About me

My research is interdisciplinary, combining Economic Geography, Political Economy, and Public Policy. It explores the interactions between territorial inequality, politics, and public policy delivery.

I focus on three main areas of inquiry: (1) the extent to which political factors/dynamics influence subnational development; (2) the way in which individual attitudes and political discontent ‘cluster’ along with regional and urban/rural divides; (3) the effects of territorial governance/institutions on public policy delivery at the local level.

To explore these issues, I primarily focus on Turkey, Italy, the United Kingdom, and other European countries. I believe in methodological pluralism, and try to combine quasi-experimental methods for the identification of causal relationships with qualitative evidence, exploratory analytical tools, and GIS.

Areas of expertise
  • Politics of territorial development
  • Geographies of individual attitudes and political discontent

  • Territorial governance/institutions and policy delivery

Work experience

Academic

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.

I previously was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and at the Gran Sasso Science Institute.

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.

Non-academic

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).