Francesca Pia Vantaggiato, Ph.D.

University of California, Davis

Country: Italy

About Me:

I completed my PhD in Politics at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) in December 2017.In January 2018, I started my post-doc at UC Davis, in California, at the Centre for Environmental Policy and Behavior, within the Environmental Science and Policy Department. 

Research Interests

Public Policy


Energy And Climate Policy

Environmental Policy

Networks And Politics

Specific Areas of Interest

Network Analysis


European Union

My Research:

I am interested in how policy-makers, administrators, and/or regulators collaborate, both informally and within formal policy venues, across countries and/or across levels of governance and how their collaboration affects both policy and themselves, as institutions and as individuals.  I am particularly fascinated by interdependence and its unintended consequences. Thus far, I have studied these topics mostly in the EU and US contexts. However, I have already begun expanding my research gaze to emerging markets and developing countries.I am also very interested in methods, both quantitative and qualitative. My main expertise is in quantitative network analysis, process-tracing, survey design and elite interviewing. I am familiar with many other research methods, such as regression models, survival models, but also Agent Based Modeling and GIS.