My research explores key contemporary patterns of territorial inequality, their political economy determinants, and their social consequences. It is interdisciplinary, cutting across Economic Geography, Political Economy, and Public Policy.
I focus on three main interrelated areas of inquiry: (1) exploring some of the most important patterns of the spatial inequalities that have been opening up across many advanced economies in the last decades; (2) analysing the extent to which territorial inequality is purely driven by market forces or if, instead, it is also affected by political economy considerations such as active government intervention and electoral politics; (3) understanding how spatial inequality (running both along regional and urban/rural divides) affect individual attitudes and political discontent.
To explore these issues, I primarily focus on Italy, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and other European countries. I believe that both description and explanation are important goals of social sciences. Each is essential and, hence, some of my papers are exploratory in nature, while others aim to identify rigorous causal relationships.
Similarly, I believe in methodological pluralism and the idea that qualitative and quantitative methods follow different styles and techniques, but that they are yet driven by a similar underlying logic of inference. As a consequence, I try to combine quantitative quasi-experimental methods and GIS with qualitative evidence and fieldwork.
Areas of expertise
- Patterns of territorial inequality
- The political economy of heterogenous subnational development
- Geographies of individual attitudes and political discontent
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economy, and a Fellow at Fitzwilliam College. I am also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics‘ International Inequalities Institute, and an Associate at LSE Middle East Centre as well as at the University of Turin’s Centre for Urban Research.
During my PhD at LSE I worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant for the Department of Geography & Environment, as a Research Assistant for LSE Enterprise and as Research Associate for Macat.
In the past, I worked for the European Commission in the EU Delegation to Turkey. My duties involved the overall coordination of three institution-building instruments (around 40 projects) among Turkish Ministries, the EU Headquarter and EU Member States, as well as the provision of technical assistance and trainings to bureaucrats from EU Member States.
Between 2008 and 2010 I co-wrote and assisted the production of the doc-film Almost Married, which was sold and broadcasted to several European TVs and selected, among other festivals, at New York MoMA‘s Documentary Forthnight and Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA).