Luca is Professor of Urban Innovation at The Business School of Edinburgh Napier University, where he is also Head of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Department.
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, EAFRD, H2020), with an overall income generation of approximately €40 millions. In the framework of these projects, Luca has been serving as academic consultant for many intergovernmental organizations such as European Commission, the Development Bank of Latin America, and United Nations.