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 Architect and is currently Researcher and Assistant professor at the Department of Architecture and Planning, Politecnico di Milano, since January 2007. PhD in Planning and Public policies, IUAV (2001; awarded with the ‘G. Ferraro’ prize for the best doctoral dissertation in Planning). She also holds an Advanced Master Degree in Planning at Politecnico di Milano (2001-2002). She has been Post-doc research fellow at Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris in 2003, exploring institutional innovation and decentralizing policies in France.Her research activities focus on governance, metropolitan and territorial planning, strategic planning. In particular her recent research focus has been on strategic approaches to urban planning; inter-municipal cooperation as a way to treat the weakness of territorial planning in Italy; a governance perspective, as a way to interact with the difficult but promising process of construction of EU spatial policies: processes of territorial transformation and challenges to the field of urban and territorial policies; governance forms and knowledge production in urban and environmental policies; the role of new emerging urban actors: universities.

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 Alibegovic is a researcher and Head of Department for Public Sector 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 lecturer at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Sciences. Previously she worked as Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Science and Technology of Republic of Croatia. 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 Administration in the School for Management and Governance at the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands). He is Program Director for the master and bachelor programs in Public Administration. He is also extraordinary professor for Urban Policy and Urban Politics and scientific director of KISS (Expertise Centre for Urban Affairs). KISS is a joint initiative of the Province of Overijssel, the five major urban municipalities in this province, the University of Twente and other regional institutions of higher education, private organisations (from the business community and civil society). He is the convenor of the Standing Group on Local Politics and Government (LOGOPOL) of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). He has published on issues of urban governance, 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. Hambleton
University of the West of England, UK

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.

ChristianLefevreChristian 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.

jacobnorviglarsenJacob 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. Russell
University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Paula Russell is a College Lecturer in the Department of Regional and Urban Planning, University College Dublin with a background in planning practice, geography and sociology. Her teaching responsibilities are focused on the social context of planning and I have responsibility for the co-ordination of a specialized study focusing on community planning. Her research interests lie in the area of urban regeneration including the community impacts of urban regeneration and the place of regeneration in the wider process of urban governance. Other key research interests relate to planning and social exclusion. Completed projects include: the Irish volume of the European Compendium of Spatial Planning Systems for the European Commission and an integrated study of Galway city as part of the European Foundation for Living and Working Condition’s work on medium sized cities. Current research projects include, a study of the provision of homeless services and their relationship with the Irish planning system and a study on residents’ associations, neighbourhood and community development.

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 massage therapist 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.

Colin CopusColin 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 SepeMarichela Sepe
Italian National Research Council & University of Naples, Italy

Marichela Sepe’s research focuses on Urban Design and Planning at the Italian National Research Council. She is also Contract Professor of Contemporary Urban Landscape at the University of Naples.

Ignazio VinciIgnazio Vinci
University of Palermo, Italy

Ignazio Vinci (1970) is Associate professor of Urban Planning in the Department of Architecture at the University of Palermo, where he is delegate for International mobility of the Polytechnic School and member of the teaching board of the PhD Programme in Arts, Architecture and Planning. His research interests include urban development in Europe and Italy, urban regeneration and local development, innovation in spatial planning and governance. More recently he is supervising research projects related to cross-cutting issues such as urban-rural relationship in the urban regions and the role of mobility projects in the regeneration of marginal neighbourhoods. As consultant, Ignazio has advised several national and international agencies –including the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Ministry of Economic Development and UN-Habitat – in the design, implementation and evaluation of plans and programmes in the fields of urban policy and territorial development. In the last year he has been an advisor for the Italian Agency for Territorial Cohesion in the implementation of the National Programme “Città Metropolitane 2014-2020” addressed to the 14 city-region established in 2014. Ignazio Vinci has published extensively on urban policy, local development, strategic planning, regionalism, and the territorialisation of EU’s cohesion policy. His last book published is The spatial strategies of Italian regions, Milan, 2014. In the last academic year he has been visiting lecturer at the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy of the University College of Dublin.

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

Sonia is researcher and lecturer in the Department of urban and regional planning (DUYOT) of the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid –UPM-. Her professional experience has been developed in parallel in the field of urban/ architectural practice and in the field of research on urban policies from the beginning of her career. She has developed her activity as a practitioner working for international architecture 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) and in the Boku University (Vienna). From 2011 she is member of the Technical Committee of the Spanish National Conference on Environment (CONAMA) and from 2015 of the Working Group of the Ministry of Finance that is working in the Urban Agenda for Spain. She is Management Committee member of COST Action TN1201, genderSTE (gender, science, technology and environment), and was substitute Management Committee member of COST Action TU0902 “Integrated assessment technologies to support the sustainable development of urban areas.” Her research work focuses on integrated urban regeneration in the EU and Spain, local climate change and mobility, and the gender dimension of these urban policies.

TelesFilipe Teles
University of Aveiro, Portugal

Filipe Teles is a professor of political science at the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences – University of Aveiro, where he teach several courses in the fields of Public Administration and Local Governance. Since April 2014, Filibe is the Pro-rector for regional development of the University of Aveiro. Filipe Teles holds a PhD in Political Science and is a member of the Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy (GOVCOPP). Filpe has collaborated in the design of a Master in Public Administration at the Portuguese Catholic University – Porto, having also been Visiting Professor at EGP-University of Porto Business School. He was Deputy Director of the Master’s Program in Public Administration and Management, at the University of Aveiro and Member of the Board of the Research Unit (GOVCOPP). He also collaborated in the preparation of the scientific and pedagogical project of the Doctoral Program in Public Policy and the Doctoral Program in Political Science, University of Aveiro, approved by the National Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education.

Filipe Teles participates in several national and international projects and published several articles in international journals of reference (eg Local Government Studies, European Urban and Regional Studies, Political Studies Review, International Journal of Public Administration, Space and Polity) as well as books, book chapters, reports and policy papers. Filipe’s other network activities involves him with the Advisory Board of the Forum for Integrated Governance of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the European Environmental Agency, the European Securities and Markets Authority, the Portuguese Association of Political Science, the Political Studies Association (UK), and the International Political Science Association.

Cristina St?nu?
Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania

Cristina St?nu? 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.

LAckowskaMarta 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 (Former EURA Secretariat)
Technical University of Dortmund, Germany