Conserva, Nicolas


In Progress

Email Address


Comparative Politics


Public Policy


Dan Breznitz

Conserva, Nicolas


The Politics of Regional Innovation


Nicolas is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto and a fellow of the Innovation Policy Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs. His research is funded by the Lupina Foundation Social Innovation Lab and it explores the politics of regional innovation in the European Union, with a specific focus on Italian regions. He also works with Prof. Dan Breznitz and the University of Turin to discover the factors that allow regions to remain innovative over time. Nicolas was born and raised in Italy and moved to Canada to pursue his doctoral degree. Previously, he worked for three years as a policy consultant and collaborated with NGOs across Eastern European countries on projects of social inclusion. He holds a MA in European Studies (2013, summa cum laude) and BA in International Relations (2010, summa cum laude) from the University of Bari Aldo Moro.


Bathelt, Harald and Conserva, Nicolas (forthcoming): Globalization and Industrial Change in Italian Industrial Districts. J. Glackler et al. (eds.), Knowledge and Institutions. Knowledge and Space: Vol. 13. Berlin: Springer

Research Interests

Innovation and Industrial Policy, Regional Economics, Political Economy, European Politics and Policy

Previous Degrees

MA (summa cum laude, 2013) in European Studies, University of Bari Aldo Moro
BA (summa cum laude, 2010) in Political Science and International Relations, University of Bari Aldo Moro

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant:
GLA1004H Global Policy Analysis (Master of Global Affairs, 2017-2018)
POL207Y Politics in Europe (2015-2017)
POL222H Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning (2016-2017)
POL359Y Eastern European Enlargement (2014-2015)
POL372H Political Economy of Germany and the EU (2014-2015)
POL371H The Spatial Construction of the Political Economy (2014-2015)

Guest Lectures:
POL359Y “The Institutions of the European Union”
POL359Y “The Collapse of Yugoslavia and the Idea of Yugosphere”