in social

       urban studies
             and spatial

apprroaches and


      january 2023




The Winter School offers PhD candidates and young academics in the fields of urban studies and spatial planning the opportunity to interactively build their learning and training paths in research, with a specific focus on pre-methodological (e.g. how to write and publish an academic article) and methodological (e.g methods of policy analysis, geodesign methodology, engaged research etc.) questions.

The opportunity of individual meetings with faculty members on research projects and papers is offered to participants in the programme.



A network of scholars from a number of Italian universities, engaged with doctoral courses, have voluntarily set up a PhD learning project on research methodology in the field of planning and urban studies.


The school is organized around the following main sections:



Basic questions will be addressed in this section, including: how to write an academic article or a PhD Thesis, and, how to publish in international scientific journals.



We will address: an overall strategy to integrate the different components of a qualitative study and effectively address the research problem. We will address topics including: questions about what research design is and what it is not, how to make sure all parts are properly in place before “tightening”, and why are you thinking of doing a qualitative study of the topic chosen.



Parallel workshop will be offered, addressing topics including: questions related to methods of qualitative and quantitative research and to the re- search-action approach, and, the challenge of working with comparative approaches beyond the stereotyped ‘divides’ that have influenced inter- national research (north/south divide; formal/informal etc.). 



We will address hot topics in the field of planning and urban studies this section from a methodological perspective. Leading scholars in the field will give a talk addressing their methodological approaches to the topic.



“Rent a Researcher” is an opportunity to meet researches in an interesting, engaging and approachable way: a number of Italian scholars are available for peer-to-peer one-to-one meetings with a limited number of PhD candidates and young academics for exchange and tutoring activities.


PhD SOCIAL CLUB is thought of as a free peer-to-peer discussion among young scholars, held by PhD students and former PhD and PhD students. The PhD SOCIAL CLUB runs parallel to the Rent a Researcher sessions




The Winter School will be held in English and will provide students 

with 4 credits (to be agreed with the sending universities). 

Participants from University of Florence will also be given of an additional certificate of attendance of activities related to the “Complementary Skills”, issued by the IUSAFF (Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori dell'Ateneo di Firenze) equivalent to 4 credits (1 credit every 6 hours). 

Participation grants are not available




December 13, 2022: Application for registration are officially open!

December 30, 2022: Application for registration deadline (or before due to limited availability)

Number of attendees accepted: 60

Fee: 130€ (it includes: 2 lunches; coffee breaks; the welcoming aperitif cost; the cost of the participation in the School)


Organizing Scientific Committee

Camilla Perrone - Università degli Studi di Firenze

organisation team: Laura Fortuna, Bianca Galmarini, Flavia Giallorenzo, Giulia Guadagnoli,  Eni Nurihana and Stefana Zuccaro - Università degli Studi di Firenze

Francesco Chiodelli - Università degli Studi di Torino
Valeria Fedeli - Politecnico di Milano
Stefano Moroni - Politecnico di Milano
Barbara Pizzo - Università di Roma La Sapienza
Filippo Schilleci - Università di Palermo

Giovanni Attili  - Università di Roma La Sapienza
Matteo Basso  - IUAV, Venezia
Michele Campagna - Università degli Studi di Cagliari
Carlo Cellamare - Università di Roma La Sapienza
Luciano De Bonis - Università degli Studi del Molise
Lidia Decandia - Università degli Studi di Sassari
Giancarlo Cotella - Politecnico di Torino
Ferdinando Fava - Università di Padova
Laura Lieto - Università degli Studi di Napoli
Filippo Magni - IUAV, Venezia
Valeria Monno - Politecnico di Bari
Lucia Nucci - Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Davide Ponzini - Politecnico di Milano
Umberto Janin Rivolin - Politecnico di Torino
Laura Saija - Unversità di Catania
Loris Servillo  - Politecnico di Torino

invited scholars: 
Oren Yiftachel - Ben Gurion University
Magda Bolzoni - Università degi Studi di Torino
Leonardo Chiesi - Università degli Studi di Firenze
Gabriella Esposito, Stefania Oppido, Stefania Ragozino - Institute for Research on Innovation and Services for Development (IRISS), CNR



Santa Teresa

Via della Mattonaia, 8

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