Eura Governing Board

The EURA Governing Board has 23 members representing 17 countries: Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and United Kingdom. Here is a very brief profile of the members of the Governing Board.

Valeria Fedeli (EURA President)
Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Valeria Fedeli is Associate Professor of Territorial Planning at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of the Politecnico Di Milano, vice-coordinator of the PhD course in Urban Planning, Policy and Design. Since 2017she is president of the European Urban Research Association. She is member of the scientific committee of Urban @ it, Italian National Center of research for urban policies. Between 2015 and2018she was responsible for the Jean Monnet EU urban and regional policy module, funded by the European Commission, within the Erasmus Plus-Jean Monnet Program. She is currently member of the Working Group Planning and Governing the Metropolis, promoted and supported by ARL – Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL), Hannover, Germany; she is a member of the International Coordination Committee of the Urban Futures Program, PRES, Pôle de Rechercheetd’EnseignementSupérieur (PRES) Université Paris-Est (UPE). Member/founder of the Research on Urban Future Research Laboratory of the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, as well as a member of the Coordination Committee of the interdisciplinary DAT@ter nuclear network of Politecnico di Milano. Her most recent research interests are aimed at exploring the processes of urban regionalisation, the transcalar character of the urban question in contemporary society and the challenges that such a condition generates in terms of design of policies and institutions, also in terms of strategic planning, as well as the construction of processes and forms of democratic governance.

Karsten Zimmermann
Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

Karsten Zimmermann is Professor at the Faculty of Spatial Planning at Technical University of Dortmund where he holds the chair for European Planning Cultures. He is educated as a political scientist and dedicated most of his work to the study of cities and regions. From 2005 to 2012 he was part of the interdisciplinary research centre Intrinsic Logic of Cites (Eigenlogik der Städte) at Technical University of Darmstadt. He is currently involved in a larger research project about knowledge generation in local climate politics. Further research topics include metropolitan governance, planning theory and planning practices in Europe.

Dubravka Jurlina Alibegovic
The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia

Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović is a researcher and Head of Department for Regional Development at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb. She is co-coordinator, team leader and consultant in many projects and studies regarding budgeting and development at regional and local level, intergovernmental fiscal relations, local public finance, infrastructure financing, and financing of science and education.
She is a lecturer at postgraduate and guest lecturer in undergraduate studies at the University of Zagreb, the Faculty of Political Sciences, the Faculty of Law. She is a member of the Governing Board of the European Association for Urban Research (EURA), the Croatian Section of the European Association of Regional Research (ERSA) and the Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Institutes of Economic Sciences (Forum Euroméditerranéen des Instituts de Sciences Économiques is Euro-Mediterranean Network)(FEMISE).
She was Director of the Institute of Economics, Zagreb (2013-2016).
Previously she worked as Minister of Public Administration in the Ministry of Public Administration (2016) and Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Science and Technology of Republic of Croatia (2000-2002).
Rob Atkinson
University of the West of England, UK

Professor Rob Atkinson is based in the Cities Research Centre, School of the Built and Natural Environment, University of the West of England, Bristol. His research interests are primarily concerned with cross-national work on urban sustainability and regeneration, community participation in urban regeneration partnerships, urban social exclusion and European urban and spatial policy. He has presented papers and published on these issues throughout Europe.

Bas Denters
University of Twente, The Netherlands

Bas Denters (1954) is full professor of Public Governance in the department of Public Administration at the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands). He has published on issues of local governance, democratic innovations, citizen involvement and local democracy.

Panos Getimis
Panteion University, Greece

Panagiotis Getimis is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the department of Economic and Regional Development at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Athens). He was Vice-Vector of Panteion University (1993-1998) and Director of Research Institute of Urban Environment and Human Resources at Panteion University (1996-2007). He was Visiting Professor at the universities of Oxford (2004), Manchester (2008) and Darmstadt (2009-2010). He has been actively researching on urban policy, planning systems, territorial governance and local government for over twenty years and has published widely on these topics.

Robin Hambleton
University of the West of England, UK (HONORARY MEMBER)

Robin Hambleton is: Professor of City Leadership in the Faculty of Environment and Technology at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He was the founding President of EURA, serving as President from 1997-2002. From 2002-2007 he was Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Robin has wide experience of city leadership and change management in local government in several countries. His most recent book, co-edited with Jill Simone Gross, is ‘Governing Cities in a Global Era. Urban Innovation, Competition and Democratic Reform’ (Palgrave, 2007). Robin also directs his own company: Urban Answers –

Mervi Ilmonen
Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

Mervi, Ilmonen, Senior Research Fellow in Helsinki University of Technology (HUT) at the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, a multidisciplinary research institute which also provides postgraduate tuition and further education for planners. She has a background in social policy, human geography and urban planning. She is a long time editor of the Finnish Journal of Urban Studies, the main scientific urban research journal in Finland. She has been co-ordinating the PhD program in Urban and Planning Studies, a joint program of HUT and Helsinki University and has therefore an interest in researchers training and mobility issues. She has researched and written in the field of urban policy, housing policy, social exclusion, differentiation, urban culture and cultural planning. Lately she has been researching the new urban professionals and the impact of new technology in the differentiation between areas. Other key research interests relate to urban theory. She is also interested in gender issues.

