Keynote Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Giancarlo

Giancarlo Cotella is Associate Professor of spatial planning at Politecnico di Torino. His research focuses on the comparison of spatial governance and planning systems in Europe and beyond and on the mutual influence between the EU and the Member States in that field. He has published widely in the international scientific literature and participated in several international research projects, among which the ongoing ESPON METRO and the recently concluded ESPON SUPER, COMPASS, URRUC and ReSSI. He is actively involved in the activities of the Associations of European Schools of Planning since 2006, and he coordinates the AESOP Thematic Group on Transboundary Planning, Policy Diffusion, Planning Cultures.

Prof. Angela

Angela Colucci, Architect and Ph.D. in Planning at Politecnico di Milano. Since 2006, she is adjunct professor of Urban Design and Urban Planning at Politecnico of Milan. As senior partner and CBO of Co.O.Pe.Ra.Te. Ltd, she developed activities as an independent researcher and consultant in the field of environmental and landscape planning and assessment, urban strategic design, urban and territorial resilience, and food policies. She is the author of several scientific books and member/coordinator of several research networks (REsilienceLAB/president, RRMS AESOP, SIEP-IALE, UCCRN).

Prof. DR. Jan Rath

Jan Rath is a Professor of Urban Sociology in the Department of Sociology of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), researcher at the Center for Urban Studies and the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) as a part of the same university. At the same tiem, he is also a Research Fellow at the Migration Research Center (MiReKoc) at Koç University, Istanbul.

Prof. DR. Müge Akkar Ercan

Müge Akkar Ercan holds a PhD in Urban Design from Newcastle University, UK, a BSc in City and Regional Planning, and MSc in Urban Policy Planning and Local Governments from METU. Her research focuses on urban design, public space, urban regeneration and conservation, and sustainable community development. She has published on public spaces of post-industrial cities in Britain and Turkey, urban regeneration and sustainable community development in historic neighbourhoods in Turkey, social inclusion, urban identity and walkability. Her latest book is ‘Regeneration, Heritage and Sustainable Communities in Turkey, published by Routledge in 2020. She is currently involved in two EU projects, with Underground Built Heritage as Catalyzer for community valorization and European middle-class mass housing.

Prof. DR. Ali Madanipour

Ali Madanipour has studied (M.Arch., Ph.D.), practiced, taught  and researched about architecture, urban design and planning; has won design and research awards and worked with academic and municipal partners from around the world. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Persian and Spanish. His visiting positions include the City of Vienna Senior Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Vienna, the Wits-Claude Leon Distinguished Scholar at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic of Milan.

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