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I am an architect, urban designer and spatial planner who graduated at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. I I am a Master in Spatial Planning by the same University and a PhD in Spatial Planning by TU Delft, The Netherlands.  I am currently senior Assistant Professor at the group of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the TU Delft.

I’m responsible for course development and delivery, both academic and studio based. I manage the Summer School Planning and Design With Water, which gathers 80 students every July at TU Delft. I led the Netherlands Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS) for three years.

Senior Assistant Professor at the Group of Spatial Planning and Strategy (tenured).

Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft),The Netherlands.

Former President of the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS) (2013-2016). Now secretary to NALACS.

Summary of skills

  • More than 15 years experience researching and teaching spatial planning theory and methods, urban geography and scientific research methodology. I have a

    University Teaching Qualification (BKO) delivered by TU Delft, which is evidence of didactic proficiency of lecturers in academic education.

  • 10 years experience in spatial plan development in an academic environment.
  • Superior ability to develop and manage courses, workshops and training programs related to spatial planning and urban and regional design for an international audience. Among other activities, I manage the Summer School “Planning and Design with Water”, which gathers 80 foreign students every July at the Department of Urbanism at TU Delft.
  • Experience in conceptualising, developing, implementing and evaluating content in spatial planning and design education. Superior ability to create and share
    teaching materials. Excellent use of web-based platforms and social media as educational tools. Experience in developing and teaching MOOCS. Among other courses, I have developed the “Methodology for Urbanism” course, in partnership with the ‘Research into Practice Group’ at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. I have also developed a methodology course for AMS Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions and TU Delft, with Clemens Driessen (Wageningen University).
  • Excellent aptitude to communicate and teach in multicultural environments where a cross-cultural perspective is necessary. Superior ability to deal with cultural differences in a multicultural learning environment. An example of exercise developed to deal with cultural differences and educational background are Mind Maps, which are used in a specific way for Urbanism students.
  • Excellent ability to work and a team and capacity for flexibility to reach consensus. Excellent capacity for mediation and conduction of workshops and debates. Among other activities, I chaired NALACS, the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
  • Excellent ability to establish and maintain good professional rapport, and to communicate orally and in writing in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. I am able to write academically and communicate orally to an excellent level in these four languages. I have a CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) by the University of Cambridge. Good knowledge of Dutch.
  • Extensive experience in editorial work, proofreading and assessing academic and non-academic texts. I am a frequent reviewer for Cities, IPHS Journal, and other publications. I am a member of the editorial board of two highly ranked academic journals in Brazil (Revista da Pos and Revista Brasileira de Estudos Urbanos e Regionais)
  • Solid experience in writing reports and academic articles and in publishing. Currently focusing on issues of regional and metropolitan governance; spatial justice and the right to the city applied to development studies, procedural justice, networked governance, informal urbanisation and territorial management. An example of project I have participated as a researchers is PLEEC, Planning for Energy Efficiency Cities, where I helped develop the structure of Work Package 4  (structure Driven Energy Efficiency) and was responsible for a case-study in the UK (Stoke-on-Trent).
  • Excellent ability to build and manage online content, especially BLOGS and social media. Among the BLOGS I manage are the Spatial Planning and Strategy BLOG, the Summer School BLOG and the BLOG Planning Latin America.

Professional experience

Assistant Professor, Chair Spatial Planning and Strategy, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands (2008 – present)
Responsible for course development in the areas of spatial planning theory and research methodology applied to urban studies; leader of design and planning graduation studios at Masters and post Masters levels; academic supervision of masters and doctoral students.
Tasks include 

Master and doctoral students supervision

Course building

Content development



Organisation and leadership

Communication and marketing

Research leadership

Conference organisation

Visiting Fellow at the University of Copenhagen, DK, Department of Earth Sciences and Nature Management, Landscape Architecture and Planning. October/November 2013.

Comparative research into governance, planning systems and planning measures for energy efficiency in small cities in Western Europe. Activity funded by The University of Copenhagen in the framework of PLEEC (Planning for Energy Efficient Cities, FP-7 funded project).

