Lorenzo Fioramonti (@lofioramonti) is Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), where he directs the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (www.governanceinnovation.org), and Deputy Project Leader of the Future Africa initiative. He is also Extraordinary Professor at the School of Public Leadership of the University of Stellenbosch, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of Governance (Germany) and Associate Fellow at the United Nations University.
Lorenzo is the first and only Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam in Africa, a recognition awarded by the European Commission to distinguished academics focusing on regional economic integration, and also holds the UNESCO-UNU Chair in Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People. In 2012, he received the UP Exceptional Young Researcher Award and in 2014 he became the first president of the European Union Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa. Lorenzo is the Editor-in-Chief of Solutions, the leading popular scientific magazine, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies, the leading academic journal of European economic integration. He is the author of over 60 scientific articles and 10 books. His most recent books are Wellbeing Economy: Success in a World Without Growth (MacMillan 2017) and The World After GDP: Economics, Politics and International Relations in the Post-Growth Era (Polity 2017), which have been featured – among others – by Bloomberg and the Financial Times. Lorenzo’s research interests range from alternative economic paradigms to the governance of the commons, global political innovations and new forms of supranational regionalism. His opinion pieces have been published, among others, by The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Harvard Business Review, TruthOut, Die Presse, The Conversation, Das Parlament, Der Freitag, The Mail&Guardian and www.opendemocracy.net. He has a monthly column in Business Day, South Africa’s foremost daily financial newspaper. He is the author of two film documentaries, The Age of Adaptation (https://lorenzofioramonti.org/videos/) and Presi per il PIL (in Italian, http://www.presiperilpil.org/ilfilm.html).
He blogs at www.lorenzofioramonti.org and he is a sought-after public speaker on issues regarding new economic paradigms, rethinking development and responsible business. His work is endorsed by acclaimed authors such as Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett, Raj Patel, Vandana Shiva, Susan George, Richard Heinberg, Johan Galtung and leading economists like Robert Costanza, Enrico Giovannini and Tim Jackson. He is the founder of the Action Research Network for a Wellbeing Economy in Africa (WE-Africa, www.we-africa.org) and a member of the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity (www.asap4all.org).
His view is that scholars must try their best to make a difference. Our daily life is too important to spend all our time dealing with piles of papers and dusty books. We need to get out there and make our voices heard. We owe it to ourselves. To our children. And to those who will come after us.
His main books include:
*Fioramonti, L. Wellbeing Economy: Success in a World Without Growth, Johannesburg and New York: MacMillan, 2017 (paperback).
*Fioramonti, L. The World After GDP. Economics, Politics and International Relations in the Post-Growth Era, Cambridge: Polity Bookss, 2017 (paperback).
- Financial Times: https://www.ft.com/content/a9c7b6d8-08cc-11e7-ac5a-903b21361b43?mhq5j=e1 (2017)
*Fioramonti, L., Scholte, J.A. and Nhema, A. (eds) New Rules for Global Justice: Structural Redistribution in the Global Economy, Lanham and London: Rowman and Littlefield. Paperback.
*Fioramonti, L. How Numbers Rule the World: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics, London: Zed Books, 2014 (paperback).
- LSE Review of Books: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2014/02/21/book-review-how-numbers-rule-the-world-by-lorenzo-fioramonti/ (2014)
- Published in Korean by Bookstory (2015).
*Fioramonti, L. (ed.) Civil Society and World Regions: How Citizens Are Reshaping Regional Governance in Times of Crisis, Lanham: Lexington, 2014. Paperback in January 2015.
- Journal of Common Market Studies, 53 (2), 2015: 429-430.
*Fioramonti, L. & Thuemler, E. (eds) Citizens vs. Markets: How Civil Society Is Rethinking the Economy in a Time of Crises, London: Routledge, 2013 (paperback).
Reviewed by (among others):
- Political Studies, 2015, 13: 597-598.
*Fioramonti, L. Gross Domestic Problem. The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number, London: Zed Books, 2013 (paperback).
- Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 15:2-3.
- Red Pepper Magazine: http://www.redpepper.org.uk/gdp-a-not-so-magic-number/ (2013)
- United Nations University, One World, Development and Society: http://unu.edu/publications/articles/the-gross-domestic-problem.html (2013)
- Included among the 3 most influential books on GDP by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture: http://iasc-culture.org/THR/channels/Common_Place/2014/03/whats-the-matter-with-gdp/ (2014)
- Reviewed and profiled by Public Books: http://www.publicbooks.org/nonfiction/our-mis-leading-indicators (2014)
- Published in Chinese by Beijing Xingshengle Book Distribution (2015).
