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In 2022, I was awarded the Horizon Europe - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action and am currently working on my project RePortFlows | Port(Re)Connecting Maritime Ecosystems: Geospatial Mapping of the ‘Spaces of Flows’ in Port-City Regions at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Chair of History and Complexity, TU Delft.

Imagining ports and cities as complex networks, this 2-year project will consider how globalisation, migration, digitalisation and the Covid-19 pandemic impact planning and transport in Rotterdam and Genoa. The end goal is to propose tailored policy tools that can increase sustainability and better integrate transport and socio-economic potential with spatial and social realities.

Prior to this position, I was an Adjunct Professor and Postdoc Researcher at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU), Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi).

Since 2015, I have been working with several international and multidisciplinary teams on different projects:

2020 - today | Member of the Leiden Delft Erasmus PortCityFutures programme - coordinated by Carola Hein. 

2019-2022 | Member of the European COST Action Management Committee (MC) for Italy and the Working Group Leader (WG2) in the project: CA18214 - The Geography of New Working Spaces and the Impact on the Periphery

This Action created a network of more than 30 countries and 100 researchers. I was involved in this CA from the beginning (Grant preparation and implementation) and coordinate the WG2 for over 3 years. I co-organized several (MC and group) meetings and collaborated in preparing the deliverables (reports, working papers, journal publications and edited volumes - see my latest edited volume here: https://link.springer.com/book/9783031260193

2018-2020 | Postdoc researcher for the 2-year project MOBILAGE | Mobility and Aging: Daily Life and Welfare Supportive Networks at the Neighbourhood Level. 

The project was funded by Fondazione Cariplo- Partners: PoliMi-DAStU + the University of Groningen + University of Federico II, Naples.

2020 - 2022 | Postdoc researcher for the 2-year project HAPPY | Health, Accessibility, Public Transport Policies for Elderly

The project was funded by Fondazione Cariplo - Partners: University of Insubria + PoliMi-DAStU + University of Padova.

2016-2018 | Research assistant for two FARB projects financed by PoliMi - DAStU:

  • New Working Spaces. Promises of Innovations, Effects on the Economic and Urban Context. Coordinators: Corinna Morandi and Ilaria Mariotti
  • New Methods for Studying Transnational Urbanism and Architecture. Coordinator Davide Ponzini 

I have disseminated my research activities through various channels, from scientific publications to presentations at conferences, seminars, webinars and podcasts. 

Since 2012, I have presented my research work at more than 20 international and national conferences, such as AESOP, EURA, ERSA, RSA, AISRE, SIU, INU, etc.

I have published in important peer-reviewed journals in urban studies (such as Cities, European Planning Studies, and Journal of Transport Geography); I have been invited to write and co-author several book chapters. I have one monograph Port Infrastructure Developments and Port-City Interface Dynamics and have co-edited two volumes. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Politecnico di Milano - Dastu

Award Date: 27 Mar 2015

Master's degree, Politecnico di Milano - Dastu

Award Date: 21 Dec 2011

Bachelor's degree, Shahid Beheshti University

Award Date: 15 Jul 2007

External positions

Member of the Italian Management Committee (MC) and Working Group Leader, European Cost Action CA18214

Sep 2019Dec 2022

Postdoc Research Fellow (Assegnista di ricerca), Politecnico di Milano - Dastu

Jun 2018Oct 2022

Adjunct Professor, Politecnico di Milano - Dastu

Oct 2017Jul 2021

Research assistant, Politecnico di Milano - Dastu

Apr 2015May 2018


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Spatial planning
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban regeneration
  • urban development
  • Rural development
  • Urban science
  • Urban studies
  • Urbanism
  • Maritime planning
  • urban
  • G Geography (General)
  • Economic geography
  • Urban geography


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