in social

       urban studies
             and spatial

approaches and

      february 2024




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). 

Participation grants are not available




January 11, 2024: Application for registration are officially open!

January 26, 2024: Application for registration deadline (or before due to limited availability)

Number of attendees accepted: 80

Fee: 195€ (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

Francesco Chiodelli - Università di Torino
Stefano Moroni - Politecnico di Milano
Filippo Schilleci - Università di Palermo
Barbara Pizzo - Sapienza Università di Roma


Giovanni Attili - Sapienza Università di Roma
Matteo Basso - IUAV
Michele Campagna - Università di Cagliari
Carlo Cellamare - Sapienza Università di Roma
Leonardo Chiesi - Università di Firenze
Giancarlo Cotella - Politecnico di Torino
Daniela De Leo - Università Federico II di Napoli
Luciano De Bonis - Università del Molise
Lidia Decandia - Università di Sassari
Gabriella Esposito De Vita - CNR, Napoli
David Fanfani - Università di Firenze

Ferdinando Fava - Università di Padova

Valeria Fedeli - Politecnico di Milano
Laura Lieto - Università Federico II di Napoli
Valeria Lingua - UniversitàdiFirenze
Anna Marson - IUAV
Paolo Nesi - Università di Firenze
Lucia Nucci - Università di Roma 3
Stefania Oppido - CNR, Napoli
Elena Ostanel - IUAV
Marco Picone - Università di Palermo
Carlo Pisano - Università di Firenze
Daniela Poli - Università di Firenze
Davide Ponzini - Politecnico di Milano
Stefania Ragozino - CNR, Napoli
Maddalena Rossi - Università di Firenze
Laura Saija - Università di Catania
Loris Servillo - Politecnico di Torino
Carla Tedesco - IUAV


invited scholars: 

Stefano Borgo - CNR-ISTC, Trento 

Heather Campbell - British Columbia University

Francesco Lo Piccolo - Università degli Studi di Palermo

Olivier Sykes - University of Liverpool

Organizing team:

Valentina D'Ippolito, Margot Diradourian, Giulia Guadagnoli, Chiara Nardis, Isabella Trabucco, Stefania Zaccaro with the support of Laura Fortuna, Bianca Galmarini, Flavia Giallorenzo, Benedetta Masiani and Eni Nurihana - Università degli Studi di Firenze


Santa Verdiana

Piazza Ghiberti 27

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