Dr Luca Mora

BSc, MSc, PgCert, Double PhD, FHEA, FRSA


Luca is a cum-laude graduate of Politecnico di Milano, where he obtained a BSc degree in Science of Architecture, a MSc degreein Architecture and, in conjunction with Politecnico di Torino and Politecnico di Bari, a Double PhD Degree in: (1) Innovation Management and Product Development; (2) Design and Technology for Cultural Heritage. In addition, Luca holds a PgCert in Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice in Higher Education, awarded by Edinburgh Napier University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Regional Studies Association.


Luca joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2016, after working for 13 years at the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering of Politecnico di Milano, where he covered Research Fellow and Lecturer roles. He is currently working as a Lecturer in Urban Innovation Dynamics at The Business School of Edinburgh Napier University and a Research Affiliate of Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Smart Cities, which is head by Prof Mark Deakin. Luca has also been appointed as Visiting Professor by Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci, Paris, and is a Visiting Researcher at URENIO (Urban and Regional Innovation Research), the university laboratory that Prof Nicos Komninos is leading at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.


Over the course of his professional career, Luca has committed himself to improving the quality of knowledge production and dissemination processes related to urban and regional innovation management in the digital era. His research is interdisciplinary in nature and lies in the convergence space between urban studies, innovation studies and computer science. Luca’s main research interests include: urban and regional innovation dynamics; urban sustainability; smart city development projects and strategies; Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3); and strategic planning for smart cities and RIS3.


Luca is offering a strong support to the emerging scientific and technical developments of urban and regional innovation management. He has a sustained track-record of producing high-quality publication outputs and has contributed to generate an overall income of about €600,000 through research and consultancy projects, mainly supported by EU funding schemes (7thFramework Programme, Horizon 2020, Erasmus+). These projects have resulted in the production of new knowledge and innovative products and processes which are helping industry, government, universities and civil society to exploit their collective intelligence and generate the collaborate ecosystems required for developing smart environments that enable infrastructures and people to operate effectively.


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