I am a Research Fellow in Applied Economics at the GSSI School for Advanced Studies (Italy), as well as a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, Middle East Centre. I previously was a MEI Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. I hold a PhD in Economic Geography from the London School of Economics.
My research cuts across Economic Geography, Political Economy, and Public Economics. I specialize in the politics of development, as well as in the links between territorial governance, institutions, and public service delivery. A secondary interest is the geography of financial inclusion.
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.
My research has been published in international journals such as the Journal of Economic Geography, World Development, the Journal of Development Studies, Environment & Planning C, and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society.