Researcher at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, Social Sciences Arts and Humanities Research Institute. 2009-2011.

Research into areas of design and creative practice and their relationship with academic traditional research. This was a research into philosophy of science and methodology. Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Tasks used to include:

  • Conducting research in philosophy of science and issues concerning academic research in areas of creative practice, such as urban design and planning, and all connected activities (writing, publishing and participating in conferences)
  • Delivering a doctoral research training courses as a lecturer
  • Organizing workshops and lectures
  • Developing a methodology course for the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft
  • Participation in various conferences and seminars

Prior to my appointment as Assistant Professor at TU Delft, I was a doctoral candidate at the same institution. I was entirely funded by the university with a teaching contract and therefore needed to teach and publish like any other regular research staff since 2004. This is why my teaching experience predates my appointment as Assistant Professor. Previous to my work at TU Delft, I acted as an assistant lecturer at the University of São Paulo, as I was completing my post-graduate Masters in Spatial Planning there.

Academic development

Doctoral degree, TU Delft; Delft, The Netherlands − 2004-2008. Title of the dissertation: “An Urban Geography of Globalisation: New urban structures in the age of hyper connectivity”. Funded by TU Delft.

Tasks included research in economic geography and urban/spatial transformation under globalisation, publishing, conferences & congresses participation (please, see publication list below), lectures at various organisations and participation as keynote speaker in congresses and events. Title obtained: PhD in spatial planning. Supervised by Professor J. Rosemann. The thesis was published in book format: ROCCO, R. 2008. An Urban Geography of Globalisation: New Urban Structures in the Age of Hyper-connectivity, Delft, IFoU. ISBN: 978-90-78658-06-1.

Post-graduate Masters in Spatial Planning (Academic Masters), University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil − 1999-2002. Title of the thesis: “ The Faria Lima Urban Operation: a study of a partnership mechanism between State and private initiative in the city of Sao Paulo in the 1990s”. Funded by FAPESP (State of São Paulo Research Council).

Tasks included doing research on urban policy and urban transformation under conditions of liberalisation of the economy. Title obtained: post-graduate Masters ‘Cum Laude’ (recommendation for publication). Supervised by Professor Dr. S. Schiffer.

Bursary Alfa-Ibis Programme (EU), TU Delft, Delft, 2000. Funded by the EU.

Tasks included doing research on urban-related themes with emphasis on globalisation, governance and urban transformation. No particular title obtained.

Assistant lecturer, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, 1999. Funded by FAPESP (State of São Paulo Research Council).

Tasks included the preparation of lectures, seminars and assistance to students. This was funded by FAPESP within the PAE (Training Program for Higher Education Teaching).

Post graduate Masters (French DEA), Institut Français d’Urbanisme Marne-la-Valée, 1997. Privately funded.

DEA Urbanisme et Aménagement, Masters in Urban Planning with emphasis on Third World Metropolises (course not completed).

Bachelor in Architecture and Planning, University of São Paulo, São Paulo − 1990-1996.

Graduation course on Architecture and Urban Planning. Final graduation dissertation on Urban Transformation in São Paulo under conditions of accentuated liberalisation of the economy. Supervised by Dr. V. Pallamin (5580 hours).

Junior research assistantship (‘Scientific Initiation’), University of São Paulo, São Paulo − 1991-1992. Funded by CNPq (Brazilian National Council for Scientific Research)

Faculty of Architecture, Department of History of Architecture. Research on urban culture and public cultural policies in the city of São Paulo during the Worker’s Party Mayor L. Erundina administration (1989-1992).

Canadian Studies (summer course), Concordia University, Montreal, June-July 1992. Funded by the Canadian Government and FAPESP (State of Sao Paulo Research Council)

University of São Paulo, Institute of Brazilian Studies and Concordia University of Montreal, Canada. Canadian Culture and Society at Concordia University summer school.

