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CIRCLE seminar: Elisa Giuliani, University of Pisa.


Tid: 2020-12-02 14:00 till 15:00
Plats: Zoom
Kontakt: claudio [dot] fassio [at] fek [dot] lu [dot] se
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CIRCLE hosts an on-line seminar with Elisa Giuliani, professor at the Department of Economics & Management of the University of Pisa.

Elisa Giuliani is Full Professor at the Department of Economics & Management of the University of Pisa, and Director of the Responsible Management Research Center (REMARC). Elisa Giuliani’s research interests focus on the pitfalls of contemporary capitalism. Her research covers innovation, sustainable development and responsible management. She is Editor for Research Policy, in the Editorial Boards of Economic Geography, the Journal of Economic Geography and the Business and Human Rights Journal. She is a member of the Regional Studies Association Research Committee.

Paper to be presented 

Patent Toxicity

View the paper here.


A toxic-free world is one of the goals of the European Green Deal and a key objective of the World Health Organization Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals. However, although use of some toxic chemicals is being banned, others continue to be developed. We consider this motivation for a closer examination of the toxicity of chemical inventions. We combine patent analysis with computational toxicology and develop a methodological roadmap to measure patent toxicity, that is, the extent to which a patent includes “components” (or compounds) that are toxic to humans and/or the environment. To illustrate our proposed methodology, we analyse the toxicity of ten well-known hazardous chemicals. The measurement of patent toxicity opens up interesting avenues for future research and, potentially, has some strong policy implications.