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Katiuscia Lavoratori

Lecturer in International Business and Strategy

Katiuscia Lavoratori


  • International Business, 
  • Economic Geography, 
  • Inward and Outward Foreign Direct Investment, 
  • MNE's Location Strategies


Room 142, Henley Business School, Whiteknights

Dr Katiuscia Lavoratori is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Business and Strategy at Henley Business School, University of Reading.

Katiuscia worked as a research fellow in Strategy & International Business at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (UK) and as a postdoc at Henley Business School (UK), after completing a PhD in Economics from the University of Perugia (Italy).

Katiuscia's research lies at the intersection of International Business and Economic Geography, with special reference to the economic analysis of location choices, the relation between agglomeration and productivity, FDI spillovers, Industry 4.0 and the new geography of global value chains. Her works have appeared in leading journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Regional Studies, Global Strategy Journal and Journal of Regional Science.

Research interests and focus

  • Location strategies of MNEs, Intra-firm Co-location
  • Agglomeration Economies
  • Firm Performance and Productivity
  • FDI Spillovers
  • Micro-Geography and Spatial Economics
  • Global Value Chains
  • Industry 4.0 and digital transformation
  • Reshoring

Research projects

  • VisitINPS Scholars Program - Type B, project on reshoring and labour market in Italy using INPS employer-employee data, with Benfratello L., Castellani D., D’Ambrosio A., Manello A. [Aug 2020]

Professional roles

  • Fellow of The Productivity Institute (
  • Advisory Board Member, Journal of Industrial and Business Economics
  • Member, European International Business Academy


  • Best Doctoral Thesis in Economics 2019-2020, awarded by the Department of Economics and Management at the University of Trento and the Department of Economic Sciences at the University of Verona to honour the memory of the late Andrea Vaona. [Sep 2020]
  • Nomination for the 2019 Academy of Management Conference Prize for the best Global Strategy Paper, for the paper “Connectivity and the location of MNE activities across the value chain”, with Castellani D., Perri A., Scalera V. [Aug 2019]
  • Global Strategy Journal (GSJ) Best Paper Award AIB-UK&I, for the paper “Connectivity and the location of MNE activities across the value chain”, with Castellani D., Perri A., Scalera V. Academy of International Business - UK&I Chapter Conference 2019. [Apr 2019]
  • EIBA 2016 Best Paper Award in Track 10 “Knowledge Management and Innovation”, for the paper “Co-location of offshored production and R&D activities. The role of intra-firm linkages”, with Castellani D. [Dec 2016]