Davide Luca



I hold a PhD in Economic Geography from the London School of Economics. I was a 2016/17 MEI Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. From September 2017 I will be joining the Gran Sasso Science Institute as a Research Fellow in applied economics.


My expertise cuts across economic geography, political economy, and comparative politics. My current research covers the politics of regional development in Turkey, as well as territorial governance and local development policies in the European Union.


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 World Development, the Journal of Development Studies, Environment & Planning C, and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society.