My research is interdisciplinary, cutting across Economic Geography, Political Economy, and Public Policy. It focuses on the interactions between unequal territorial development, power dynamics, and public policy delivery. It explores the politics of territorial development, how spatial inequalities drive political discontent, and the governance of policy delivery at the local level.
I try to answer questions such as: In which ways do electoral politics influence the territorial distribution of resources and patterns of heterogenous local and regional development? In turn, what are the political consequences of the deep spatial inequalities that have been opening up across many advanced economies? 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.
Areas of expertise
- Politics of territorial development
- Geographies of political discontent
- Local governance and policy delivery
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economy, and a Fellow at Churchill College. I am also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, Middle East Centre.
I previously was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Middle East Initiative.
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).
Awards and fellowships
Quality of Government Institute Best 2018/19 Paper Award (2020).
Best Conference Paper Award. Regional Studies Association (2019).
G. Leonardi PhD Dissertation Award. Italian Regional Science Association (2016).
Emirates Foundation Doctoral Studentship. LSE MEC Centre (2014).
G. Atalık Best Paper Prize. Turkish Regional Science Association (2014).
Best MSc Thesis of the Year Prize. University of Turin (2011).
Early Career Grant. Regional Studies Association (2020).
Research Grant. Economic Research Forum – ERF (2017).
TUBITAK Research Grant. Boğazici University, Turkey (2014).
TUBITAK Research Grant. Istanbul Technical University, Turkey (2012).
Visiting Fellowship. Middle East Centre, London School of Economics (2018-21).
Postdoctoral By-Fellowship, Churchill College, Cambridge University (2019-22).
Middle East Initiative Fellowship. Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2016-17).