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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Fabio Battaglia

Fabio Battaglia
Fabio Battaglia
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Quality of Life, Well-being, Economic Growth and Quality of Life, The Politics and Philosophy of Wellbeing, Democracy and Social Indicators, The Philosophy of Taxation, The Philosophy of Citizenship and Statehood

PhD Title

To GDP or not to GDP? Identifying the barriers to the use and influence of measures of progress and well-being in Scottish and Italian policy-making.

About me

I am a third-year Social Policy PhD student from Rome, Italy working on the politics of well-being under the supervision of Elke Heins and Neil Thin. I am the current PGR Representative of all PhD students at the University of Edinburgh, a role that I also held in 2017/2018, and the current SGSSS/DTP Student Representative. I am also the drummer of The Holyrooders, a Scottish rock band. 

I can speak English, Italian, Spanish and, after drinking some wine, I can manage to have small talks in French and Swedish as well (skål!).

Reports and Conference Papers

  • Measuring the uptake of measures of progress and well-being in Scottish and Italian media outlets. Paper to be presented at the 17th ISQOLS Annual Meeting.
  • ‘Valore della natura per il benessere’ (tr. The importance of nature for human well-being) in Benessere e natura: città verdi a misura di bambino edited by AIQUAV and WWF Italy.
  • Whose Well-Being? On The Right To Define Well-Being. Paper presented at the 16th ISQOLS Annual Meeting.
  • A Comparative Sentiment Analysis of Internet Users’ Interests in Quality of Life and Economic Growth (with E. Plata and G. Stefanini). Paper presented at the IV AIQUAV Conference.
  • The Importance of Social Indicators For Democracy and The Importance of Democracy For Social Indicators. Paper presented at the IV AIQUAV Conference.


Fabio Battaglia (2019). Report on Faith-Based Organisations and Civic Engagement in Europe. In Rupert Graf Strachwitz (Editor), Religious Communities and Civil Society in Europe, Volume I: Analyses and Perspectives on a Complex Interplay (pp. 247–310). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.


To GDP or not to GDP? @ Scottish Economics Conference (February, 2019).
Scotland: Happier or Richer? @ Explorathon (September 29, 2018).
To GDP or not to GDP? @ TEDxUniversity of Edinburgh Student Speaker Choice Awards 2017 (November 20, 2017).



MSc in EU Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
BSc in Political Science and International Relations, LUISS Guido Carli University