Luca is Professor of Urban Innovation at The Business School of Edinburgh Napier University, where he is also Head of Subject Group (Entrepreneurship and Innovation).
Luca has also been appointed Professor of Urban Innovation at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), where he is collaborating in delivering the €32 million Horizon 2020 project FinEst Twins and GreenTwins, a €1.3 million smart city project project.
Over the course of his professional career, Luca has committed himself to improving our understading of urban and regional innovation processes in the digital era, in particular sustainable smart city transitions. His research is interdisciplinary in nature and links urban studies, innovation studies and computer science.
Luca has a sustained track-record of producing high-quality publication outputs and has contributed to the delivery of several research and consultancy projects, mainly supported by EU funding schemes (7FP, Horizon 2020), with an overall University income generation of approximately €16 millions. 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 where technology boosts urban sustainability.