Arianna is a Lecturer in Local Politics at the Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester. Before joining DMU in August 2016, she was a Researcher at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), University of Sheffield, and a Research Assistant for the White Rose Consortium for the North of England (www.wrcn.uk). Prior to this, she worked as a Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, and at Leeds Metropolitan University where she was awarded a PhD in Political Sociology in 2014.
Arianna is an Associate Fellow of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics at the University of Sheffield. She is an active member of the Political Studies Association, and the co-convener of its Italian Politics Specialist Group.
Arianna’s research focuses on focuses on issues relating to territorial politics, devolution and democracy in the UK, with a particular emphasis on the ‘English Question’ the case of the North of England. Currently, her work concentrates on the tensions between technocratic and democratic approaches to devolution in the context of the recent ‘Devo Deals’ and ‘Northern Powerhouse’ agenda, as well as on the link between territorial identity and devolution, especially in the North of England. She has written extensively on these topics, publishing in international academic journals.