Roberto Pasqualino

PhD Researcher

Global Sustainability Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Global Risk and Resilience

Roberto Pasqualino is researching in the field of computational modelling of complex social systems and policy aiding using such models. Based on the Limits to Growth study, he is currently investigating the nexus between economic growth, financial risk, and natural resource scarcity at the global level using system dynamics. In particular, the research is focused in assessing the impact of production shocks and price spikes due to climate change to the food and energy systems, test fiscal and monetary policies from the financial sector, and assessing cascading impacts and risks on the rest of the economy.

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Roberto's publications range from a revisit of the Limits to Growth model (Sustainability, 2015), to the use of systems dynamics to model and test climate change shocks in the global agricultural system (Food Security & Agricultural Systems, TBP), to the performance measurement and production systems research field with focus on performance measurement and indicators as well as in the development of decision making tools and application for the management of manufacturing plants and operations.


Roberto holds a BSc and MSC in Management Engineering and was awarded a double MSc between the University of Genoa (Italy) and Cranfield University (UK). Further post graduate courses involve entrepreneurship and business internationalization in growing markets through innovation practices, firm performance and sustainable business development, socio-economic national planning and development in both Europe and US. Roberto is a Charted Industrial Engineer.

Selected recent publications

  • Pasqualino, R., Monasterolo, I., Jones, A. W. (In press) An Integrated Global Food and Energy Security System Dynamics model for addressing systemic risk and supporting short term sustainable policy making. Food Security.
  • Monasterolo, I., Pasqualino, R., Mollona, E., Jones, A.W., Janetos, J. A. (In press) The role of System Dynamics in understanding the global food systems and enhancing food security. 
  • Monasterolo, I., Pasqualino, R., Janetos, A. C., Jones, A. W. (2016) Sustainable and Inclusive Food Systems through the Lenses of a Complex System Thinking Approach—A Bibliometric Review. Agricultural Systems. Agriculture, 6(3), pp. 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. DOI: 10.3390/su7089864.
  • Taticchi, P., Garengo, P., Nudurupati, S.S., Tonelli, F., Pasqualino, R. 2014. A review of decision-support tools and performance measurement and sustainable supply chain management. International Journal of Production Research. DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2014.939239.
  • 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.