Niccolò is currently a Communication Officer at the EU Commission, working on education policy and the Eurydice Network in the Executive Agency for Audiovisuals, Culture and Education (EACEA). Before that, he was a Blue Book Trainee in the DG EAC. He also completed an internship at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin, where he focused on China’s economy and industrial policy. He earned an MSc in Public Policy from UCL after receiving his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts with a Major in Politics and a minor in History from King’s College London. His primary academic interests lie in the field of comparative politics, with a particular focus on China.
Both his undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation projects have dealt with issues relating to the way the Chinese state reacts and adapts to public pressure. More recently, Niccolò has been considering the effects of Chinese domestic dynamics on the country’s international policy. Alongside his teaching commitments, Niccolò has been actively contributing to both established and newly founded policy think tanks.
When he is not researching or teaching, he likes composing and playing the violin together with fellow musicians. Together with some friends, he co-hosts Jetlagged, a podcast on world affairs.
Languages: Italian, English, German, Chinese Mandarin, Spanish
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