After finishing undergraduate and postgraduate studies in international relations at the London School of Economics in 2000, Luca Bader moved to Rome to take up the position of senior research fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs (IAI). His research at the IAI focused on the international economy, EU-US relations, and EU foreign policy.
In addition he has been a research fellow with the department of political science at the University of Milan.
In 2004, he began working for the European Democratic party in the European parliament, with responsibility for expanding the party's membership in Europe and developing relations with aligned political parties. At the same time, Luca was also appointed head of international relations of the Margherita party in Italy.
In 2007, he was appointed director of the Institute of European Democrats (IED), a thinktank based in Brussels.
Since 2008, Luca has advised the Partito Democratico (PD) on international affairs. He also writes regularly on international and EU affairs for a range of Italian publications.