The EURA Governing Board has 20 members representing 14 countries
Here is a very brief profile of the members of the Governing Board.
Find more information about our board members by clicking the links!
Filipe Teles is a political scientist in the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He teaches courses in the fields of Public Policy and Political Science and presently is acting as Pro-rector for Regional Development and Urban Policies. Filipe holds a PhD in Political Science and is a member of the Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy, where he has developed research work on governance and local government, territorial reform, political leadership and innovation. As an expert/consultant he has worked with multiple International agencies and in the context of his teaching and research activities he has lectured in several universities and countries.
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, including 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.
Robin Hambleton is Emeritus Professor of City Leadership at the University of the West of England, Bristol and Director of Urban Answers. He was the founding President of EURA, serving from 1997-2002.
From 2002-2007 he was Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago and served on the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Governing Board for two terms.
His research and consultancy work with cities focuses on how to enhance justice by strengthening the power of place-based leadership in the modern world. His latest books are Leading the Inclusive City (2015) and Cities and Communities Beyond COVID-19. How local leadership can change our future for the better (2020), both published by Bristol University Press.
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.
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. Between 2017 and 2020 she acted as 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 and 2018 she 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 Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur (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
Tuomas Ilmavirta is a university teacher at the Department of Built Environment, Aalto University, Finland.
Tuomas teaches land-use planning and his research interests lie in urban branding, discursive production of urban space, and emerging urban planning methods.
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.
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).
Marta Lackowska is an Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw, Department of Local Development and Policy.
Her research interests include metropolitan governance, intermunicipal cooperation, territorial identification, Europeanization, urban politics and policies, rescaling, internationalization of local policies, and local policies of adaptation to change.
Le Anh Long is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Twente. She studied Public Policy and Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, home to Lin and Vince Ostrom’s Workshop on Political Theory. At Twente, Le Anh teaches modules on decision making, networked governance, and urban resilience. In terms of research, she studies how institutional arrangements shape policy action. More specifically, she examine policy innovation in the context of rapidly evolving socio-technical environments.
Le Anh is especially interested in the role of cities, in their capacity as laboratories of democracy, contribute new solutions through policy experimentation. Focusing on complex challenges like climate change, cyber security, and immigration, she aim to shed light on the conditions under which policy actors (e.g. actors and organizations) are able to pursue policies that anticipate, prevent, adapt, or transform in response to disruptions, be they technological, social, or natural.
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 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.
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.
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.
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; liveable public spaces; creative urban regeneration. On these topics, she has published several national and international journal articles, conference papers, books and book chapters.
Marichela 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.
Danielle Sinnett is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments and a member of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments at the University of the West of England. She is an Associate Professor in Green Infrastructure, with expertise in land regeneration and the relationship between the built environment and health. Her research has focussed on green infrastructure primarily as a mechanism to regenerate brownfield and contaminated land, and the impacts of greening these sites.
Susanne Søholt is a political scientist. During the last years she has been working with migration, integration and segregation in urban and rural areas. The main focus has been on integration and segregation in the housing market, but also in neighbourhoods and in the labour market. Søholt is concerned with the different conditions for all categories of immigrants including asylum seekers, as well as the relationship between minorities and the majority. Søholt also works with how migration influences and changes the bigger society as well as urban and rural areas. To put Norwegian experiences in perspective, Søholt favor national and international comparative projects. Previously, Søholt has worked with participation and pilot projects as a method for change.
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.
Carla Tedesco is Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning at the Dep. of Architecture and Arts – Università IUAV di Venezia. She is coordinator of the bachelor’s degree in Planning and urban design. Her research interests are concerned with Europeanization of urban policy and spatial planning in Italy, community involvement in urban regeneration and social innovation. She has carried out research work, presented papers and published on these issues being part of national and international research groups. She has been deputy mayor in charge for urban planning and policy in Bari (2014-2019).
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.
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.
SECRETARIAT AND COMMUNICATION
João Igreja has recently been awarded with the PhD degree in Urban Planning at the Department of Architecture, University of Palermo, Italy.
His PhD research project addressed the EU urban agenda at the margins of Europe.
João is responsible for managing EURA's secretariat, membership administration and communication! If you have an inquire don't hesitate in writing him!