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PHD MENTORS

STEFANO MORONI

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Stefano Moroni is professor in planning at Milan Polytechnic University. His main research interests include planning theory, applied ethics and philosophy of the law. He is one of the editors of the international journal “Planning Theory”. Recent publications: (with G. Brunetta), Contractual Communities in the Self-Organizing City, Springer, 2012; (with C. Basta), Ethics, Design and Planning of the Built Environment, Springer, 2013; (with D.E. Andersson), Cities and Private Planning:Property Rights, Entrepreneurship and Transaction Costs,  Edward Elgar, 2014; (with D. Weberman), Space and Pluralism. Can Our Cities Today be Places of Toleration?, Central European University Press, 2016.

GIANFRANCO FRANZ

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Gianfranco Franz is an architect and planner with an extensive experience in policies and practices for sustainability and local development, strategic spatial and social planning, urban economy, and urban creativity. He teachs at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Ferrara (Italy) and for more than two decades he has worked with municipalities, regional governments, and local communities. In 2012 he founded Routes towards Sustainability, an international university network promoting multi and trans-disciplinary approaches to the development of places, cities, and communities. He has designed experimental postgraduate programmes involving European, Latin-American and Japanese universities, among which the MA MaPaus (School of Architecture of Ferrara) and the MA Ecopolis (School of Economics of Ferrara) which he directed from 2001 to 2013.

GIANFRANCO FRANZ

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THOMAS HARTMANN

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Thomas Hartmann is Associate Professor at Wageningen University and Research. He teaches and researches in spatial planning on justice and the city, land and water governance, and he has a special expertise in land policies and planning instruments. He is also affiliated to the Czech Jan Evangelista Purkyne University (UJEP) in Usti nad Labem, where he teaches in the PhD programme. Currently, he is supervising more than 10 PhD students, covering PhDs on research projects, external PhDs, and PhDs funded by individual grants. Most of them work on paper-based dissertations. He is the vice president, former secretary and PhD coordinator of the international academic association on Planning, Law and Property Rights (www.plpr-association.org). Thomas Hartmann is a trained spatial planner (TU Dortmund University) with a political science PhD degree (rer.pol.). Since 2010 he works in the Netherlands – first as a PostDoc at Utrecht University, later as assistant professor and now as associate professor in Wageningen. You may approach him in English, German, or Dutch.

LINDA MCELDUFF

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Dr Linda McElduff is a lecturer in the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment at Ulster University, Northern Ireland, where she teaches a range of subjects relating to planning and regeneration including urban resilience, ethics, leadership, place making and research methods; and is also the director of a postgraduate course in housing studies. She supervises a number of doctoral researchers and has experience examining PhD theses. Her key research interests are coastal management and regeneration; urban and community resilience; marine planning and governance. She has published journal articles and book chapters on these themes. Linda is a research associate of the International Centre for Local and Regional Development, and is a member of the Irish Seas Maritime Forum; International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights, and Association of European Schools of Planning. She coordinates the Planning, Law and Property Rights Thematic Group at AESOP.

LINDA MCELDUFF

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MIKE
RACO

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Mike Raco is Professor of Urban Governance and Development in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. He has published widely on the topics of urban governance and regeneration, urban sustainability, social diversity, and the politics of urban and regional economic development. He is currently leading a team at UCL that is working on a collaborative ORA-ESRC funded project on investment flows and residential development in London, Paris and Amsterdam named WHIG: What is Governed in Cities. Recent works include: The Future of Sustainable Cities: Critical Reflections (with John Flint, Policy Press, Bristol); State-led Privatisation and the Demise of the Democratic State: Welfare Reform and Localism in an Era of Regulatory Capitalism (Routledge, London); and Regenerating London: Governance, Sustainability and Community in a Global City (with Rob Imrie and Loretta Lees, Routledge, London.

PHD CO-MENTORS

LAURA
SAIJA

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Laura Saija has recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor in City and Regional Planning at the University of Catania, Italy, after serving for three years in the same capacity in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Memphis, TN, USA. She earned her PhD in City and Regional Planning and Urban Design at the University of Catania, Italy. Her research interests cross the boundaries of community development, planning and landscape design, and planning theory. Through a Marie Curie Global Research Fellowship in 2011 and 2012 has focused on how universities can play an active role in community development processes inspired by the principles of circular economy and inter- and intra-species solidarity. She is recently researching on how action-research can be used to promote ecological development in the context of shrinking cities and regions.

FEDERICO SAVINI

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Federico Savini is Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam. He combines approaches of Political Sociology, Political Science and Urban Planning and Critical Geography to the study of institutions and socio-spatial change in cities. His expertise ranges across the areas of land policy, land regulations, environmental impact and technology driven urban experimentation. In his works, he studies the change of institutions and regulations that shape the city-regions. He observes a range of objects of study and social practices: the impact of planning regulations and legal frameworks on urban development ; the impact and organization of financial capital on land development; the politics and coalition building for regulatory reform in city-regional governance; the tacit social norms driving contemporary approaches to eco-and smart urbanism. His teaching includes core BA courses in Planning Theory, MA courses on research methods and several thesis supervisions. He is coordinator of the Research and Practice Masterstudio, which takes every year within the MA program in Urban Planning and it is developed in cooperation with the city of Amsterdam.

FEDERICO SAVINI

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WARD
RAUWS

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Ward Rauws (1985) is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Spatial Planning & Environment, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His research interests include urban self-organization and complexity theories of cities, adaptive planning and governance, and civic initiatives and resourceful communities. He is the coordinator of AESOP’s Thematic Group on Planning & Complexity and cofounder of Young Planners Society Ekistics.

FRANCESCA LEDER

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Francesca Leder is Senior Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Ferrara – Dept. of Architecture where she also teaches Theory of Urban Planning.
She coordinates “URL – Landscape Research Unit” focused on landscape as spatial policy as boosted by European Landscape Convention.
Her research work is currently focused on community development policy and practices; people-places relationship and community empowerment; gender approaches to urban planning.

FRANCESCA LEDER

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