- Published in Korean by Humanitas (2016).
- To be published in Bahasa by Marjin Kiri by end of 2015.
- Published in Italian by L’Asino D’Oro Edizioni (2017)
*Fioramonti, L. (ed.) Regionalism in a Changing World. Comparative Perspectives in the New Global Order, London: Routledge, 2012.
- Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, 8 (1), 2013: 88-89.
*Fioramonti, L. (ed.) Regions and Crises. New Challenges for Contemporary Regionalisms, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012.
- International Spectator, 48 (2), 2013: 133-136.
- Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, 2012 (2): 73-75
- Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 26 (1), 2013: 265-266.
- South African Journal of International Affairs, 21 (2), 2014: 300-302.
*Fioramonti, L. European Union Democracy Aid. Supporting Civil Society in Post-Apartheid South Africa, London: Routledge, 2010.
*Fioramonti, L. & Lucarelli, S. (eds.) External Perceptions of the European Union as a Global Actor, London: Routledge, 2009. Paperback published in 2011.
- European Journal of Development Research, 23 (3): 507-509.
- Millennium – Journal of International Studies, 2011, 39: 902-903.
- Political Studies Review, 2012, 10 (2): 293-294.
Here are his main scientific articles:
*Fioramonti, L., Costanza, R., et al. ‘Twenty Years of Ecosystem Services: How Far Have We Come and How Far Do We Still Need to Go?’, Ecosystem Services, 28: 1-16 [SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.935; Impact Factor: 4.072; 5-Year Impact Factor: 5.866 ].
*Fioramonti, L. ‘South Africa’s Perceptions of the EU in Energy Governance: A Partner in Decline?’, Comparative European Politics, 15(1): 99-114.
*Fioramonti, L., Costanza, R., et al. ‘Measuring Sustainable Wellbeing in Connection with the UN Sustainable Development Goals’, Ecological Economics, 130: 350-355. [SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.733; Impact Factor: 3.227; 5-Year Impact Factor: 4.227 ].
*Fioramonti, L. and Mattheis, F., ‘Is Africa Really Following Europe? An Integrated Framework for Comparative Regionalism’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 54 (3): pp. 674–690. [Impact Factor: 1.83; ISI Journal Citation Report Ranking: 2015: 12/86 (International Relations); 25/163 (Political Science); 61/344 (Economics); ISSN: 1468-5965].
*Fioramonti, L. ‘Post-GDP World? Rethinking International Politics in the 21st Century’, Global Policy, 7 (1): 15-24. [ISI Journal Citation Reports Ranking: 2015: 42/86; Impact Factor: 0.837; IBSS Journal; ISSN: 1758-5899].
*Fioramonti, L. ‘We Can’t Eat GDP! Global Trends on Alternative Indicators’, Global Trends. Prospects for World Society. Available online: http://www.global-trends.info/fileadmin/Globale-Trends/beitraege_kapitel/fioramonti.pdf
*Fioramonti, L. ‘How Moving Beyond GDP May Help Fight Poverty in Africa’, CROP Policy Brief, October 2014. Available online: www.crop.org/viewfile.aspx?id=582
*Fioramonti, L. and Kononykhina, O., ‘Measuring the Enabling Environment of Civil Society: A Global Capability Index,’ VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 26 (2): 466-487. [ISI Social Sciences Citation Index; Impact Factor: .881 2012; IBSS Journal; ISSN 0957-8765].
*Fioramonti, L., Slippers, B. and Vogel, C. ‘Global Trends and Opportunities for Development of African Research Universities’, South African Journal of Science 111 (1-2): 1-4.
*Fioramonti, L. and Nshimbi, C. ‘The Will to Integrate: South Africa’s Responses to Regional Migration from the SADC Region’, African Development Review 26 (1): 52-63. [ISI Social Sciences Citation Index; Impact Factor: .633; IBSS Journal; ISSN 1467-8268].
*Fioramonti, L. ‘The World’s Most Powerful Number: An Assessment of 80 Years of GDP Ideology,’ Anthropology Today 30 (2): 12-15.
*Fioramonti, L. ‘Africa Rising? Think Again,’ Perspectives: Political Analyses and Commentary, 1 (February 2014): 6-9.
*Fioramonti, L. ‘Regions without Borders? Regional Governance, Migration and Social Protection in Europe and Africa,’ Regions and Cohesion, 3 (3), special guest editor.
*Fioramonti, L. and Thumler, E., ‘Civil Society, Crisis and Change: Towards a Theoretical Framework,’ The Journal of Civil Society, 9 (2): 225-232. [IBSS Journal; ISSN 1744-8689].
