I am a Research Associate at Cambridge University, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, and a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. I previously was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. I'm also affiliated to the Gran Sasso Science Institute.
My research explores the politics of local economic development, and how institutions affect public policy delivery at the local level. It cuts across Geography, Political Economy, and Public Policy. I try to answer questions such as: what are the effects of electoral politics on the territorial allocation of public resources? What are the local economic consequences of distributive politics? How does organized crime distort public policy at the subnational level? Does territorial governance affect local administrative efficiency?
My PhD thesis was awarded the 2016 Italian Regional Science Association's G. Leonardi Best Doctoral Dissertation Prize. In the past I worked for the European Commission, and consulted for the European Parliament.