I am a trained architect and a planner. I am Associate Professor in City Making and Course Leader for the MPlan/BSc Property Development and Planning at Birmingham City University. I have 15 years of research and consultancy experience in place-making, social sustainability, urban regeneration, urban design, health and wellbeing.
Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Architecture and in Environmental Engineering at the Politecnico of Torino, I obtained my PhD in Spatial Planning at the Politecnico di Milano (2005). I worked at the Institute for Policy Studies (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore) as an International Senior Urban Fellow from 2005 to 2006.
Since 2007, I have held academic positions, in both teaching and research, at King's College London, Politecnico of Milano, Kingston University and UCL.
I am an internationally recognized researcher, with a proven track record of leading, managing and coordinating research on inclusiveness of policies and practices in cities and neighbourhoods. With my unique interdisciplinary background in architecture and planning, my work focuses on how different publics (often overlooked by policies) engage with urban environments and how such engagements could be more inclusive and sustainable. My future plans are to develop new research by focusing on how citizens can be empowered to envision, design and shape the resiliency of future cities through local, bottom up and innovative initiatives.