My research is interdisciplinary, cutting across Economic Geography, Political Economy, and Public Policy. It focuses on the interactions between territorial inequality, power, and public policy delivery. It explores the politics of local and regional development, the geographies of political discontent, and the links between local governance and policy delivery.
I try to answer questions such as: do electoral politics influence public policy outputs and developmental outcomes at the subnational level? In turn, what are the social and political consequences of the spatial inequalities that have been opening up across many rich economies? Do territorial governance and ‘perverse institutions’ such as organized crime affect policy delivery at the local level?
To answer these questions, I primarily focus on Turkey, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and leverage a set of statistical methods for the identification of causal relationships with GIS analysis and in-depth qualitative fieldwork.
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.
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).