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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Dr. Davide Luca's research explores the links between power, place, and public policy. It is interdisciplinary, cutting across Economic Geography, Public Policy, and Political Economy.

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 Dr Davide Luca 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), where he is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Middle East Centre.

Dr Davide Luca'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 PhD Dissertation Prize and the 2014 G. Atalık Prize.

He is accepting applications for PhD students and is available for consultancy.


Regional inequality and the geographies of political discontent. 

The politics of local and regional development.

Organised crime, local governance, and public policy delivery.

Teaching and Supervisions


Paper 7 - Regional Economics and Policy

EP08 - Comparative Environmental Policy

Lecturer in Applied Economics
By-Fellow, Churchill College
Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics
Dr Davide  Luca


Person keywords: 
Public Policy
Public Engagement