Prof. Francesco Chiodelli

Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) (Politecnico di Torino)

I got my PhD in Urban Policies and Projects at the Polytechnic University of Milan in 2010, where I have been a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer till 2012. I worked at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (l’Aquila) from 2013 to 2020, where I contributed to building and managing the doctoral programme in Urban Studies (of which I was vice-coordinator from 2016 to 2020). I am currently associate professor in urban and legal geography at the University of Turin.
My research focuses mainly on the social effect of spatial regulation, in particular with reference to issues of pluralism, diversity and informality. Currently, I am working mainly on different manifestations of illegality and informality in the urban sphere: (corruption in urban planning, criminal infiltrations in urban governance, housing informality, unauthorized housing construction, occupation of public housing). I investigated also the spatial dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over Jerusalem.
My papers have appeared in international journals such as Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Progress in Planning, Planning Theory, Town Planning Review, Geoforum, Urban Geography, Planning Theory and Practice, Land Use Policy, Cities, Journal of Urban Affairs, European Planning Studies, Planning Perspectives, Urban Research and Practice, Journal of International Development.

I have also published Shaping Jerusalem. Spatial planning, politics and the conflict (Routledge, 2017) and I co-edited The Illicit and Illegal in Regional and Urban Governance and Development. Corrupt Places (Routledge, 2018).


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