Corrado Topi
Senior Research Fellow

Profile

Biography

I joined the Stockholm Environment Institute coming from private enterprise. I focus on sustainability, resilience and change in a context of integrated social, economic and environmental systems. I work with corporations and with cities and I am particularly interested in collaborating with policy makers and corporate decisions makers on real world cases to make corporations, SMES and cities sustainable and resilient. If you want to know more about my research click on the Research tab.

Career

I trained originally as a Theoretical Physicist. After a brief spell as researcher for CERN funded by ASP, I moved to the world of private enterprises. I moved through different industrial sectors: I started in robotics, through to the automotive and appliance sector to end up in the online IS and business consulting.  My career that took me from a junior position to executive level, and then to board and directorship level. I “retired” to take up my position at the Stockholm Environment Institute Research Centre at the University of York.

Departmental roles

I lecture on CSR for CSREM (Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management) Masters Programme of courses. It is a cross-department programme (School of Management, Department of Environment and Geography, Stockholm  Environment Institute) led by the Department of Environment and Geography. You can find more information on the Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Masters course web page.

Doing your PhD with me

If you want to do a PhD with me, normally it is because you either want to work with me, or you want to work on one of my research areas. There are two ways of doing a PhD with me:

  • You write a very interesting and competent project that falls under my research interests and you propose it to me for supervision.
  • You look at my PhD offers, and you answer to the advert.

Research

Overview

I am interested in researching and working with policy makers and corporate decisions makers on the following issues:

  • Transformation of the economy to meet the combined challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation, resilience and sustainability – in particular at local economy scale. I am particularly interested in the in the development of tools and methodologies to support decision makers, both political and corporate, and in the relationships between individual and company level and higher political and economic levels, e.g. micro and macro economics.
  • The global supply chain and its relationships with ecosystem services (that is, how ecosystem services affect and are affected by the global supply chain), particularly in a context of climate change. I am also interested to understand whether GHG emissions can be used as proxy measures for generic impact on ecosystem services or not, and if not how should we proceed, and which policies are the most effective in reducing GHG emissions as well as negative impact on ecosystem services.
  • Predictive modelling methodologies, in particular Multi Agent Based Models, statistic models, IO models and energy-economy models. I am particularly interested in applications to four types of problems: the modelling of network of socio-economic actors (for example networks of consumers and businesses at local level), the modelling of political decision making hierarchies, the modelling of infrastructure, the modelling of the energy supply chain and of the energy provision infrastructure. Methodologically, I am particularly interested in non rational socio economic agents, that is agents with personality who make context dependant, real world decision.

Projects

Publications

Selected publications

Clark, J. H., Hunt, A. J., Topi, C., Paggiola, G. & Sherwood, J. (2017)  Sustainable Solvents: Perspectives from Research, Business and International Policy
Royal Society of Chemistry. 358 p. (Green chemistry series ) Book

Rizos, V., Behrens, A., van der Gaast, W., Hofman, E., Ioannou, A., Kafyeke, T., Flamos, A., Rinaldi, R., Papadelis, S., Hirschnitz-Garbers, M. & Topi, C. (2016) Implementation of circular economy business models by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): Barriers and enablers. Sustainability, Vol 8 no.11

Topi, C., Taranic, I. & Behrens, A. (2016) Understanding the Circular Economy in Europe from Resource Efficiency to Sharing Platforms: The CEPS Framework Brussels, Belgium: (Centre for European Policy Studies). 24 p. 

Topi, C., Esposto, E. & Marini Govigli, V. (2016) The economics of green transition strategies for cities: Can low carbon, energy efficient development approaches be adapted to demand side urban water efficiency? Book

Gouldson, A., Kerr, N., Millward-Hopkins, J., Freeman, M. C., Topi, C. & Sullivan, R. (2015)  Innovative financing models for low carbon transitions: Exploring the case for revolving funds for domestic energy efficiency programmes. Article in Energy policy

Tallontire, A., Doherty, B., Wong , C. Y., Young, W., Tse, M., Saintier, S., Ollerenshaw, Z., Said-Allsopp, M., Topi, C. & Ogelthorpe, D. (2015) Building Up Resilience in Agricultural Supply Chains and Integrated Approach. Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), p. 1-31 31 p.

Gouldson, Andy, Niall Kerr, Corrado Topi, Johan Kuylenstierna, and Richard Pearce. “The Economics of Low Carbon Cities: Approaches to a City-Scale Mini-Stern Review.” In The Economy of Green Cities, 221–230. Springer, 2013.

Gouldson, A., Kerr, N., Topi, C. Dawkins, E., Kuylenstierna, J., Sullivan, R. and Webber, P. (2014) ‘The Economics and Financing of Low Carbon Cities’ in Dixon, T. and Eames, M. (eds) Urban Retrofitting for Sustainability: Mapping the Transition for 2050, Routledge.

Gouldson, A., Kerr, N., Topi, C. Dawkins, E., Kuylenstierna, J. and Pearce, R. (2013) ‘The Economics of Low Carbon Cities: A Mini-Stern Review for Birmingham and the Wider Urban Area, published by the Centre for Low Carbon Futures.

Gouldson, A., Kerr, N., Topi, C. Dawkins, E., Kuylenstierna, J. and Pearce, R. (2013) ‘The Economics of Low Carbon Cities: A Mini-Stern Review for the Humber, published by the Centre for Low Carbon Futures.

Acquaye, Adolf A., Paul Barratt, Corrado Topi, David Glew, Johan Kuylenstierna, SC Lenny Koh, John Barrett, and Simon McQueen–Mason. “Green Supply Chain Management: The Development of Supply Chain Carbon Maps.” International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics 3, no. 3 (2012): 175–192.

Gouldson, A., Kerr, N., Topi, C. Dawkins, E., Kuylenstierna, J. and Pearce, R. (2012) ‘The Economics of Low Carbon Cities: A Mini-Stern Review for the Leeds City Region, published by the Centre for Low Carbon Futures.

Gouldson, A., Kerr, N., Topi, C. Dawkins, E., Kuylenstierna, J. and Pearce, R. (2012) ‘The Economics of Low Carbon Cities: A Mini-Stern Review for the Sheffield City Region, published by the Centre for Low Carbon Futures.

Van Reijswoud, Victor, and C. Topi. “Alternative Routes in the Digital World: Open Source Software in Africa.” Mtafiti Mwafrika (African Researcher) 12, no. 2 (2007): 49–59.

Pelizzola, Alessandro, and Corrado Topi. “Generalized Coherent States for Dynamical Superalgebras.” International Journal of Modern Physics B 5, no. 19 (1991): 3073–3108.

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