Other relevant professional experience

Instituto Polis, São Paulo, Brazil, 2003 (freelance)

Polis Institute for Study, Training and Consultancy in Urban Policies, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. , Renato Cymbalista:

Research in urban policy and land use issues

Editora Globo (Publishing House), São Paulo, 2002-2003 (freelance)

Text reviewer and translation advisor in the areas of Foreign Literature and Science, Joaci Pereira Furtado:

Urban Planning Institute of the Slovenian Republic, Liubliana May-July 1997 (internship)

Training in urban management and design with the development of an urban project for the area of Mazoljce, Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, under the supervision of Ir. Ivan Stanic:

Language teacher for the British Council in Brazil, São Paulo, 1994-1996 (full-time)

Teacher of English, up to upper intermediate levels. Sociedade Brasileira de Cultura Inglesa (British Council), This included intensive training in teaching techniques.

Language teacher for Berlitz Language School, São Paulo, 1988-1993 (full time employment)

Teacher of English, French and Spanish up to upper intermediate levels. Berlitz school of languages in Sao Paulo. This post included intensive training in teaching techniques.

Funded projects and scholarships

2016-2018: Researcher for COHESIFY: Funded under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, COHESIFY aims to understand what citizens think of the European Structural and Investment Funds, which invests more than €50 billion a year in projects creating jobs, promoting innovation, improving the environment and upgrading infrastructure in regions across the EU. A key question for this multi-disciplinary study is whether these investment funds affect people’s support for and identification with the European project.

2013-2016: Researcher at Planning for Energy Efficient Cities (FP7 project Energy-Smart Cities 2012) funded by the European Commission as partners with a number of municipalities and universities led by the city of Eskilstuna in Sweden. I am one of the people in charge of organising the work package of our university.

2009- 2011: Assistant researcher at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, Social Sciences Arts and Humanities Research Institute at Research into Practice Group. Research into areas of design and creative practice and their relationship with academic traditional research. Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

2004-2007: Fully funded Doctoral Research programme at the Delft University of Technology. Title: “An Urban Geography of Globalisation: New urban structures in the age of hyper connectivity”.

2000: Scholarship for postgraduate research at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) funded by the Alfa fellowship programme (co-operation between Higher Education Institutions of the European Union and Latin America) of Development and Cooperation programme of the European Commission.

1999-2001: Full scholarship for the postgraduate masters programme of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Sao Paulo (FAUUSP), resulting in the thesis: This research was supervised by Professor Sueli R. Schiffer and funded by The state of Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

1992-1994: Bursary in the national programme for young researchers training at the Department of History of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Sao Paulo (FAUUSP). Research assistant to Professor Maria Cecilia França Lourenço (History of Art). Funded by the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).


2015: BKO Certificate: University Teaching Qualification (‘Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs‘ or BKO) delivered by TU Delft. The BKO is evidence of the didactic proficiency of lecturers in academic education.

2010: Course “Supervising the Supervisor”, Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research. Course on doctoral supervision.

2009: Course “Research Project Management”, TBM Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft. Course on research project management.

2005: Course “Academic Writing”, TBM Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft.

Courses in bibliography management, web design and academic writing.


Member of Doctoral Defense Committees

DEC 2017. Dr. Irene Luque Martin,  “Descodificando la Planificación Urbana Contemporánea: Hacia una alternativa metodológica para una planificación colaborativa”. University of Sevilla, Department of Urbanism and Territorial Management. Supervisors: D. Victoriano Sainz Gutierrez, D. Antonio Piñero Valverde.

JUNE 2016. Dr. Nabil Menhem, “The Role of the Resilience Concept in Informing Regional: Policy Approaches at Multiple Territorial Scales, Politecnico di Milano, Department of Planning. Supervisor: Professor Bruno DENTE, Chair of the Doctoral Program:Professor Costanzo RANCI.

2014. Dr. Suwanna Rongwiriyaphanich, “Understanding culture in territorial management and its implications for spatial planning: The case of floodplain management in urbanised delta regions in the Netherlands and Thailand“, Delft University of Technology, Department of  Urbanism, Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy. Supervisor: Professor Vincent Nadin, Daily supervisor: Roberto Rocco.

