My Research Projects

Funded projects and scholarships

2017-2018 [ongoing]: 


cohesify_logo_web_8The COHESIFY project funded by the Horizon2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is investigating whether people in Europe are aware of the EU’s Regional Policy programmes or projects in their regions and in how far they identify with the EU. In particular, the project investigates how, on the one hand, (1) the ways in which the funding is used and its results communicated, and, on the other hand, (2) the characteristics of the regions where it is used (territorial, socio-economic, institutional), affect the ways in which citizens perceive the EU.

For two years, a consortium of 8 partner universities across Europe and 2 SMEs – among them a team from the TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (Urbanism and OTB) – is conducting multi-disciplinary research on the topic. In the current context of Brexit and discussions on the future of Cohesion Policy at European level, the project is very much needed to give orientation and guidance to politicians and policy-makers at the European, national and regional levels. One of the main objectives is to better understand the relationship between the levels of EU-funding received in certain regions and the level of support to the European Union achieved. For example, Wales and Cornwall in the United Kingdom, is a relatively peripheral region that lags in economic development, and thus also one of the so-called “net-beneficiary regions”, receiving more money from the European Union’s Cohesion policy funds than what it pays. Despite this, the Welsh and Cornish citizens have voted “leave” this summer. Why? Has the use of the EU funds been ineffective or perhaps have the results gone unnoticed by the wider public? With nationalism on the rise in many European countries, there is a growing concern whether the European Union is still reaching its citizens today and whether the money is well spent in this respect. Therefore, one of the fields of interest will also be to analyse the communication campaigns on EU Regional funding that were conducted in numerous regions.

TU Delft COHESIFY team: Marcin Dąbrowski, Ana Maria Fernandez Maldonado, Bardia Mashhoodi (Chair of Environmental Technology & Design), Prof. Vincent Nadin, Roberto Rocco, Marjolein Spaans (OTB), Dominic Stead, Prof. Wil Zonneveld.

2015-2018: The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanisation: Book project. This project is related to various ongoing initiatives, including the Research Group INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT led by Ana Maria F. Maldonado and me at the Department of Urbanism of  the TU Delft and several networking actions towards constituting a research community on issues related to urbanisation processes in developing and transition economies. For a complete overview of this project, please click HERE.

2013-2016: Planning for Energy Efficient Cities: Researcher for the project  (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. Participation in WP4 development at the University of  Copenhagen, led by Christian Feltner. Responsible for case Stoke-on-Trent (UK). pleec-blauer-hintergrund

2009- 2011: Assistant researcher at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, Social Sciences Arts and Humanities Research Institute. 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).


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