Luca Messerschmidt is a PhD candidate at the Chair of International Relations at the Technical University of Munich.

Prior to his dissertation project, Luca studied at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen (BA in Politics, Administration and International Relations), the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Cambridge (MPhil in International Relations and Politics).

Luca is a principal investigator and co-founder of the CoronaNet Research Project and is managing director of the Munich Papers in Political Economy.

In his dissertation, 'Marginal Effects of FDI on (Dis-)Satisfaction with Government: Duration, Distance, and Education', Luca examines political and socio-economic consequences of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in developing countries. His research focuses on local growth and distributional effects and discovers the often-overseen elements of geographical proximity to and the duration since the investment. In the light of different local growth and inequality effects in local communities, the dissertation shall give insights into if and how FDI shapes individual attitudes towards and is leading to frustration as well as (dis)satisfaction with the government.

During his research stay at the Blavatnik School, Luca will strengthen the collaboration between the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) and the CoronaNet research project, which, together, provide the biggest hand-coded databases on government responses to the COVID-19 crisis. In order to allow researchers to benefit from both datasets at the same time, they are currently working on mapping the different public health and social measures (PHSM) taxonomies and developing mutual indices that rely on both datasets.

Luca co-founded the PHSM Network that brings PHSMs policy trackers, scholars, and policymakers the opportunity to network, exchange experiences, explore collaborative possibilities and reflect on lessons learned from collecting COVID-19 PHSMs with the aim of improving efforts to collect PHSM data not only for the current pandemic but also future ones.