I hold a Joint PhD in Art and Technology (Paris 8) and Urban Planning (Rome La Sapienza) and have a background in development economics and international cooperation.
My interests are at the intersection of critical urban theory and economic 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.
I am writing a book that develops the arguments of this research by providing a new understanding of the role of cultural and creative industries in the hi-tech economies of cities.
My research interests fall within two themes:
Inequalities, urbanisation and global development
Technological innovation and the cultural and creative industries.
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).
Contribution to Policy
I am working with the London-based think tank Autonomy on a study to address spatial inequalities of night-time workers in the UK.
I am an ECR mentor for 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 work as economist for VibeLab/GIZ research project Cultural and creative industries - drivers of development. The research analyses the Music, Fashion, and Design industries in Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Senegal, South Africa.
I am collaborating with The London Borough of Islington's Inclusive Economy Team on local programmes to make the local economy, its creative industries and tech sectors, more equal and inclusive.
I worked for United Cities and Local Government on the next GOLD VI Report - Chapter on Commoning.