Giancarlo Cotella

Associate Professor (L. 240)
Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST)

  • Member of Interdepartmental Center R3C - Responsible Risk Resilience Centre

Profile

Research interests

Coesione territoriale
Energy transition
European territorial cooperation
European territorial governance
Europeanization
Governance territoriale
Governo del territorio
Pianificazione spaziale
Politica di coesione
Regional development
Spatial planning
Spatial planning systems
Sustainable cities
Territorial governance

Biography

Giancarlo Cotella is Associate Professor of spatial planning at Politecnico di Torino. He serves as Secretary General of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) His research focuses on the comparative analysis of of spatial governance and planning systems in Europe and beyond and on the mutual influence between European Union territorial governance and domestic spatial governance and planning. More in particular, in his research he explored the evolution and impact of the EU cohesion policy and related programmes and initiatives on the Member States' cities and regions. He conducted research on spatial development trends and evidence based policy-making since 2005, with a particular attention for the indentification and transferability of good practices, the metropolisation of territorial goveranance, the sustainability of land-use and the just green transitions towards a carbon neutral society. Through time, he has been teaching and researching in numerous universities in Europe and beyond, and has published widely in the international scientific literature, with over 100 articles and book chapters. He coordinated and/or participated in several international research projects, among which it is worth mentioning a number of pan-European researches conducted within the framework of the European Territorial Observatory Network ESPON: - METRO - The role and future perspectives of Cohesion Policy in the planning of Metropolitan Areas and Cities (https://www.espon.eu/metro); - SUPER - Sustainable Urbanization and land-use Practices in European Regions (https://www.espon.eu/super); - COMPASS - Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe (https://www.espon.eu/planning-systems); - ReSSI - Regional Strategies for Sustainable and Inclusive Territorial Developmen (https://www.espon.eu/ressi); - URRUC - Urban-rural connections in non-metropolitan areas (https://www.espon.eu/URRUC); - TANGO - Territorial Approaches for New Governance (https://www.espon.eu/programme/projects/espon-2013/applied-research/tango-territorial-approaches-new-governance); - SMART-IST - Smart Institutions for Territorial Development (https://www.espon.eu/programme/projects/espon-2013/targeted-analyses/smart-ist-smart-institutions-territorial-development); - FOCI - Future Orientation for Cities (https://www.espon.eu/programme/projects/espon-2013/applied-research/foci-future-orientation-cities); - 2.3.1 - Apllications and Effects of the ESDP in the Member States (https://www.espon.eu/programme/projects/espon-2006/policy-impact-projects/application-and-effects-esdp-member-states); - 2.3.2 - Governance of Territorial and Urban Policies (https://www.espon.eu/programme/projects/espon-2006/policy-impact-projects/governance-territorial-and-urban-policies).

Curriculum

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Scientific branch

CEAR-12/A - Urban and Regional Planning
(Area 0008 - Civil engineering and architecture)

Research topics

  • Comparative spatial governance and planning research

Skills

ERC sectors

SH2_8 - Energy, transportation and mobility
SH2_5 - International relations, global and transnational governance
SH2_10 - Land use and regional planning
SH2_9 - Urban, regional and rural studies

SDG

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Awards and Honors

  • Finanziamento delle attività base di ricerca conferred by MIUR, Italy (2017)

Fellowships

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Editorial boards

  • EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT (2020-), Editor of magazine, editorial series, encyclopaedia
  • PLANNING, PRACTICE & RESEARCH. (2018-), Editor of magazine, editorial series, encyclopaedia
  • EUROPEAN SPATIAL RESEARCH AND POLICY (2016-), Editorial board member
  • EUROPA XXI (2013-), Director

Conferences

  • AESOP Annual Congress 2019 "Planning for Transition" (9/7/2019-13/7/2019), Program committee
  • AESOP Annual Congress 2017 "Space of dialogue for places of dignity" (11/7/2018-14/7/2018), Program committee
  • AESOP Annual Congress 2018 "Making space for hope" (10/7/2018-14/7/2018), Program committee
  • World Planning School Congress 2016 "GLOBAL CRISIS, PLANNING & CHALLENGES TO SPATIAL JUSTICE IN THE NORTH AND IN THE SOUTH" (3/7/2016-8/7/2021), Program committee
  • AESOP Annual Congress 2015 "DEFINITE SPACE - FUZZY RESPONSIBILITY" (13/7/2015-16/7/2015), Program committee
  • AESOP Annual Congress 2014 "From Control to Co-evolution" (9/7/2014-12/7/2014), Program committee
  • 2nd AESOP Young Academics Conference "Looking Behind One's Nose", Program chair
  • 1st AESOP Young Academic Conference. CE3 - Central amd Easterm European Engagement (1/1/2007-10/2/2007), Program chair
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Other research or teaching roles outside Politecnico

  • Visiting Researcher, presso University of Tokyo (1/10/2017-16/9/2018)
  • Ricercatore, presso Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (1/10/2010-31/12/2011)
  • Visiting Professor, presso Wroclaw University of Technology (1/1/2010-1/7/2010)
  • Visiting Professor, presso University of Tartu (1/1/2010-1/6/2010)
  • Visiting Researcher, presso Newcastle University (20/2/2006-25/6/2006)

Research networks

Teaching

Collegi of the PhD programmes

  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2022/2023 (39. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2021/2022 (38. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2020/2021 (37. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2019/2020 (36. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2018/2019 (35. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2017/2018 (34. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2016/2017 (33. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2015/2016 (32. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2014/2015 (31. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2013/2014 (30. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
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Teaching and training projects

Projects funded by competitive calls

Research

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