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 four 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) explaining the extent to which heterogenous subnational development is influenced by electoral politics; (3) understanding how regional and urban/rural spatial divides affect individual attitudes and political discontent; (4) identifying how local public policy delivery is affected by local governance arrangements and ‘perverse institutions’.

To explore these issues, I primarily focus on Turkey, Italy, 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 aim to identify rigorous causal relationships, while others are more exploratory in nature.

Similarly, I believe in methodological pluralism and the idea that while qualitative and quantitative methods follow different styles and techniques, they are yet driven by a similar underlying logic of inference. As a consequence, I try to combine quantitative quasi-experimental methods with GIS and qualitative evidence.

Areas of expertise
  • Territorial inequality
  • Geographies of individual attitudes and political discontent

  • Politics of territorial development
  • 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).