Francesco is specialised in moral and political philosophy, phenomenology, and history of philosophy. Since the completion of his doctorate in 2012, he has held several research fellowships at the University of Milan, the Czech Academy of Sciences, and the University of the West of England. Before joining UWE Philosophy in 2017, he worked for two years as a postdoctoral scholar at the Husserl Archives at KU Leuven (Belgium). He wrote a monograph, The Risk of Freedom, on the political phenomenology of Czech philosopher Jan Patočka, and published a series of articles and book chapters on related themes. He is currently working on a research project concerning the idea of political solidarity within the European frame.