My name is Francesco Chiodelli. I got my PhD in Urban Policies and Projects at the Polytechnic University of Milan in 2010. I am currently associate professor in urban and legal geography at the Università degli studi di Torino, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning. I am the director of OMERO – Interdepartmental Research Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Turin. I worked at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (l’Aquila) from 2013 to 2020, where I contributed to building and managed the doctoral programme in Urban Studies. Previously, I was lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Milan (2010 – 2014).

I’ve been one of the organizers of the Winter School on Research Methodology in Urban Studies and Planning for a few years now.

My research focuses mainly on the social effect of spatial regulation, in particular with reference to questions of pluralism, diversity, informality/illegality. Currently, I am working mainly on different manifestations of illegality and informality in the urban sphere: corruption in urban planning, criminal infiltration 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, Political Geography, 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 recently published Shaping Jerusalem. Spatial planning, politics and the conflict (Routledge, 2017) and co-edited The Illicit and Illegal in Regional and Urban Governance and Development. Corrupt Places (Routledge, 2018).

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