I am a Research Fellow at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, and a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. I previously was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University while, in February 2019, I will join Cambridge University as a Research Associate.
My research combines Economic Geography with Political Economy and Public Economics. I specialize in the links between political institutions, territorial governance, and local economic development.
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, and 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.