Davide Luca



I hold a PhD in Economic Geography from the London School of Economics. I was a 2016/17 MEI Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I am now a Research Fellow in Applied Economics at the GSSI Institute for Advanced Studies.


My expertise lies at the intersection of Economic Geography, Comparative Political Economy, and Middle East Studies. My current research covers the politics of regional development in Turkey, as well as territorial governance and local development policies in the European Union.


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, as well as consulted for the European Parliament.


My research has been published in international journals such as World Development, the Journal of Development Studies, Environment & Planning C, and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society.