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Emanuele Sessa

Emanuele Sessa is a Junior Researcher holding a master in International Development Studies with honours from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). His thesis analysed the role of private consultants in the European Neighbourhood Policy in light of the existing and forthcoming challenges the European Union faces in the political and economic relations with its Eastern neighbours. He had previously obtained a double bachelor in Economics and Geography from the Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne and completed a high-level training course on geo-statistics organised by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). His essay on the spread of horizontal information fluxes and related changes in the choice architecture of economic agents was singled out as one of the top contributions in the French contest “Inventez 2020”, promoted in the frame of the 2013 Economics Meeting of Aix-en-Provence, which he attended as guest.

Emanuele started his professional career in development cooperation assisting the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) in the implementation of the 2011 Population and Housing Census, acquiring substantial knowledge in cartographic tools and geographic information systems. He then worked as Junior Analyst for DevStat – a statistical consulting company providing technical assistance to national statistical institutes and supranational organisations – supporting senior consultants in the management and implementation of international projects and engaging in the development of business opportunities. He recently acted as Field Assistant for projects supporting the Ukrainian Government in the preparation of its regional development policy and the Moldovan National Bureau of Statistics in the production and dissemination of regional statistics.

Passionate about geography and advocate of multidisciplinary research, Emanuele’s interests range from spatial and development economics to political geography and anthropology, including information and behavioural science. He travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Mediterranean basin – with a special focus on the Balkans – and is fluent in Italian, French, English and Spanish.