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Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Edoardo MONACO
Title and Position: Associate Professor & Programme Director (Globalisation and Development Programme / Government and International Relations Programme)
Phone number (Office): +86 756 3620639


  • July 2018 – April 2019: scholarship-funded, research-based “Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains”, Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM;
  • February 2014 - October 2017: certificate in Economic Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA; 
  • October 2017: “Climate Change & Energy: Policy Making for the Long Term” Programme, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA;
  • April 2016: “Innovation for Economic Development” Programme, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA;
  • February-April 2016: “Natural Resources for Sustainable Development” MOOC by Natural Resource Governance Institute, Columbia University’s Center on Sustainable Investment and World Bank, SDG Academy / United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network;
  • July 2014: “Land Governance for Development”, intensive graduate programme, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, THE NETHERLANDS;
  • February 2014: “Leading Economic Growth” Executive Education Programme, Centre for International Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA;
  • September 2009 - Dec 2012: doctorate in International Relations, School of International Relations, Yunnan University, CHINA;
  • June 2011 - August 2011: coursework and research in “Environmental Economics” and “Social Development in Pakistan”, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA;
  • September 2005 - December 2006: double Master of Science / Grande de Master in International Management, University of Bologna’s School of Economics, ITALY, and ICN Business School / Grande Ecole, Nancy, FRANCE;
  • 2001 - 2003: intensive Winter / Summer Schools (2003: “China, India, Japan: comparing Asian giants”; 2002: “Energy policy in the Mediterranean”; “European Constitution: expansion and reforms in the E.U.”; 2001: “Development patterns in Asia”) at ISPI (Institute for International Studies supervised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Milan, ITALY;
  •  September 1999 - February 2004: Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Bologna, Bologna, ITALY.

Work Experience

  • Academia (Feb 2009 - present): Associate Professor and Director, Globalisation and Development (GD) Programme / Government & International Relations (GIR) Programme, Division of Humanities & Social Sciences Hong Kong Baptist University & Beijing Normal University’s United International College (UIC), Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, CHINA.
  • Network of European Chambers of Commerce in Asia (Jan 2007 - Dec 2008 + summer 2010):
  • Thai-European Business Association, Bangkok, THAILAND (Summer 2010): consultant on behalf of the European Business Organizations’ Network, conducting feasibility studies and managing the early set-up of the entity;
  • European Union Chamber of Commerce in KOREA, Seoul (2008): Committee Director in charge of EU-Korea trade advocacy and dialogue facilitation on behalf of European business community in the Energy & Environment, as well as Chemicals & Agro-Chemicals and Logistics & Transportation sectors;
  • Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mumbai / New Delhi, INDIA (2007): intern, first, then Assistant Manager for the Northern India Region, in charge of management and promotion of institutional and commercial initiatives between India and Italy such as B2B matchmaking, handling of trade delegations, provision of business advocacy and advisory services.
  • Law Practice [Mar 2004 - Sept 2005]: Bologna / Milan, ITALY.

Research Interest
Dr. Monaco's interests broadly concern sustainable development governance and the rise of the Global South, with particular regard to relevant Asian and African contexts in transition. He is keen on supervising projects about: holistic development paradigms and their measurement; economic growth, diversification and inclusion; South-South cooperation; natural resource management and sustainable value chains; green and circular development.
Research Grant
UICRO Grant (awaiting approval): Jan 2019-Dec 2020 - “South-South cooperation for inclusive green growth: upscaling sustainable bamboo value chains through the “Sino-Dutch-East Africa Development Programme 2016-19”.

Selected Publications
- Monaco, E. (2018). “Sustainable development governance from margins to mainstream: overcoming traps by embracing complexity”, European Journal of Sustainable Development (ESCI), Volume 7, Issue 1, 25-32;
- Monaco, E. (2017). “Preserving Bhutan’s national identity: an analysis of Gross National Happiness and other survival strategies”, European Journal of Sustainable Development (ESCI), ISSN: 2239-5938, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2017, 81-91;
- Monaco, E. (2016). “Competing demands and sustainable solutions in Bhutan: notes on Gross National Happiness and its measurements”, Journal of Management and Development Studies, Vol. 27, 1-15;
- Monaco, E. (2014). “Fairphone’s supply chain revolution: changing the world, a handset at a time”, Solutions Journal, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Issue 5(4), July-August 2014, 35-39;
- Monaco, E. (2014). “Mineral traceability and conflict in Eastern Congo: the case of Conflict-Free Tin Initiative”, International Affairs Forum, Centre for International Affairs, Washington DC, USA, Feb 2014;
- Monaco, E. (2012). “Environmental preservation and development in Bhutan: utopia or inspiration?”, Studies on Asia, Illinois State University, Department of Politics and Government & Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA), Series IV, Vol. 2, No. 1, March 2012, 71-82.

Professional Award
Recipient of the 2015-2016 President’s Award for Teaching and Service.