The Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) is a leading public university, in Italy and in Europe, in technical-scientific teaching and research. Founded almost 150 years ago, POLITO has three Schools of Engineering, two Schools of Architecture, a School of Economics and Management, and a Post-Graduate School.
The Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) is the result of a joint venture between Politecnico and University of Turin. The core mission of DIST focuses on inter-disciplinary educational and research activities in the field of urban studies, spatial planning, local development, and the built environment. Thanks to its unique inter-university structure, the DIST. The DIST was granted as national Department of Excellence in 2018 (MIUR, 2018).
CV Team Members
Loris Servillo(M) – Unit coordinator
Loris Servillo(M) – Unit coordinator,PhD, is Associate Professor at the DIST since January 2019. His fields of expertise are (a) spatial planning studies and European cohesion policies and instruments, (b) territorial and socio-spatial analyses, and (c) community-led and strategic spatial planning initiatives in Europe. He held a Marie Curie Fellowship grant at the Bartlett school of Planning (UCL, UK –period 2017-2019) and he was post-doc / senior researcher at KU Leuven (BE) between 2007 and 2017.
Francesca Governa (F) is Full Professor in economic and political geography at the DIST, Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Since 2017, she is Deputy Project Manager of FULL – Future Urban Legacy Lab joining architects, engineers, economists, geographers and planners to study the main challenges opened by a rapidly urbanizing world.
Luigi Buzzacchi (M) is full professor since 2000 at the DIST, where he teaches courses in microeconomics and industrial organization. His research interests lie in the area of regulation and public policies, firm size distribution and spatial competition, economics of innovation, insurance and financial markets (in particular, contract theory and ownership structure), economics of risk and uncertainty, economics of professional sports.
Marco Santangelo (M) is a geographer and associate professor at the DIST. His research interests regard cities transformation in the current phase of economic restructuring as well as human-space-technology interactions and the role of digitalization in the changing urban structure. He is the director of the China Room research centre of the Polytechnic of Torino.
Samantha Cenere (F) is a Human Geographer and Postdoc Researcher at the DIST. She holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Development (2019). Her PhD research investigated the rising of Makers and Fablabs as examples of the socio-spatial reconfiguration of work and production brought about in urban contexts by the spreading of collaborative practices and innovative digital technologies. From April 2019 to April 2020, she conducted a research on the relationship between food and urban transformation, investigating how the phenomenon unfolds in Turin, Italy.
Erica Mangione (F) is PhD student in Urban and Regional Development at the DIST, Politecnico di Torino, Italy. She has a background in urban and territorial planning. Her research activity focuses on student mobilities and their impacts on cities urban development strategies; university – city relationship and the role of higher education institutions in socio spatial urban changes.
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