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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Davide Luca

Dr Davide Luca

Lecturer in Applied Economics

By-Fellow, Churchill College

Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics


Davide's research combines Economic Geography, Political Economy, and Public Policy.

His work has been published in various international academic journals, including the Journal of Economic Geography, World Development, Regional Studies, the Journal of Development Studies, and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society.

Before joining Land Economy Davide was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, worked for the European Commission, and consulted for the European Parliament. He holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 

Davide's research was awarded the Quality of Government Institute 2018/19 Best Paper Award, the Regional Studies Association 2019 Best Conference Paper Award, the 2016 G. Leonardi Ph.D. Dissertation Prize and the 2014 G. Atalık Prize.

Davide is also a Visiting Fellow at LSE (Middle East Centre) as well as affiliated to the Gran Sasso Science Institute.

Research Interests

Regional inequality and the geographies of political discontent. 

Organised crime, territorial governance, and public policy.

The politics of local and regional development.


Public Policy ; Economics ; Public Engagement