Rocco is a post-doctoral researcher at the CSAE in the Department of Economics and at the Oxford Martin School, at the University of Oxford. He is affiliated to Somerville College as a Fulford Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow (2023-2025). Rocco is the Editor of the CSAE Working Papers series.
Rocco's research focuses on social protection and labour markets. In his current work, he is using experimental methods to study the potential to leverage innovations in the design and delivery of social protection systems to increase household resilience to poverty and to extreme climate events such as floods and droughts. In the past, he has researched labour markets, inequality, poverty alleviation, poverty dynamics, and social stratification, using a variety of methods, including longitudinal surveys, field experiments, qualitative studies, and behavioural lab experiments.