Christian Lefèvre
LATTS-Université Paris Est Marne, France

Christian Lefèvre is Director of the French Institute of Urban Studies (IFU) in the University of Paris-East and Professor of Urban Government and Policies. He has been working on issues of urban government and governance and strategies in France and in Europe for the French ministry of Public Works, the City of Paris, the Region Ile-de-France, the European Commission, the European Science Foundation (ESF) and many other international (OECD, United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank) and foreign organizations and local governments (Italy, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, etc). His major interests concern the issues of urban public policies and politics, development strategies and the international relations of cities.

Jacob Norvig Larsen
Danish Building and Urban Research, Denmark

Jacob Norvig Larsen is Senior Researcher at Danish Building and Urban Research. He has a background in human geography and business economics. He is specialised in the study of participation, organisational learning, innovation and production of knowledge in commercial organisations as well as public organisations and NGOs. Currently his main fields of research are urban industrial development, urban planning, and integrated approaches to urban regeneration.

Cristiana Rossignolo
Politecnico di Torino e Università degli studi di Torino, DIST, Torino, Italy

Cristiana Rossignolo is Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Geography at the Interuniversity Department of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning (DIST), Politecnico e Università di Torino, Italy. She is the Chair of the Commission Planning and Design of the DIST, that coordinates the Bachelor and the Master of Science in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning. She is involved in several national and European researches. Her research interests are primarily concerned with European urban policies, networks of cities, neighborhoods and urban regeneration, post-metropolitan cities, governance and strategic planning.

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Paula Russell
University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Paula Russell is an assistant professor and director of graduate studies in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin. Paula’s main research interests are in the broad area of community and governance. A particular focus of much of her research is the interface between civil society and the policy process most notably between the public and the institutions of the planning system. Other interests include the exploration of innovative approaches to managing land use and how places are shaped by various actors.

Paula has completed research in the following areas: Community involvement in urban regeneration; the role of active citizens in neighbourhood development; the contested nature of rural development; participation, citizen capacity and the regeneration of social housing; social capital and civic engagement in rural areas; quality of life in urban neighbourhoods; children and young people’s participation in the Irish planning system; multifunctional intensive landuse and; the exploration of the potential of market based instruments in landuse planning. This research has been funded with research grants from the Royal Irish Academy Third Sector Research Programme, the Environmental Protection Agency and INTERREG IIIC Research Projects.

Paula is a Corporate Member of the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) and is the chair of the IPI’s Technical and Education committee. She is an associate editor of the EURA journal Urban Research and Practice.

Inés Sànchez de Madariaga
Universidad Politenica de Madrid, Spain or

Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, Architect, MSc. Columbia University, NY, PhD. Polytechnic University of Madrid Director, Women and Science Unit, Cabinet of the Minister, Ministry of Science and Innovation.Professor of Urban Planning at the Madrid School of Architecture.Ex Fulbright grantee.She has been Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science, at Columbia University in NY, and Jean Monnet Visiting Professor at the Weimar-Bauhaus School of ArchitectureShe has been Deputy General Director for Architecture and Executive Adviser to the Spanish Minister of Housing.Founder and Director of the first Spanish Research Group on Gender, Planning and Architecture, at the Madrid School of Architecture.án Tosics
Metropolitan Research Institute, Hungary

Iván Tosics (1952) is one of the principals of Metropolitan Research Institute (MRI), Budapest. He is mathematician and sociologist (PhD) with long experience in urban sociology, strategic development, housing policy and EU regional policy issues. He has published widely on these subjects and participated in a wide range of national and international research projects. He is vice chair of the European Network of Housing Research (ENHR), executive committee member of the European Urban Research Association (EURA) and member of the HS-NET Advisory Board to UN-HABITAT. He is the Policy Editor of the journal ‘Urban Research and Practice’, member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the ‘Journal of Housing and the Built Environment’ and for ‘Housing Studies’. He represents the Municipality of Budapest in EUROCITIES, as chair of the Economic Development Forum in 2007 and 2008 and as member of the Executive Committee since 2009. He participated in the preparation of the Rehabilitation Strategy of Budapest, and he was the leader of a consortium working on the medium and long term Urban Development Strategy of Budapest.

