Davide Luca





I am a Research Associate at Cambridge University, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, and a Fellow at Churchill College. I am also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and previously was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.  


My research explores the politics of local and regional development, with an emphasis on regional inequality and its political implications, distributive politics, and local governance. My work cuts across Geography, Political Economy, and Public Policy. I try to answer questions such as: What are the political consequences of the deep spatial inequalities that have been opening up across many advanced economies, and what can policy-makers do about it? What are the geographical effects of electoral politics on government spending decisions? Do territorial governance and 'perverse institutions' such as organized crime affect policy delivery?    


My PhD thesis was awarded the 2016 Italian Regional Science Association's G. Leonardi Best Doctoral Dissertation Prize. In the past I worked for the European Commission, and consulted for the European Parliament.