I hold a Joint PhD in Aesthetics and Urban Planning (Paris 8 / Rome La Sapienza) and have a background in development economics and international cooperation.
The interests I cultivated both inside and outside academia are at the intersection of urban theory, economics and philosophy. 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 now in the process of writing a book that develops the arguments of this work by looking at how the so-called creative industries are transforming London's 'cultural quarters'.
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 worked 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 a series of local programmes to make the local economy, its creative industries and tech sectors, more equal and inclusive.
I worked as sub-contractor for United Cities and Local Government GOLD VI Report - Chapter on Commoning.