Keynote speeches at conferences

(This list includes only invitations as keynote speaker. It does not include participation in conferences and seminars as presenter)

  1. LANDaC International Land Conference Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development30 June – 1 July 2016, Muntgebouw, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
  2. Salzburg Congress for Urban Planning and Development (SCUPAD), May 12 – 15, 2016, Cities Beyond Tools: Confronting Poverty & Climate Change, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  and SCUPAD Student Workshop, May 16-20, 2016.
  3. New Urban Languages: Re-imaging the city after the knowledge-based turn (Milan June 2013). Lecture: What is Governance and why it is important for urban planning and designing”.
  4. International Conference on River Basin Planning and Management (Taipei, May 2013), New Taipei City Hall, Discussant to information and management project devised by NCKU for the government of Taiwan.
  5. iCities International Forum on Innovative Planning (Tainan, May 2013), National Cheng-Kung University at Tainan (Taiwan): “Operating Sustainability: Teaching Sustainability on Planning Education”: Title of speech: Integrating Sustainability into Planning Education from an International Perspective. Presentation available at:
  6. International Conference on Urban Development (Prague, May 2013), organised by cabinet of the mayor of Prague and the Stavebni Forum. Lecture: “The emergence of regional governance”. Lecture available at
  7. 44th SCUPAD Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development (Salzburg, May, 2012), “Front page Planning: Before and After Major Events, Disasters, and Social Unrest” Lecture: “Rio Olympic Legacy: Missed Opportunities”. Presentation available at:
  8. iCities International Forum on Innovative Planning (Tainan, October 2012) National Cheng-Kung University at Tainan (Taiwan): “Globalisation and Planning Education”. Lecture ”Teaching for Urbanism: A didactical experience in a newly academicized area”. Presentation available at:
  9. International Seminar “From Creative Cities to Urban Creativity: Economy, Culture and Governance in the Contemporary City” (Lisbon, December 2009), Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon.Lecture: “Cultural Policies for the Dual City: Culture, Territory and Citizenship in Sao Paulo”. Presentation available at:
  10. IV Projetar 2009: Design as Research: Teaching, Research and Practice (Sao Paulo, October 2009), Mackenzie Presbyterian University of Sao Paulo, Lecture: “A pedagogical proposal in an area of epistemological uncertainty”
  11. 37th SCUPAD Salzburg Congress for Urban Planning and Development (Salzburg, May 2006). “Rapidly Expanding Cities in an Urbanising World”. Lecture: “Building a South American Metropolis: Issues of Development in Sao Paulo, Brazil”. Presentation available at

Organisation of conferences

  • Leading organiser of the UTC Urban Thinkers Campus “Education for the City We Need” at TU Delft, June 2017: a 3-day symposium following the format proposed by the World Urban Campaign “The Urban Thinkers Campus model is an initiative of UN-Habitat conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban researchers, professionals, and decision-makers who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to positive urban transformations. It is also intended as a platform to build consensus between partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges and proposing solutions to urban futures”.
  • Former chairman of NALACS (the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies). Association based at CEDLA (the Dutch inter-university Centre for Latin American Studies and Documentation. Tasks: coordination and communication.
  • Member of NUL board (New Urban Languages Conference) organized jointly by the Politecnico di Milano and the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. Task: member of scientific committee in charge of selecting abstracts, organization.
  • Organisation of the conference “Jane Jacobs 100: A celebration of the life and legacy of Jane Jacobs and a look forward”, in 24-25 May 2016, in partnership with Erasmus University College.  resulting in the book “Jane Jacobs is Still Here”.
  • Organisation of the conference “Cities and Citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean”,, NALACS (Netherlands Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies) and TU Delft, 16-17 June 2016, Delft University of Technology, resulting in the book Cities and Citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Conference track leader


Member of editorial boards

  •  The Revista Brasileira de Estudos Urbanos e Regionais (Brazilian Review of Urban and Regional Studies)  is connected to ANPUR, the National Association of Post Graduate Studies and Research on Urban and Regional Planning. ANPUR is a nation-wide organisation that has been active for more than 30 years.
  • The  Revista da Pos, the review of Post-Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo .
  • I am also a frequent reviewer for Cities, IPHS Journal and other publications.

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