Luca is Professor of Urban Innovation at the Business School of Edinburgh Napier University, in which he is leading the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Subject Group. Luca is also Professor of Urban Innovation at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), where he is collaborating in delivering the €32 million Horizon 2020 smart city project FinEst Twins and the €1.3 million smart city pilot project GreenTwins.
With multidisciplinary research that connects urban studies to computer science and innovation studies, Luca has been contributing to advancing theory and practice in the field of smart city transitions. His work has been published in top academic journals, such as Journal of Urban Technology, Journal of Cleaner Production, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Cities, Government Information Quarterly, and Regional Studies. Luca has also contributed to generating more than €40 million through research and consultancy projects, mainly supported via European funding schemes (7FP, H2020, EAFRD), and he has worked as an academic consultant for the European Commission, United Nations, and CAF - Development Bank of Latin America.
In addition, Luca serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Urban Technology and IET Smart Cities, and he has been invited to edit Special Issues on smart city transitions for Organization Studies, Regional Studies, Journal of Urban Technology, Technology in Society, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, and Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal.