Davide Luca





I am a quantitative geographer and, from April 2020, will take up the role of Assistant Professor at the University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economy. I'm also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and previously was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.  


My research focuses on the politics of development, with an emphasis on the political economy of regional inequality, distributive politics, and the economic geographies of organized crime. My work combines Economic Geography with Political Economy and Public Policy.


I try to answer questions such as: what are the political consequences of the deep spatial inequalities that have been opening up across many advanced economies, and what can policy-makers do about it? What are the geographical effects of electoral politics on government spending decisions? 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.


In the past I worked for the European Commission, and consulted for the European Parliament.