Luca Bellodi is a PhD candidate at the UCL's School of Public Policy (2017-2020). He completed his studies in Political Science at the LUISS Guido Carli University (Rome) and at the University of Essex (Erasmus programme). Prior to joining UCL, he was a policy analyst at TRT Trasporti e Territorio (Milan), a consultancy dedicated to transport planning and economics.
Luca is the founder and coordinator of the Public Policy Research Network (PPRN), an inter-university platform which aims to foster methodological training, cooperation, and debate between doctoral students working on the broad field of public policy and political economy.
His research focuses on bureaucratic influence over politicians and legislation. In particular, he investigates the influence of independent regulatory authorities on the liberalisation of the railway industry in Europe. In his thesis, Luca employs a multi-method strategy that integrates multilevel modelling, case-study research, and mediation analysis. He is further interested in political economy, executive politics, and comparative politics