Roberta Gallina is an urban sociologist that works in health promotion. She has two MA degree (Sociology and Health profession of preventive science). Her main interest research areas are: health inequalities and social determinant of health, urban health, Covid19 and pandemics.
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After a degree in sociology, Marco Nocente became increasingly interested in geography and the study of power. His research focuses on the relationships and communications that occur through prison walls. He analyse prisoners’ letters sent to a political collective which portrays the struggle between prison governmentality and the prisoners’ counter-conducts.
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Lema’s research interests are primarily in the area of informal economy with emphasis on street vendors and the power relations and imaginaries that rule this sector. She has a wide experience in mega projects in the Middle East, Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (VCU-USA), Bachelor of Architecture Engineering (JUST- Jordan) and Certified PMP.
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Carlos Manzano was born in El Salvador where he studied architecture. He has worked as a professor and researcher; he did master studies in International Cooperation in Spain and in Local Development in Italy. He has been involved in activism in housing, which is also his main research topic. Additionally, he is passionate about dancing, music and design.
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Daniel Delatin Rodrigues
Daniel Delatin Rodrigues graduated in social sciences in Brazil where he developed research on biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration in rural areas. Currently his interest focuses on socio-cultural and political aspects of the Anthropocene and responses to climate change in urban areas. He conducts field research in Milan-Italy on climate activism and climate urbanism.
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Anila Alushi, BA in “Sociology and Social Policy” from the University of Florence, and a MA in “Planning and Management of Social Policies and Services” from the University of Milan-Bicocca. Dealing with the question of transitions since the beginning of her research interest, she focuses mostly on topics such as the city and the urban, categories of regime, institutional change, transformations and interactions between different scales, contexts and modes of development, in specific, school-to-work transition policies, governance and territorial configurations.
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Caio Teixeira is a PhD Candidate in Urban Studies. His work emerges at the intersection of social movements, urban politics and radical housing-related studies, and debates on migration and integration.
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Sara Maani main academic studies include a B.A. in sculpture (Tehran University, Iran); B.A. and M.A. in architecture (Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy and RWTH university of Aachen, Germany); and post-graduate diploma in critical theory of society (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy). She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (2015-16), and at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA (2019-present). Her PhD dissertation titled refugee, agency, city is at the intersection of critical urban theories, racial capitalism, migration and organizing
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Oscar Luigi Azzimonti
Oscar got his PhD in 2021 with a thesis titled “Trajectories of greening. The distribution, generation and articulation of ecosystem services in the metropolitan areas of Milan and Brussels”. His main research interests are urban and territorial sustainable development, green infrastructures and ecosystem services, environmental justice and territorial inequalities.
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She got her PhD in 2021 discussing her thesis on sustainability transitions in mobility behaviour titled “Towards a sustainable mobility transition? A cohort approach for Millennials and Baby Boomers in Europe”. She mainly deals with urban environmental policies and has worked on urban agriculture (INRA, Politecnico di Milano), food policies & ageing (Fondazione Cariplo) & transport policies (SEI at York; JRC of the European Commission).
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Michael Gameli Dziwornu
Michael received his PhD in February 2021 with a thesis titled “Containerization of Urban Space: Implications for Spatial and Urban Transformation”. His thesis focused on theorizing the materiality of urban processes in the global south.
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David received his PhD in February 2020, with a socio-epidemiological thesis on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus’ social and territorial inequalities in the City of Milan. In 2018, he has been visiting scholar at the Department of Social Medicine of Maastricht University. His main research interests are the study of social and health inequalities, with particular attention to territorial dynamics.
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Jim received his PhD in February 2020 with a thesis titled Stepping Outside the Ivory Tower: The role of community-based research in transformation and social change, which focused on the role of action research and community development in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. He worked with and analysed the participatory techniques of Tesserae Urban Social Research, a private research group based in Berlin, and Mapping San Siro, a research group from the Politecnico of Milan.
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She got the PhD with full marks with honours in November 2020 with the thesis “URBAN REMUNICIPALISATION OF WATER SERVICES. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE NEAPOLITAN AND PARISIAN CASES”, a study realised using a tools mix from neo-institutionalist and public policy fields. Her supervisor was Tommaso Vitale, professor of Sciences Po of Paris, where Turri spent a period as PhD visitor.
In 2019, Igor received his PhD in co-tutorship with the Department OTB (now Urbanism) at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology. The title of his thesis is “Reframing social mix and the management of mixed communities in the new welfare state. Evidence from social housing projects in Italy and the Netherlands”.
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Maria received the PhD with honours jointly from the University of Milano-Bicocca and the University of Barcelona in 2019, with a thesis on municipal entrepreneurship support policies and the experiences of young beneficiaries. She undertakes research on urban governance, local welfare, and social innovation, with a particular interest in institutional changes, agency, policy instruments, and public action theory.
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In 2019, Veronica defended her dissertation “The Governance of Large-Scale Projects: Local Governments and Finance Capital Interaction in Milan and Brussels”, under the supervision of Serena Vicari and Manuel Aalbers (KU Leuven). Her research interests are urban and regional development policies, multi-level governance, and comparative urban studies.
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Letizia Chiappini is an urban sociologist, researcher and consultant, Amsterdam-based. She has obtained a PhD with a double affiliation at the University of Milan-Bicocca within the URBEUR program and the University of Amsterdam. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Utrecht. Her broad research interest revolves around the relationship between cities and technology, in particular about digital platforms and makers. She is the co-founder of the collective Slutty Urbanism which has been part of the Architecture Venice Biennale in 2021 within the Austrian Pavilion. She is also involved as a guest lecturer at the TU-Wien within the course ‘Visual Art and the City”. She writes for various media sources on alternative urban spaces.
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Simone obtained his PhD on March 2018, with a thesis titled “Accessibility as urbanity measurement method in a metropolitan framework. A socio-territorial analysis of the metropolitan cities of Milan and Lyon”. The work focused on the most recent contributions about the city nature and included a methodological proposal for the socio-territorial differentiation of the metropolitan contexts, based on the measurement of pedestrian accessibility in a comparative perspective.
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Fabio defended his PhD in April 2018, with a thesis on the integration of local knowledges into flood risk governance, comparing a bottom-up project in South West England and a top-down one in Emilia Romagna. His main research interests are risk and disaster governance, with particular attention to stakeholder engagement, risk perception and communication, local knowledge, social vulnerability.
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Paolo Borghi received his PhD with honours jointly from the University of Milano-Bicocca and the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2018. He conducted comparative research on the self-employed workers’ representation in Italy and Germany. In the field of sociology of work and industrial relations his research interests are self-employment and urban economies, platform work, collective identities, collective representation and dynamics of solidarity among workers, across sectors and territories.
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Luca Bottini received his PhD in 2017, defending the thesis titled “Urban Space And Social Behavior. A Research On Community Participation In Two Neighborhoods Of Milan”. His main research interest is the study of the relationship between social behavior and urban environment using a transdisciplinar approach between urban sociology and environmental psychology.
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