Matteo is a development economist graduated at the faculty of economics of Rome la Sapienza with a thesis on “Sub-Saharan African Oil Exporting Countries: Uganda’s Case Study.” Then he worked for the World Food Programme in Uganda as Programme Officer in charge of all safety nets and resilience programmes in Karamoja.
This experience inspired his PhD research at the IDS on: what are causes and drivers of socioeconomic differentiation in the village of Lojom (in Karamoja north-eastern region of Uganda)?
Matteo argues that the transition from traditional livelihoods centred on mobile livestock-keeping to a more diversified set of economic activities and livelihoods has introduced new dynamics in class relations. The newly established relations of production among classes have polarized the inhabitants of Lojom into a handful of ‘elite’ families and a majority of destitute families.
Due to his extensive knowledge on Karamoja region, during his fieldwork between 2012 and 2014, he conducted two consultancies: firstly he was hired by the ODI as a Lead researcher in Karamoja for the ODI ethnographic study on ‘Transforming Cash Transfers’ analysing the implication of cash transfer programmes on community dynamics in post-conflict contexts; and secondly, he was hired again by the WFP Policy Unit in Rome to conduct a pilot project on WFP Operations Series for which he conducted a historical review of WFP operations in Uganda since 1964.
Overall, his research interests include livelihoods, food security, agrarian change, migration, resilience and social protection mechanisms in Sub-Saharan Africa. At IDS he is a member of the Resource Politics cluster group.