Current Position (since March 2021)
Lecturer of Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University
Senior Research Associate, Urban Innovation Policy (Unity) Lab, Edinburgh Napier University


  • PhD in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy (no corrections), Northumbria University (2015-2019)
  • MSc in Business and Economics (summa cum laude), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (2010-2012)
  • BSc in Management (summa cum laude), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano (2007-2010)

Professional experience

  • Lecturer of Digital Entrepreneurship, Northumbria University (June 2018 – March 2021)
  • Associate Lecturer, Northumbria University (January 2017 – June 2018)
  • Economic advisor to an Executive Member of the Board, Autorità Garante nelle Comunicazioni (June 2014 – September 2015)
  • Regulatory analyst, Fastweb (June 2013- June 2014)

Fellowships and Memberships

  • Member and social media manager of the International Telecommunications Society
  • Member of the Regional Studies Association (RSA)
  • Member of the Internet Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research and consultancy projects

  • Mapping inequalities in smart places, British Academy and Accademia dei Lincei, Principal investigator, Overall value: £4,985.96.
  • Smart City Governance: A Global Investigation, United Nations (UN-Habitat) and CAF (Development Bank of Latin America), Co-Investigator, Overall value: $15,000.
  • Unlocking the local embeddedness of rural social enterprise in Volyn region of Ukraine, House of Europe, Co-investigator, Overall value: €4,847.50.
  • Lifetime: Addressing gendered issues in digital wellbeing and work-life management, ESRC Accelerating Business Collaboration, Co-investigator, Overall value: £6,498.
  • Supporting rural communities through ICT: Healthcare, the environment and agriculture, TELUS Communications Inc. (Canada), Co-investigator, Overall value: £9,000.

Grants and awards

  • EEUK Richard Beresford Bursary, Fully-funded training on prototyping for digital experiences, Total award: £200
  • Pacific Telecommunications Council Young Scholar Programme, travel grant and bursary, Total award: $2,500
  • International Telecommunications Society PhD Seminar, Travel grant and conference fee waiver, Total award: €650
  • Northumbria University PhD Scholarship, Total award: £43,000

Invited Talks

  • Digital Innovation in SMEs, Bandung Institute of Technology, (10th August 2021)
  • The regulation of electronic communications, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (23rd October 2018)
  • The state of rural broadband in Europe, Agriconnect, Perugia (30th November 2017)

Editorial activity
Reviewer for Telecommunications Policy, IEEE Technology & Engineering Management Society, Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance