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José Francisco Romero Muñoz

J. F. Romero Muņoz


PhD in Science, Cognition, and Technology, University of Bologna (2012-2016).


Mobile phone: +39 327 8232846

Office address:
CIS – Department of Philosophy and Communication
University of Bologna
Via Zamboni 38
40126 Bologna


2009. Course (Training) in Technological Innovation. Iberoamerican States Organization and University of Oviedo, Spain.

2005. Master's degree in Management of Educational Institutions. Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico. Winner of the 2007 ANUIES Prize for the best Master’s dissertation in the field of higher education. Mexico. ANUIES - Acronym for Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior. The (Mexican) National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions.

1998. B.A. Psychology. Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico.


Networks, alliances and social capital in innovation processes: the case of biotechnology at Puebla and Bologna.


Our research work addressees the knowledge flows between universities and companies. Specifically, we analyze different technological innovation processes in the field of biotechnology and the agro-food sector in Puebla (Mexico) and Bologna (Italy). Technological innovation processes are important around the world because its commercial value, it is clear they are important to increase competitiveness of companies. However, they also are important because they imply the substitution of all technologies that operate in the economic sectors. In some cases the technology change has a positive value not only in favor of an economic factor, but because it means a creation of technologies more kindly incorporated into the environment, the support of social demands, etc. In spite of this, the flow of knowledge that grows inside a laboratory to the operation of specific technologies into a company implies a complicated path in all senses, from the search funding to the continue experimentation and solving problem. One issue that frequently is under consideration in this process is the importance of collaboration networks and social capital (informal relationships included). In fact, they facilitate the creation of alliances and research collaboration that points to technological innovation. Because the relevance of this kind of collaboration and social capital among groups of universities and companies, it is worth to study how they shape and plug-in together; what is their structure and performance in different social contexts. Puebla and Bologna regions exemplify significant cases to this analysis.


Co-author. Chapter “Mexico: Higher Education, the Liberal Arts, and Prospects for Curricular Change” in Confronting Challenges to the Liberal Arts Curriculum, Edited by MacGill, P., Routledge, USA. 2012.

Co-author. Journal Article “Dropouts or disappointed? different reasons for dropping out of higher education” in Revista de la educación superior, ANUIES. Vol. XL (4), No. 160 Octubre - Diciembre de 2011, pp. 29 - 50

Author. Book “Experiencias de Vinculación Universidad - Sector Productivo y Social en la BUAP (Relationship experiences between University and- Productive and Social Sectors- at BUAP, master’s dissertation). ANUIES, Mexico, 2008.

Co-author. Journal Article: “La acreditación en México: algunos avances con crecientes contradicciones (Accreditation in Mexico: Some progress with growing contradictions)” in Avaliação - Revista da Rede de Avaliação Institucional da Educação Superior, Brasil, Vol.11 - nº1 – Mar. 2006, pp. 31 - 45

Co-author. Chapter “Cumbres borrascosas y valles pantanosos: interrogantes acerca de la autonomía universitaria en México (stormy tops, and swampy valleys: questions concerning university autonomy in Mexico)” in “La autonomía universitaria a debate (University’s autonomy under debate)”, Editorial Universitaria - Universidad de Guadalajara, México, 2010.

Co-author. Chapter “Conclusión - Algunos retos y perspectivas para la BUAP (Conclusions – some challenges and perspectives for BUAP)” in “Retos y perspectivas de la Educación Superior (Challenges and perspectives concerning Higher Education)”, BUAP/Plaza y Valdez, México, 2005.

Co-author. Paper “La calidad de los programas educativos: acreditación vs resultados en el EGEL (curriculums’ quality: accreditation against EGEL results)” in 8° Congreso Internacional Retos y Expectativas de la Universidad, Nayarit, México, 2008.

Author. Paper: “La integración de las Divisiones de Estudios Superiores en la BUAP (the creation of academic departments at BUAP)” in XIX Congreso Nacional de Posgrado, Consejo Mexicano de Estudios de Posgrado, Puebla, México, 2005.

Co-author. Paper: “Cambios en la oferta educativa y población escolar de la BUAP y del estado de Puebla desde 1990 (changes of educational studies and scholar population at BUAP, and the State of Puebla, since 1990) in Foro Calidad e Innovación Educativa, Puebla, México, 2005.

Job Experiences

2012-present. Researcher. Technology Transfer Office “Centro Universitario de Vinculación y Transferencia Tecnológica”. Autonomous University of Puebla (AUP), Mexico.

2003-2012. Coordinator for Educational Management. Vice-president’s office for teaching. Autonomous University of Puebla (AUP), Mexico.

2008-2012. National evaluator of projects, invited by ANUIES. Projects for supporting professional background of higher education students.

2010. Associated Instructor, work course: how to write scientific articles? For undergraduate teachers of the University’s network for educational assessment and graduate studies. AUP.

2009. Trainer of trainers. “Centro-south area” from ANUIES. Training for Principals of Upper-secondary Education.

Since 2011. Member of Academic Committee. Institute for Developing and Research on Educational Innovation in Iberoamerica.

2005-2010. Member of Academic Committee. Network “Challenges and expectation concerning university”. Mexico.

2010-2011. Curator and manager. First Academia’s Conference of Upper-secondary Education, AUP, Puebla, México.

2010. Author and manager. Project for infrastructure of Upper-secondary Education at AUP. Sponsored by Secretary of Public Education, Puebla.

2007-2010. Coordinator and manager. Projects: Improving professional training for “Minerva” students at BUAP. Sponsored by ANUIES.

2006. Curator and manager. VI international conference “Challenges and perspectives concerning university” Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico.

Linguistic competences

Spanish (native), English (fluent), Italian (fluent).

Computer skills

Good knowledge of microsoft office for mac and windows: word, excel, and powerpoint. Internet browsers: safari, firefox mozilla, internet explorer. Research software tools: sente for mac, data bases such as web of knowledge, Thomson innovation website, google scholar, sciencedirect, etc.


Running and Yoga.