*Fioramonti, L. and Thumler, E., ‘Accountability, Democracy and Post-Growth: Civil Society Rethinking Political Economy and Finance,’ The Journal of Civil Society, 9 (2): 117-128. [IBSS Journal; ISSN 1744-8689].
*Fioramonti, L., ‘Micro-Assistance to Democracy: Two Revolutions in Promoting Consolidation of Democracy in Developing Countries,’ Strategic Review of Southern Africa, 34 (2): 110-127. [IBSS Journal; ISSN 1013-1108].
*Fioramonti, L. (ed.), Regionalism in a Changing World. Perspectives from Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America, Special Issue of The International Spectator, 47 (1): 176p. [IBSS Journal; ISSN 0393-2729] In particular, Fioramonti, L. ‘ Building Regions from Below: Has Time for Regionalism 2.0?’: 151-160.
*Fioramonti, L. and Thumler, E., ‘The Financial Crisis and the Nonprofit Sector: Can Philanthropic Foundations Support the Creation of a Civic Watchdog of International Finance?,’ International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, 13 (3): 33-42. Available online: http://www.icnl.org/research/journal/vol13iss3/art_1.htm
*Fioramonti, L. & Kimunguyi, ‘Europe vs. China in Africa: public opinion and elite views in Kenya and South Africa’, The International Spectator, 46 (1): 69-82. [IBSS Journal; ISSN 0393-2729]
*Fioramonti, L. ‘Europa Potenza Globale: un ridimensionamento delle ambizioni europee nei rapporti tra Nord e Sud del mondo’, Quaderni di Relazioni Internazionali, 13 October 2010: 44-56.
*Fioramonti, L. & Fiori, A. ‘Civil Society After Democracy: the Evolution of Civic Activism in South Africa and Korea’, Journal of Civil Society, 6 (1): 25-40. [IBSS Journal; ISSN 1744-8689].
*Fioramonti, L.& Fiori, A. ‘The Changing Role of Civil Society in Democratization: Evidence from South Africa and Korea’, African and Asian Studies, 9 (1-2): 83-104. [Social Sciences Citation Index; IBSS Journal; ISSN 1569-2094]. Impact Factor: 0.23
*Fioramonti, L. ‘Poteri emergenti nell’economia politica internazionale: il caso di India, Brasile e Sudafrica’ Quaderni Forum, 2/2009.
*Fioramonti, L., ‘Sustainability and Micro-Assistance to Democracy: An Empirical Study of EU aid to Post-Apartheid South Africa’, Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, 35 (3):321-338. [Social Sciences Citation Index; IBSS Journal; ISSN 0258-9346]. Impact Factor: 0.538.
*Fioramonti, L. ‘African Integration and the European Union: Views and Perspectives’, Centre for Policy Studies Synopsis, 10 (1), 2009: 3-7.
*Fioramonti, L. & Poletti, A. ‘Facing the Giant: Southern Perspectives on the European Union’, Third World Quarterly, 29 (1), 2008: 167-180. [Social Sciences Citation Index; IBSS Journal; ISSN 0143-6597]. Impact Factor: 0.920.
*Fioramonti, L. & Naidoo, K. ‘Governance and Civil Society in an Era of Globalisation,’ New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy, 28 (4): 66-69.
*Fioramonti, L. ‘The Internal Contradictions of Global Civil Society: What Impact on Democracy?’ Development Dialogue, 49 (2007): 131-141. [IBSS Journal; ISSN 0345-2328]. SJR Index: 0,025. H Index: 3.
*Fioramonti, L. & Olivier, G. ‘Altruism or Self-Interest: An Exploratory Study of the EU’s External Image in South Africa,’ European Foreign Affairs Review, 12 (3), 2007: 401-419. [IBSS Journal; ISSN 1384-6299].
*Fioramonti, L. ‘Different Facets of a Strategic Partnership: How the EU is Viewed by Political and Business Elites, Civil Society and the Press in India’, European Foreign Affairs Review, 12 (3), 2007: 349-362. [IBSS Journal; ISSN 1384-6299].
*Fioramonti, L. 2005. ‘Civil Societies and Democratization: Assumptions, Dilemmas and the South African Experience’, Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, 107 (August 2005): 65-88. [IBSS Journal; ISSN 0040-5817].
*Fioramonti, L. 2004. ‘Analysing Micro-Assistance to Democracy: The European Union Supporting Grassroots Organisations in South Africa’, Development in Practice, 14 (6): 741-752. [IBSS Journal; ISSN 0961-4524]. SJR Index: 0,054. H Index: 16.