Giorgio Riello is a Professor of Global History and Culture at Warwick and joined the Department of History in January 2007. His area of expertise lies in the history of globalisation, trade and manufacturing with a particular focus on industrialisation and economic divergence.
Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor said:
IAS, under its last Director Professor Richard Aldrich, has clearly delivered on the goals the University set for it to enrich the research environment for postgraduate students and early career scholars.
I am delighted that Professor Giorgio Riello has agreed to take that work forward as the next Director of IAS. As one of IAS’s main goals is to enhance opportunities for international engagement with Warwick, I think that it is particularly fitting that we have appointed an award winning researcher renowned for his work in global history.”
Giorgio has been in charge of a number of research projects and networks, the most recent of which is the Leverhulme-funded 'Luxury Network' in collaboration with several museums and universities and the Warwick Business School. He has been a member of the Global History and Culture Centre since its foundation and co-directed the Centre in 2013-14. Since 2010 he has also been the Director of the Pasold Research Fund, a charity established in 1964 for the promotion of research in textiles, dress and fashion.