

  • Pasqualino, R., Jones, A. W. (2020). “Resources, Financial Risk, and Dynamics of growth – Systems and Global Society”, Routledge, Oxford, United Kingdom. (REF: 4/4/4)
  • Pasqualino, R. (2020). “Thinking in Systems: the long-term impact of short term business growth”, Book chapter in: Corporate Sustainability, Editors Taticchi, P. and Demartini, M., Springer, Berlin, Germany.


Policy reports

  • Grubb, M., Drummond, P., Mercure, J-F., Hepburn, C., Barbrook-Johnson, P., Ferraz, J.C., Clark, A., Diaz Anadon, L., Farmer, D.,  Hinder, B., Ives, M., Jones, A., Jun, G., Kelkar, U., Kolesnikov, S., Lam, A., Mathur, R., Pasqualino, R., Penasco, C., Pollitt, H., Ramos, L., Roventini, A., Salas, P., Sharpe, S., Songli, Z., Vercoulen, P., Waghray, K., Xiliang, Z. “New economics of innovation and transition: evaluating opportunities and risks”, A report by the Economics of Energy Innovation and System Transition (EEIST) consortium. Available online at:
C-EENRG Fellow
Research Associate, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge
Roberto Pasqualino