Andrea Vaccaro is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford and a Visiting Researcher at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, United Nations University (UNU-WIDER).
His research interests lie primarily at the crossroads between comparative politics and global development, with a particular focus on the links between the state, political regimes, and development outcomes, as well as pandemic policies, foreign aid, and measurement. His research has been published in internationally recognised academic journals such as European Political Science, Italian Political Science Review, Journal of International Development, and Quality and Quantity. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Insubria and taught a master’s level course in Theories and Policies of Economic Development at the Sapienza University of Rome.
Dr Vaccaro holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Helsinki, a master’s degree in Development and International Cooperation from the Sapienza University of Rome, and a PhD in Applied Social Sciences from the Sapienza University of Rome. The title of his PhD project was ‘On the Measurement of State Capacity: Quantitative Questions and Conceptual Considerations’. During his doctoral studies, he also spent time as a Visiting PhD Fellow at UNU-WIDER and as a Visiting PhD Researcher at the Quality of Government Institute, University of Gothenburg.