Gabriele Morelli holds a BA in Political Science, a MA in International Relations, a 1st level university Master’s Degree in Economics of Cooperation at the University of Bologna. His research interests have developed towards critical political and social theory (post-colonial studies, world-system theory, global labour history, post-marxism), and more recently towards alternative economic practices and cooperativism.
Giulia De Cunto
Graduated in architecture with a thesis on communities and local identities transformation in post-disaster reconstruction, she obtained a second level Master in Urban Regeneration and Social Innovation. She is now a Phd student, working on the theme of inner areas and alternative school models as drivers for local development.
Sebastian holds a BSc in Gastronomic Sciences, an international Joint master’s degree in Sustainable Territorial Development, an MSc in Local Development and a master’s in applied economics. His research interests focus on the interrelations between food, environment, and society, with key international experiences in urban planning, food policies and sustainability analysis.
Rita Jankowski is passionate about urban mobility and believe that cycling can make our cities happier. Her research interests are inclusive cycling infrastructure, social inequalities, and urban management. She has studied international economics and international relations in Budapest and worked in Berlin for the past 3 years in consultancy and politics.
Chiara Caterina Razzano
Chiara Razzano holds a BA in Human Geography and a MA in Tourism and Local Development. She has always been interested in understating dynamics and inequalities of the global food system and the implications for developing countries. Her research areas relate to food and agricultural sustainability, rural development and the role of farming communities in the African context.
After a BA in History, Claudio Melli obtained a MA in Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences with an experimental thesis gained through an ethnographic experience in the Maldivian archipelago, where he still carries out study and research assignments. Always passionate about the geopolitics of South East Asia, he is interested in the relations between local leadership models and Islam. Through this new research project, he is dealing with the political and social role that sport assumes within the different spaces of power between the Maldivian capital and the suburbs, as well as with the development of urban projects that this brings with it.
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Francesca Lacqua research interests mainly revolve around the relationship between mobility infrastructures and inequalities from a social, territorial and political point of view. Born in Genoa, after her BA in Humanities at the University of Pavia, she graduated in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnography (MA) at the University of Turin with a research thesis called “Building distances. Infrastructures and mobility practices along the Turin – Genoa railway”.
Pietro Agnoletto holds a bachelor degree in Visual and Performing Arts and a masters degree in Film, Theater and Television studies obtained cum laude in Padova University. While studying in Padova he has been a visitor scholar at Duke University in North Carolina and attended a semester at Venice International University. He is currently working in the project “Greening the Visual” for Bicocca. His main interests are environmental humanities, in particular Italian ecocinema, and visual analysis of green media.
Tom Brennecke has studied architecture in Germany, then urban studies in Estonia and Australia. He is currently doing his PhD at the University of Milano-Bicocca, where he researches loneliness amongst young adults. Tom’s interests span in between emotions, interactions and the built environment.
Ying Liu is a PhD candidate in Urbeur-Urban Studies at University of Milan-Bicocca & PhD candidate in Sociology at Sciences Po Paris (with joint supervision). Her main research interests are: urban regeneration, urban governance, culture, politics and built environment, China
Arianna Luisa Cavaliere
Arianna Luisa Cavaliere holds a degree in primary teacher education from Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. Her main research interests are diversity and migration, European Union in everyday life, the relationship between children and urban space, and urban quality of life. She has been based in Austria for five years.
Maria Chiara Cela
Since 2014 Maria Chiara Cela has been working in the field of public and social housing first at Milan City Council and then at DAR=CASA cooperative. She is currently developing a three-year research project on housing, social innovation and local participatory action in urban contexts.
Greta Scolari got a MSc in Sociology at the University of Milano Bicocca. After graduating she carried out research activities in the field of sustainability. She is interested in socio-spatial dynamics, with particular attention to polycentricity and post-suburbanization. Her dissertation explores the central role of peripheral settlements in steering processes of regional urbanization through a focus on infrastructures and logistics.
Jacopo Targa is an Urban Sociologist, and his main background is in sociological sciences.
His research is about urban commons and their potential for imagining alternative urban futures. He also has a general interest in researching post-car urbanism, the sociology of the bicycle and public transport.
Emanuele Lucia has a bachelor’s degree in Social and Regional Development from the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR) and a master’s degree in Knowledge Mobilization from the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS) in Montreal, Canada. His main research interests are the life courses of youth, from a territorial and community perspective.
Lorenza Dodi got a MSc in Sociology at the University Milano-Bicocca and a MSc in Political Sciences – Social area at the University of Bologna. Her main interest of research are: qualitative research in Health care services, organizational ethnography, visual studies, risk management, urban studies.
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.
Federico Prestileo (Palermo, 1991) graduated in 2018 in Local and Cultural Economics working on economic informality and gentrification in Palermo. His research topics are the touristification phenomenon in the Mediterranean area, with a specific focus on Short Term Rental Platforms such as AIRBNB, tourism agenda and gentrification, and digital geography. He’s an activist for SET – Southern Europe against Touristification.
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.
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.
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.
Rosario Cutuli is a sociologist that works in social cooperation. He is currently working on Social Innovation with a focus on the partnership between public and private, from the perspective of the Foundational Economy. His research interests lie at the intersection between urban and welfare studies, with a focus on Foundational Economy.
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.
Licensed Italian architect with work experience in urban and territorial planning in Turin, Milan and Vienna. She specialized in heritage management (2015, University of Turin) and carries out research projects on rural areas, landscape and heritage. As a Ph.D. student at Urbeur, her research topic deals with second homes tourism, place attachment and community resilience. She is also part of the working group ‘Inner areas and rural spaces’ of the IASSC (Institute for Advanced Study of Social Science). Passionate about everything visual, she lives in Asti and is among the co-founders of the Association for the Ecomuseum ‘Terre Astigiane’.
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.
Oscar Luigi Azzimonti
Oscar Luigi Azzimonti’s research interests cover some of the main topics of urban and environmental sociology, such as sustainability, environmental justice and political ecology. His PhD thesis is an interdisciplinary research about the social distribution and generation of ecosystem services in metropolitan contexts. He holds a bachelor in anthropology and a master in sociology.
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