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Biography

I am a PhD researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute Florence, and visiting PhD researcher at the Urban School, Sciences Po, Paris.  Besides, I am the teaching assistant for the policy design course at the School of Transnational Governance, Florence.

In my main research project, titled “Making public policy work: Neighbourhood effects, local networks and informality in contemporary Italy,” I investigate spatial variation in the effectiveness of development policy. That is, why do some places leverage development policy to thrive beyond the rosiest expectations, others build cathedrals in the desert, still others struggle to complete or even begin projects? To answer this question, I draw theoretical insights from economic geography, urban studies, and political science. Besides, I combine different methods for empirical analysis, including spatial data analysis, network analysis, and qualitative fieldwork. 

Before my PhD, I was the policy advisor for financial inclusion and capability at Her Majesty’s Treasury, London. I hold a master of research in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, a master of science in Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a bachelor of science in Political Science and Economics from University College London.