Michele Zampa

Michele ZAMPA

PhD Researcher in International History and Politics
Research Fellow, Centre for Finance and Development
Spoken languages
English, Italian, French
Areas of expertise
  • Banking and financial history
  • Economic History
  • Development Economics
  • Government Finance
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Italy
  • Europe

PhD Thesis

Title: Big Lender or Big Spender? The Role of the Cassa per il Mezzogiorno in the Development of Southern Italy

PhD Supervisor: Rui Esteves, Nathan Sussman

Research Page

PhD Completion Date: 2025



My research focuses on state intervention in the economy and the interaction between state finance and political regimes. Specifically, I am looking at the impact of development banking on the Southern Italian economy throughout the second half of the 20th century. In general, I am interested in the historical development of financial architecture, institutional economics and history, development finance and banking history. Subsequently, my work lies at the intersection of economics and history, and my research approach is based on a conjunction of quantitative techniques and historical methods.

I have received my Bachelor in History and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University in Montreal (Canada), and my Master in International History from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies with a strong focus on financial history in Geneva (Switzerland). I am fluent in Italian and English, read in French and Spanish and have a basic knowledge of Arabic.


Research Interests


  • Financial Architecture

  • Banking History

  • Government Finance

  • Development Economics

  • Italian Economic History


Fellowships, Grants and Awards


  • SNSF: Doc.CH Scholarship (2021-2025) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation

  • Foundation Pierre Du Bois Doctoral Workshop Grant 

  • The Graduate Institute Excellence Scholarship