Francesca Gelli
University IUAV of Venice, Italy

Francesca Gelli is an Assistant Professor in Political Science, Scientific coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Regional Planning and Public Policies, Director of the Post-Graduate Specialization Course in Participatory Action Planning and Sustainable Urban Development at the University IUAV of Venice, Italy. She has been in the U.S.A. as a visiting researcher (at the UCB, CA: Department of City and Regional Planning; Institute of Urban and Regional Planning; University-Oakland Metropolitan Forum; at the Lafayette College, Easton, PA: Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government) and in Germany, as senior research fellow of the Institute für Politikwissenschaft, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gie?en. At the latter she taught courses on public policies and active citizenship (at the University of Ca’ Foscari), European public policies and EU initiatives (at the University of Padua), urban policies (at the University of Trento). Currently, she teaches Local Government and Public Administration, Policy Analysis. She has authored books, chapters and articles on urban policies, local politics, democratic theory and federalism, EU and US public policies, qualitative methods of research. Francesca has also consultanted for several regional and local bodies of government in the design and realization of participatory urban and territorial policies, sustainable local development plans.

Alistair Jones
Alistair Jones
De Montfort University, Leicester, England

Alistair Jones is an Associate Professor in Politics and a University Teacher Fellow at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of DMU’s Local Governance Research Centre. Alistair completed a degree in Political Science at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Alistair has written several books on British Politics (including “Contemporary British Politics and Government”, with Phil Cocker) and on the European Union (including “Britain and the European Union”). He has just completed a book on sub-municipal government – “A Resurgence of Parish Councils in England?” which is due for publication later in 2020.
Added to this, Alistair has a prominent media role. He features in local, national and international media, discussing many aspects of British Politics, but especially Brexit.

Colin Copus
De Montfort University, Leicester, England

Colin Copus is a Professor of Local Politics and Director of the Local Governance Research Unit at De Montfort University in Leicester. As a former editor of Local Government Studies, (also published by Taylor and Frances) he has strong editorial experience, reviewer networks and publishing expertise. In addition to involvement with international networks, Colin is active within the local government specialist groups of the EGPA (co-convenor of the Local Governance and Democracy Standing Group), ECPR, IPSA (executive board member for RC05 Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics) and PSA (chair and convenor of the Local Politics Specialist Group). In addition to academic networks, Colin Copus has strong links with policy-makers and practitioners through his role as advisor to the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee for five years and the Communities and Local Government Committee on two of its inquires. Colin also advises the Chairman of the Local Government Association and advisor to the District Council Network in Leicester.

Marichela Sepe
Marichela Sepe
Italian National Research Council & University of Naples, Italy

Marichela Sepe is a researcher at the ISMed-CNR of Naples. Since 2003, she is also with the Department of Architecture of the University of Naples Federico II, where she is member (until 2017) of the Research Committee Doctorate in Urban Design and Planning and Contract Professor of Urban Planning. In 2013 she has been visiting Professor in the Peking University and held lectures in the Peking, Wuhan and Xi’an Universities. Her research interests include: urban design and planning; cultural heritage; urban landscape; place identity; healthy city; livable public spaces; creative urban regeneration. On these topics, she has published several national and international journal articles, conference papers, books and book chapters. Drs Sepe is Vice President of INU, Urban Planning Italian National Institute Campania section and member of the national INU Governing Board, member of the Eura Governing Board and member of Urban Design Group.In 2014-2018 she won: the Ardito-Desio Award for the paper presented at Ipsapa 2014, 2016 and 2018 Conference; the Runner-up Practitioner paper at T-Forum 2015; the Urban Planning Literature Award of the Italian National Urban Planning Institute (INU) in 2014, 2015 and 2017. She has participated to several Architecture and Urban Design competitions, in which she took two first places and one selection.

Ignazio Vinci
Ignazio Vinci
University of Palermo | Department of Architecture

Ignazio Vinci is Associate Professor of Urban planning at the University of Palermo, where he teaches within masters and PhD programmes. Member of the local Commission for International Relations, he holds the responsibility for different exchange programmes, incuding the double degree programme in Architecture and Building Engineering with the Technical University of Madrid (UPM).
His research interests include urban development in Europe and Italy, urban policy and local development, spatial planning and territorial governance. On these topics he has worked on research projects funded by national and international frameworks, including the Italian Ministry of Education, UN-Habitat, Interreg, ESPON, Jean Monnet. He has also served as consultant for national, regional and local authorities in the design, implementation and evaluation of plans and programmes for territorial development.
He has been recently invited to give lectures and keynotes at the University College of Dublin, RUDN University of Moscow, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Technical University of Madrid. His latest publications include The spatial strategies of Italian regions, FrancoAngeli, Milan (2014) and the Urban Research and Practice Special Issue under publication ‘Urban change and regional development at the margins of Europe: evaluating the effects of the EU policy’ (Eds with P. Russell).

Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado
Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado
Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain

Sonia is assistant professor in the Department of urban and regional planning (DUYOT) of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid –UPM-. Her professional experience has been developed in parallel in the field of urban/ architectural practice and research on urban policies from the beginning of her career. She has worked as a practitioner for international offices (Chapman Taylor and L35), focusing on the development of masterplans and mix-use architectural projects in Europe, North Africa, Asia and Central America. She has also been researcher in CEDEX, the Centre of Research of the Spanish Ministry of Public Works, and visitor researcher in the European Institute for Urban Affairs (University John Moores of Liverpool), the Boku University (Vienna) and the Università IUAV (Venice), among other research institutions. She is member of the Technical Committee of the Spanish National Conference on Environment (CONAMA), and has been member of the Working Group of the Ministry of Finance for the Spanish Urban Agenda, as well as expert for the Partnership on Poverty and Urban Regeneration of the Urban Agenda of the EU, and expert in the framework of the Urban Innovative Actions of the European Commission. She has participated as researcher and coordinator of national and international research projects, achieving results that have been largely published in high impact academic journals. Her research work focuses on integrated urban policies in the EU and the member states, with a relational view that pays specific attention to urban regeneration, local climate change, mobility, and the gender dimension of urban policies.

Filipe Teles
Filipe Teles
University of Aveiro, Portugal

Filipe Teles is a political scientist in the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, where he teaches courses in the fields of Public Policy and Political Science. Presently, he is acting as Prorector for Regional Development and Urban Policies. He holds a PhD in Political Science and is a member of the Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy (GOVCOPP), where he has developed research work on governance and local government, territorial reform, political leadership and innovation. In the context of his teaching and research activities he has lectured in several universities and countries: University of Warsaw (Poland), CEU Budapest (Hungary), University of Potsdam (Germany), ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland), Universidad Nacional de San Martin – Buenos Aires (Argentina), Bogota (Colombia), UNTL – Dili (East Timor), Institute of Advanced Studies – Koszeg (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), University College Cork (Ireland), among others.
Coordinator of the Local Governance and Politics Section of the Portuguese Political Science Association (APCP). Member of the: Governing Board of the European Urban Research Association (EURA); Steering Committee of the Local Government and Politics Standing Group (European Consortium for Political Research); Board of the Research Committee on Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics (RC05) of the International Political Science Association; Entrepreneurship and Societal Impact of Research Steering Committee of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU); Political Studies Association (UK); American Political Science Association (APSA); Portuguese Political Science Association.

Cristina Stanus
Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania

Cristina Stanus is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, where she teaches courses public policy and governance. Her research interests focus on the comparative study of local government and politics and the public governance of societal sectors. More recently she is involved in project focusing on the governance of urban education in Europe. As a consultat she has been involved in projects for the United Nations Development Programme, the Educational Support Program of the Open Society Foundations and various Romanian non-governmental associations.

Marta Lackowska
University of Warsaw, Poland

Susanne Søholt
Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo and Akershus University College for Applied Sciences

Susanne Søholt is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research. She received her Dr.polit. in political science in 2007. Susanne’s main research interests relates to immigration and integration in urban and rural settings. Topics of research relates to urban / rural policies and governance of immigration and integration, local inclusion and participation of different categories of immigrants in different regional settings and neighbourhoods, spatial segregation/integration, social interaction and participation as well as immigrants own strategies to cope in general, and especially with the housing market. Susanne is especially interested in the impacts of migration and integration systems on urban social development. In recent years, Susanne has been involved in European comparative research on the effects and dynamics of immigration and integration in urban and rural areas.

Robin Chang (EURA Secretariat)
Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

Robin Chang is currently a Canadian master student at the Faculty of Spatial Planning at Technical University of Dortmund specializing in the Transformation of Post-Industrial Regions. She graduated with a Bachelors in Planning from the University of Northern BC in Canada, specializing in Natural Resources. She has experience working in the field on climate adaptation in the northwestern Canada, and as a community and land use planner at the municipal level in Kitimat, BC. She is currently developing thesis work based on brownfield redevelopment in the Ruhr, and excited to join the EURA team while learning more about planning cultures.  Further research interests include climate change adaptation, participatory planning, social innovation, land use zoning.

Daniel Napps (EURA Secretariat)
Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

Daniel Napps is currently a bachelor student at the Faculty of Spatial Planning at the Technical University of Dortmund (TU Dortmund). He is for example responsible for the EURA Newsflash, the EURA Website, the EURA members and social media.

Sarah Garus
Sarah Garus (Former EURA Secretariat)
Technical University of Dortmund, Germany