The call for applications to Urbeur is now open!

The call for admission to the 37th cycle of PhD Programmes at the University of Milano-Bicocca a.y. 2021/2022 is now online.

Find out how to apply for the PhD Programme in Urbeur-Urban Studies of the
Department of Sociology and Social Research at the following link:



Deadline: June 16, 2021 at noon (italian time)


Presentazione del volume “Centri e periferie”

Urbeur segnala la presentazione del volume: “Centri e periferie. Europa, Italia, mezzogiorno dal XX al XXI secolo” di Gianfranco Viesti, Università di Bari

La presentazione si terrà il 27 maggio, dalle 10:00 alle 12:00.
L’autore ne discute con:
Filippo Barbera, Lavinia Bifulco, Ugo Rossi.
Coordina: Marianna d’Ovidio.
Per registrarsi e ottenere il link:

Presentazione del volume “Ricomporre i divari”

Segnaliamo la presentazione del volume: “Ricomporre i divari. Politiche e progetti territoriali contro le disuguaglianze e per la transizione ecologica”

La presentazione si terrà il 18 maggio 2021 dalle ore 15.30 sulla piattaforma WebEx ed è organizzata dal working group ‘Aree interne e spazi rurali’, dell’Institute for Advanced Study of Social Science (IASSC), Dipartimento di Sociologia e ricerca sociale dell’Università di Milano-Bicocca. Il link per partecipare è il seguente

Di seguito la locandina disponibile per il download.

Congratulations to Elena and Oscar!

On the 30th of April 2021, the PhD Candidates Elena Colli and Oscar Luigi Azzimonti, from the XXXIII cycle, have successfully defended their doctoral theses.

Elena’s thesis is titled “Towards a sustainable mobility transition? A cohort approach for Millennials and Baby Boomers in Europe” and its purpose is to understand if and how the Millennial generation is contributing to a transition towards more sustainable travel behaviours in Europe. The study uses a comparative approach on a cohort and territorial basis: the methods include secondary analysis of EU-wide datasets with descriptive, regression and geographic analysis, plus a series of focus groups carried out throughout the Italian territory.

Oscar discussed the thesis titled “Trajectories of greening. The distribution, generation and articulation of ecosystem services in the metropolitan areas of Milan and Brussels”. It looks at the socio-territorial distribution of green spaces and of some relevant ecosystem functions in two European metropolitan contexts. Furthermore, it investigates the governance of green planning and management and how it affects the forms of greening and the provision of ecosystem services.

Congratulations to Elena and Oscar on this important achievement!

New article: Covid-19 and the impact of inequalities

Urbeur suggests the article “Assessing the Impact of Individual Characteristics and Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Provinces of Milan and Lodi” just published for the International Journal of Health Services.

Among the authors: David Consolazio, who received his PhD in Urbeur in February 2020, with a socio-epidemiological thesis on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus’ social and territorial inequalities in the City of Milan.

Link to full-article (open access):

The study of social and territorial inequalities in relation to health outcomes is not novel within social sciences, with several contributions aiming at exploring and quantifying the extent to which a specific disease or – more widely – health conditions follow a social gradient and/or present a spatial heterogeneity within specific contexts, such as the urban environment. Within this field, most of the literature has so far focused on chronic diseases, given their predominance over infectious diseases as the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, at least in medium- and high-income countries. Nonetheless, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic contributed to reshape the lens through which we observe the social realm and conduct research, yielding to adapt our theoretical foundations and methodological tools to the emergent dynamics. In public opinion, a common sense belief is that, differently from the case of chronic diseases, which are triggered by lifestyle factors unevenly distributed across social strata, the new virus may be by its nature more “democratic”, equally hitting individuals belonging to different social groups, as the virus spread regardless of social class. In this study, we aimed at testing these assumptions with proper data, within the specific framework of the Social Determinants of Health. Data for the analysis came from the Epidemiology Unit of the Agency for Health Protection of the Metropolitan City of Milan, which contributed to the define and develop the study. Analysing individual-records of swab-tested and symptomatic cases during the “Phase-1” in a territory including the municipalities at the origin of the first Italian outbreak, a
clear pattern of territorial inequalities emerged, with people living in the most-disadvantaged areas being at higher risk of COVID-19 infection. The results reached highlight the need to take into account the presence of socioeconomic disparities in the transmission of the disease to contain its spread in successive
waves and in possible future epidemics.

Urbeur Seminars: Lecture by Mimi Sheller

On thursday 11th March 2021, h. 16.00 – 18.00, Professor Mimi Sheller, Drexel University, USA is going to held an on online lecture titled “Pandemic (Im)mobilities, Mobility Disruptions and Low-Carbon Transitions”

The lecture is part of the Teaching Module “Mobility and Urban Change” organised within the Thematic Area “Cities, Territories and Policies”