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Francesco Leoni

Francesco Leoni works as a researcher and designer for the Politecnico di Milano. 

Since 2018 he has been a PhD student (XXXIV cycle) with an interdisciplinary scholarship, supported by the PhD School in Design and the PhD School in Urban Planning, Design and Policy.

His doctoral research belongs to the field of design for policy, investigating, through this perspective, the use of non-traditional data in the public sector and its impact on policymaking. In this investigation, his doctoral research combines contemporary perspectives on socio-technical phenomena (datafication and the data revolution) with theories of policymaking, understood as a process of knowledge construction and learning of the public subject.

His interest in these research topics started during his university studies and developed throughout his subsequent professional activity at the Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano. After her three-year degree in Industrial Design and Visual Communication (focused on graphic and visual design) at the Iuav University of Venice, in 2015 she obtained her Master's Degree in Communication at the Politecnico di Milano with a thesis entitled "Design Innovation and Data Visualization for the participatory design of policy" (supervisor prof. Stefano Maffei, co-rapporteur prof. Paolo Ciuccarelli).

Since 2016 he has been on the permanent staff of the research groups Design Policy Lab and Polifactory (Department of Design). As part of these groups he worked in research projects funded at European level, with subjects such as DG Enterprise and Industry, Joint Research Centre EU Policy Lab and EIT Food, local and regional governmental bodies in Italy (Municipality of Milan, Lombardy Region), private companies (Sanofi Genzyme) and the third sector (Caritas).

In this working path, he has carried out tasks related to the communication and dissemination of research, designing and developing digital maps, info-visualizations, graphic-visual communication elements. He has also developed research skills on research methodologies and data analysis, scientific writing, tender writing, teaching activities, organisation of seminars, lectures and co-design.

He has worked as a didactic tutor for the School of Design of the Politecnico di Milano and as a lecturer for the consortium.

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