Position: Project Research Officer
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 8346
Areas of interest and expertise: devolution & constitutional change in the UK, the ‘English Question’, English regionalism, democracy, sustainable governance, ‘City Deals’, the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, territorial politics, EU politics & policy, ‘Brexit’, Italian politics.
Arianna joined SPERI as Project Research Officer in December 2015, having previously worked as a lecturer in politics at the University of Huddersfield and at Leeds Metropolitan University, where she completed her PhD in 2014. Her doctoral thesis critically analysed the case of England’s exclusion from the process of political devolution initiated by New Labour in 1997, using the failed attempt to set up directly elected regional assemblies in the North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humberside in 2004 as a lens through which to read the idiosyncrasies of the ‘English Question’.
Arianna’s work for SPERI focuses on giving support to a research project, developed in collaboration with FEPS and Policy Network and entitled ‘Diverging Capitalisms? Britain, the City of London and Europe’. In effect, this considers the changing nature of the British economy, its place within the European economic space and the consequences of a possible ‘Brexit’.
She will continue to pursue her research on devolution and constitutional change, with a continuing emphasis on the English Question and the particular case of northern England. She is interested in the tensions between technocratic and democratic approaches to devolution in the context of the current ‘City Deals’ and ‘Northern Powerhouse’ agenda, as well as the link between territorial identity and devolution, especially in the north of England.
Arianna remains as a research assistant for the White Rose Consortium for the North of England (until January 2016) and is an Associate Fellow of the Crick Centre at the University of Sheffield. She is a member of the Political Studies Association’s Britishness Group and co-convener of its Italian Politics Specialist Group.
Before moving to the UK, Arianna studied at the University of Urbino, Italy (MA/BA Hons in Political Sociology; Master’s in Territorial & Urban Politics and EU Policy). At the same institution, she also taught on Politics and Sociology undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and worked as a researcher at LaPolis (Centre for Political and Social Studies). She also conducted research for regional governments (Emilia-Romagna, Le Marche) and private sector institutions (ISFOL) in Italy.