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 interests are at the intersection of critical urban theory and geography. This led to a doctoral dissertation on the electronic music industry, which analysed the links between night-time economies, urban space, and techno cultures in London and Detroit. Since 2020, I am working on different research outputs and publications that are mainly focused on the analysis night-time economies and work (see publications); and I am currently 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 (NITE-HERA)
I am currently working as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the 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.
Impact and contribution to policy
Following a study to build municipal strategies for nocturnal workers in collaboration with the think tank Autonomy, I collaborate with the Greater London Authority 24-hour team on a series of interventions for night-time workers.
I worked as economist for the VibeLab/GIZ research project Cultural and creative industries - drivers of development. The research analysed the impact of the pandemic on the Music, Fashion, and Design industries in Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Senegal, South Africa.
I worked as a mentor for the finalists of the Creative Cities Challenge, a Global Innovation Collaborative initiative between Berlin, London, New York, and Paris to leverage collective innovation and recovery from Covid-19.
I collaborated with 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.