Leonardo Pataccini is a Research fellow in the ERC project “GEOFIN” at Trinity College Dublin, and a researcher at the University of Latvia. He completed his PhD in Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The topic chosen for his thesis was the role of financial markets in the transition of the former centrally planned economies. To do this, he completed one-year research stay at the University of Latvia. After defending his thesis, he continued his career as a postdoctoral researcher at the Johan Skytte Institute for Political Studies at the University of Tartu, Estonia. His main research interests are economic and financial geography, international political economy, and post-socialist transitions in Central and Eastern Europe.