Doctoral supervision

Completed projects

2014 “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” , Rongwiriyaphanich, S. . Promotor: Professor Vincent Nadin. Daily supervisor: Roberto Rocco. Defended in 2014. Keywords: Planning cultures, comparative planning studies, floodplain management, the commons. More information HERE.

2019 “Urban Informality Shaped by Labor: Addressing the spatial logics of favelas”, Ana Rosa Chagas Cavalcanti. Promotor: Professor Dick van Gameren. Co-promotor: Roberto Rocco. Defence in Sept. 2019.  Keywords: labour and urban form, favelas, urban geography, labour and space.

2021 Sergio Vieda (Colombia)  “Housing Informality beyond the Urban Poor: Spatialities, Public Institutions, and Social Injustice in Rich Settlements of Bogotá”, Gran Sasso Science Institute Italy. Main supervisor: Dr Francesco Chiodelli.  Roberto’s role: External advisor.

On-Going Projects

2021-2024 Promotor Yizhao DU (China). Working title: Sustainable development policies: promoter for sustainable transformation of secondary post-industrial cities or not? Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei mega-region, China as a study case. Roberto’s role: Promotor. Daily supervisor: Rodrigo Viseu Cardoso.

2021-2024 Promotor Fouad Alasiri (Saudi Arabia). Working title “Cultural and Social Norms Impact on Urban Policies. Public Participation in Saudi cities”. Roberto’s role: Promotor. Daily supervisor: Marcin Dabrowski.

2021-2024 Promotor Diwen TAN (China). Working title: “Cultural and ecological value of neglected spaces towards inclusive urbanism: a case study in Shenzhen”. Roberto’s role: Promotor. Daily supervisor: Gregory Bracken.

2020-2023 Promotor Amaal Abu-Ghoush (Palestine). Working title: “Cultural Heritage of Contested Cities: a study of Jerusalem urban morphology. Can a contested city be a city for all?” (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel). Roberto’s role: Promotor. Daily supervisor: Els Verbaken.

2020-2023 Co-promotor. Ana Jayone Yarza Perez (Spain). Working title: “Deep Adaptive Reuse: A response to the 21st century urban challenges”. (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel). Roberto’s role: Co-Promotor. Main promotor: Frank van der Hoeven.

2019-2022 Member of the supervisory panel of the thesis. Géraldine de Neuville,”Integrating, securing and formalising a (in)formal system of solid waste management by means of research by design”, Université de Louvain. Supervisors: Dr Jean-Philippe De Visscher and Dr Chloé Salembier. 

Membership of doctoral committees

OCT 2020. (TU Delft) Dr Rachel E. Keeton, “African New Towns: An adaptive, principle-based planning approach”. Promotors: Prof. V.J. (Han) Meyer Delft University of Technology, promotor, S. (Steffen) Nijhuis Delft University of Technology, promotor.

APR 2020. (POLITO) Dr. Maurizio Pioletti, “Spatial Governance in the Latin American and Caribbean Region: A survey on metropolitan areas in Brazil, Bolivia and Cuba”, Politecnico di Torino, Supervisors: Prof. Umberto Janin Rivolin, (Supervisor) and Prof. Luciana de Oliveira Royer, Universidade de São Paulo (Co-Supervisor).

OCT 2019. (UvA) Dr Sara Özogul, “Transformative Spatial Governance: New Avenues for Comprehensive Planning in Fragmented Urban Development”. University of Amsterdam, Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen. Promotor: Tuna Tasan-Kok.

MAY 2019 (UIC Barcelona) Dr Nasr Chamma,”Integrated Sustainable Settlements, as Future Refugee Camps. case-Studies: Syrian Refugee Settlements in Jordan, Turkey and Jordan”. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Carmen Mendoza Arroyo of UIC-Barcelona Co-supervisor: Prof. Dr. -Ing. Annette Rudolph-Cleff of TU-Darmstadt 

DEC 2017. (Universidad de Sevilla) 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. Promotors: D. Victoriano Sainz Gutierrez and D. Antonio Piñero Valverde.

JUNE 2016. (POLIMI) Dr Nabil Menhem, “The Role of the Resilience Concept in Informing Regional: Policy Approaches at Multiple Territorial Scales, Politecnico di Milano, Department of Planning. Promotor: Professor Bruno Dente, Chair of the Doctoral Program: Professor Costanzo Ranci.