School of Social and Political Science

Fabio Battaglia

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PhD title: To GDP or not to GDP? Identifying the factors that promote and inhibit the use and influence of measures of progress and well-being in Scottish and Italian policy-making

Fabio Battaglia

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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 2017-18 and 2018-19 and the current SGSSS/DTP Students' Representative. I am also the drummer of The Holyrooders, a Scottish meditative 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 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.


  • Senior Tutor on Rethinking the Financial Crisis (2018-19, 2019-20).

Other Relevant Work Experience

  • Research Intern for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (2019)

  • Research Assistant for d|part (2018)

  • Online Teaching Assistant on a Social Wellbeing course on FutureLearn (2018)

Prizes and Awards

  • First Place Prize and Joint People’s Choice Award (School Heats), People’s Choice Award (College Heats) - 3MinuteThesis Competition, 2018-19, The University of Edinburgh.

  • Principal's Go Abroud Fund recipient (300£), 2017-18.

  • PhD Research Support Fund recipient (1.500£ in total), 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20.


  • To GDP or not to GDP? @ Edinburgh University International Development Association (February, 2020).

  • To GDP or not to GDP? @ Scottish Economics Conference (February, 2019).

  • Scotland: Happier or Richer? @ Explorathon (September, 2018).

  • To GDP or not to GDP? @ TEDxUniversity of Edinburgh Student Speaker Choice Awards 2017 (November, 2017).


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

Research interests

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

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