Born in Rome, Italy; 22.05.1978.
Post-Doc Researcher in Regional and Urban Economics at Politecnico di Milano.
Guest researcher in Regional and Urban Economics at VU University Amsterdam.
PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering obtained at Politecnico di Milano in 2010 (The dissertation has been awarded the Merit Prize of the EU Committee of the Regions Prize for the Best Doctoral Dissertation and Diploma d’Onore AISRe for the best doctoral dissertation in Regional Science “Giorgio Leonardi” 2010).
Master’s degree and Bachelor’s Degree both in Economics at Bocconi University in Milan (2005 and 2003, respectively).
Member of the Italian Regional Science Association (AISRe), European Regional Science Association (ERSA) and American Economic Association (AEA).
He has published on various international refereed Journals such as Applied Economics, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, Studia Regionalia, and the Journal of Urban Technology.
January 2007-25 February 2010: Politecnico di Milano (IT). PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering.
January-July 2008; September-November 2009; February 2011-February 2012: Visiting researcher at the Spatial Economics Department, VU University Amsterdam.
June 2005: Master in Economics, Università Bocconi, Milan (IT). Dissertation: "Returns to education: endogeneity in the regressors, identification, instrumental variables".
March 2003: BA in Economics, Università Bocconi, Milan (IT). Dissertation in econometric history.
Articles on refereed journals
“Smart cities in Europe”, Journal of Urban Technology, forthcoming (joint with Chiara Del Bo and Peter Nijkamp).
“The impact of regional absorptive capacity on spatial knowledge spillovers”, Applied Economics, forthcoming (joint with Peter Nijkamp), First published on: 23 February 2011 (iFirst). DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2010.539549.
“Determinants of spatial knowledge spillovers in Italian provinces”, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 45 (1): 28-37 (2011) (joint with Chiara Del Bo).
“Social capital as a catalyst for regional knowledge”, Studies in Regional Science, forthcoming in Issue 40 (joint with Roberta Capello and Peter Nijkamp).
“Territorial capital and regional growth: increasing returns in knowledge use”, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, forthcoming (joint with Roberta Capello and Peter Nijkamp). DOI:10.1111/j.1467-9663.2010.00613.x.
“Endogenous regional growth: the role of human and cognitive capital", Studia Regionalia, 23 (2), 9-23 (2009) (joint with Peter Nijkamp).
Chapters on refereed books
“An advanced Triple-Helix network model for smart cities performance”, in O. Yalciner Ercoskun (ed.), “Green and ecological technologies for urban planning: creating smart cities”, Hershey (PA): IGI Global (with C. Del Bo, S. Giordano, M. Deakin, K. Kourtit, P. Lombardi, P. Nijkamp).
“L'Impatto della capacita di assorbimento delle regioni sugli spillover spaziali di conoscenza: Una rivisitazione del modello di Cohen e Levinthal”, in A. Bramanti and C. Salone (eds.), “Lo sviluppo territoriale nell'economia della conoscenza: teorie, attori, strategie” (pp. 147-166). Milan (IT): Franco Angeli (Joint with Peter Nijkamp).
“Territorial capital and regional growth: increasing returns in cognitive knowledge use”, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 09-059/3 (2009) Tinbergen Institute (joint with Roberta Capello and Peter Nijkamp).
“Smart cities in Europe”, VU University Amsterdam Research Memorandum 2009-48 (joint with Chiara Del Bo and Peter Nijkamp).
“The impact of regional absorptive capacity on spatial knowledge spillovers”, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 08-119/3, Tinbergen Institute (joint with Peter Nijkamp).
“Smart cities in Europe”, Proceedings of the 3rd Central European Conference in Regional Science, pp. 45-59 (joint with Chiara Del Bo and Peter Nijkamp) (invited article).
Currently working on soft determinants of regional productivity growth, different forms of proximity as channels of transmission of knowledge spillovers, smart urban development.
Other professional activities
Member of the Italian Association of Regional Science (AISRe), European Regional Science Association (ERSA) and American Economic Association (AEA).
Referee for Regional Studies, Applied Economics, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, Scienze Regionali- The Italian Journal of Regional Science.
September 2005-Today: TA for the courses Urban Economics 1; Urban Economics 2; Economic assessments of urban transformations and policies; European urban economics and policies; Territorial economic analysis.
International research activity
Member of the research team on ESPON Applied Research KIT “Knowledge, Innovation, Territory”.
Member of the research team on ESPON Targeted Analysis POLYCE “Metropolisation and Polycentric Development in Central Europe”.
Member of the research team on ESPON project 4.1.3 Feasibility study on monitoring territorial development based on ESPON key indicators“.
Member of the research team on ESPON project 3.2 “Scenarios on the territorial future of Europe”.
Member of the research team on “Knowledge economy, economic transformations and ICT in the EU25+: regional dynamics in the deployment phase”, The economic and social research institute, Dublin.
Research for Italian entities
Italian National Research Council (CNR) fellowship for young researchers, Research program on “Territorial identity as a factor of integration”. Title of the winning project : “Competitiveness and regional disparities in the EU-27”.
Member of the research team on “Human capital and professional competencies in the province of Trento”.
Member of the research team on “Macroeconomic territorial scenarios”. Report on the role and relative positioning of Lombardy in Italy and Europe in the next 20 years, for the ADAI-Federmanager in Varese.
December 2010: Merit prize of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union for the doctoral thesis competition “Local and regional authorities in the European Union”.
June 2010: Diploma of honor (runner-up) in the Giorgio Leonardi Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation in the academic year 2009-2010 (Italian Association of Regional Science - AISRe).