Michela is currently working on the Economics of Social Care Compendium (ESSENCE) continuation study at CPEC, which examines the economic case for adult social care interventions and is funded by NIHR School for Social Care Research. She is also acting as health economist for two other NIHR School for Social Care Research projects led by King's College London. The two projects look respectively at strengthening adult safeguarding responses to homelessness and self-neglect (as joint lead applicant) and social care responses to self-neglect and hoarding among older people.
Michela is co-applicant for the project Sustaining Locally Driven Social Care for Those Affected by Dementia: A Realist Evaluation of Successful Meeting Centres, which is funded by NIHR Research for Patient Benefit. She is currently leading a discrete choice experiments survey to measure willingness to pay for meeting centre provision.
Michela acts as health economics expert for the Value of Treatment Programme, an EU-based collaboration with a consortium of more than 40 European partner institutions (including LSE), led by the European Brain Council. The purpose of the programme is to identify treatment gaps, propose solutions, and measure the socioeconomic impacts impacts for a series of brain disorders. Michela is working with Martin Knapp on the economic case for closing treatment gaps for autism spectrum disorder.
Michela is also leading two LSE Innovation-funded projects looking at the development of new, person-centered technologies with applications in health and social care as well as in business.
Michela's research is primarily concerned with the performance evaluation of health and social care services in the community. In her work, she develops and applies cost and outcome performance measurements and evaluation to support person-centred care and inform policy and practice decision-making across settings.
Michela’s expertise is demonstrated by a track record of policy and academic publications, national and international conference presentations, and media contributions. Michela has taught and researched at University of Milan (Italy), University of Aberdeen (UK), University of Nicosia (Cyprus), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She has also acted as a health economist (at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) for the NICE guideline on constipation in children and young people and worked as an analyst for the Clinical Effectiveness Group of Queen Mary University of London. She is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Milan, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Michela has a PhD in Health Economics and Primary Care and an MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research from the University of Aberdeen, as well as an MSc in Pharmacoeconomics and a Professional Doctorate Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Milan, Italy.