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Mr. L. (Leo) Grassi MSc

PhD candidate Political and Economic Geographies
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
GPIO : Geographies of Globalizations
Photographer: Bastiaan Heus

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15629
    1001 NC Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    I have been working in Brussels as senior European affairs officer for almost twenty years now. Regional policy has been one of my main duties since beginning. Because of my work, I got familiar with the literature surrounding some of the most prominent theories on local and regional development which, in most cases, seemed ill-equipped to account for the complexity of the challenges at stake. Thus, I decided to turn into a greater commitment as researcher what I had been learning and working for such a long time. Earlier, I graduated in law with a dissertation on European administrative law. Most of my postgraduate education is in European and public policy. I was: Lecturer of public European policies at the University of Chieti (1993/1997); Teacher of public law and governance for ‘Formez PA’ of Naples (1996/1997); Teacher of public policy and social security for the ‘Centesimus Annus - Pro Pontifice Foundation’ of Rome (2003/2007). I published articles, including an essay on: ‘Federalism, administrative decentralization and social security’ (PQM n. II/2002).


    • EEG
    • GVC
    • GPN
    • embeddedness
    • upgrading
    • winenomenclatures
    • winetourism
  • Research

    Research methods

    • Qualitative analysis
    • Primary data
    • Case study

    Current reseach projects 

    'Low Growth' regions': The case of Abruzzo' | I look at the development challenges faced by what are referred to as the 'Low Growth' regions of the EU with the GPN framework.

  • Ancillary activities
    No ancillary activities