Davide Luca


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I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economy, and a By-Fellow at Churchill College. I'm also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.  


My research explores the political economy of local and regional development. It is interdisciplinary cutting across Economic Geography, Political Economy and Public Policy, and covers three main themes: (1) the geographies of inequality and political discontent; (2) politics of local and regional development; (3) local institutions and public policy.


I try to answer questions such as: what are the political consequences of the deep spatial inequalities that have been opening up across many advanced economies, and what can policy-makers do about it? What are the geographical effects of electoral politics on government spending decisions? Do territorial governance and ‘perverse institutions’ such as organized crime affect policy delivery at the local level? To answer these questions, my work leverages innovative data sources and combines a set of statistical methods for the identification of causal relationships with GIS analysis and in-depth case studies.


In the past I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, worked for the European Commission, and consulted for the European Parliament.