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I am a behavioural economist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Accounting, Economics, and Finance, where I teach behavioural economics and public policies and where I am actively involved in a number of research projects. In addition to my teaching and research activities, I am a member of the Faculty's Athena SWAN SAT and Ethics Committee.

As part of the Athena Swan SAT, I have been actively involved in establishing initiatives aimed at increasing the representation of women in Economics. These initiatives include a 'Women in Economics Network' serving as a mentoring platform for women economics students and an outreach program targeting underrepresented groups in economics under the 'Discover Economics' banner from the Royal Economics Society.

I am a well-established researcher in behavioral economics, and I use experimental methods and econometric techniques to explore a number of hugely relevant issues such as gender representation in organisations, fairness of institutions, and public goods provision. I published the findings from my research in high-quality international journals such as Public Administration Review, Experimental Economics, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Public Choice, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.


I hold a PhD in Economics from the University of East Anglia, a MSc in Economics from the University of Siena (Italy), and a BSc in Economics from the University of Bologna (Italy). Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth, I was Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Germany. Before that, I had been Research Associate at the Centre for Reasoning, University of Kent. In autumn 2019 I was granted research leave, during which I visited the University of Southampton. 

Research Interests

Current research projects are:

Other projects focus on fair institutions for the provision of NIMBY projects and on gender discrimination in financial settings.

Ph.D. supervision

I am happy to discuss ideas in any area of behavioral economics, but especially topics related to gender representation, diversity, and inclusion.

Teaching Responsibilities

My teaching is research-informed, with a specialisation in behavioral economics, public policies, and topics in economics and psychology.

Current modules:

  • Psychology and Altruism in Economics and Finance – L5 (teaching and coordination)
  • Behavioural Economics and Game Theory – L5 (teaching)
  • Labour Markets and Public Policies – L6 (teaching)
  • Economics – L4 (teaching)

I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and PhD research.

Media Availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research, and I am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me at [email protected] or on +44 23 9284 4270.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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