Davide Luca





I hold a PhD in Economic Geography from the London School of Economics. I was a 2016/17 MEI Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I am now a Research Fellow in Applied Economics at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, a newly established institute for advanced studies in Italy.


My research specialises in the politics of development and in institutional distortions and inefficiencies affecting the design and implementation of public policies. Given my background as a geographer I am particularly interested in territorial governance and the spatial dimensions of policy-making. A secondary interest is financial geography.    


My PhD thesis was awarded the 2016 Italian Regional Science Association's G. Leonardi Best Doctoral Dissertation Prize. In the past I worked for the European Commission, as well as consulted for the European Parliament.


My research has been published in international journals such as the Journal of Economic Geography, World Development, the Journal of Development Studies, Environment & Planning C, and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society.