I hold a Joint PhD in Art and Technology (Paris 8) and Urban Planning (Rome La Sapienza) and have a background in development economics. My doctoral dissertation on the electronic music industry analysed the links between night-time economies, urban space, and techno cultures in London and Detroit.
I am currently working on different publications focussing on the analysis of night-time economies and night work (see publications); and I am writing a book that develops the arguments of my doctoral research by providing a new understanding of the role of cultural and creative industries in the hi-tech economies of cities.
More broadly, my interests fall within two themes: 1) inequalities, urbanisation and global development; and 2) technological innovation and the cultural and creative industries.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Fairville Horizon Europe Project, 2023-2027
FairVille (Facing Inequalities and Democratic Challenges through Co-production in Cities) aims to address embedded urban inequalities and the challenge they pose to democracy in large cities and urban regions. Working across eight FairVille Labs - in Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Călărași, Dakar, Giza, London, Marseille and Paris - the project will assess the potential of deep co-production of research, data collection, knowledge production and action research, in redefining planning policy, service delivery and local democratic pacts.
Research Fellow, Autonomy UK
Research Fellow with the Urban Team at Autonomy UK and leading research on night-time work and economics.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NITE-HERA, 2022
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture/UCL Urban Lab. The project Night spaces: migration, culture, and integration in Europe (NITE) funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) focuses on eight European cities, to understand how night spaces are produced, imagined, experienced, and narrated by migrant communities in Europe.
Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, Cambridge, 2022
Researched the interrelation between night-time economies, night work and climate change.
Impact and Policy Engagement
Collaborator, Greater London Authority 24-hour team and London's Night Czar Amy Lamé.
Member of the Living Wage Foundation's steering group exploring the formulation of a night living wage for night workers in London's hospitality sector.
Member of The London Borough of Camden’s Evening & Night Time Economy Strategy Expert Advisory Group.
Economist, VibeLab/GIZ research project Cultural and creative industries - drivers of development. The research analysed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Music, Fashion, and Design industries in Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Senegal, South Africa.
Mentor, Creative Cities Challenge, a Global Innovation Collaborative initiative between Berlin, London, New York, and Paris to leverage collective innovation and recovery from Covid-19.
Collaborator, The London Borough of Islington's Inclusive Economy Team on programmes to make urban economies, its creative industries and tech sectors, more equal and inclusive.