Rocco is a DPhil candidate at the Oxford Department of International Development, having returned to the department after graduating from Oxford in 2018 with an MPhil in Development Studies. He also holds a BA (Hons) in Economic History and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Cape Town.
Rocco has worked as a researcher for the Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town since 2016. His previous experience also includes consulting work for the World Bank (2017-2018) and a visiting appointment at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies in Hamburg (2018).
Rocco's research interests are regionally focused on South Africa, where he studies poverty, inequality and labour markets. He is currently pursuing an interest in using experimental methods to investigate policies to improve youth employment outcomes in South Africa.