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E. (Emma) Puerari, Dr

Assistant Professor Urban Design and Planning


Emma's research is focusing on the role of design in enabling spatial and institutional transformation within territories. Her experitise is focused on the interplay of planning and design domains in sustainability transition processes. The core of her research develops around urban (and territorial) service design with a focus on the related governance models (3Ps and 4Ps models). In this respect, the territorial impact of co-creation and co-production processes are a crucial part of her research interests. 

Key words:- Urban Innovation and the related enabling role of Design - Urban Public Service Innovation and Governance- Urban Sustainability Transition - Urban Living Labs- Community Participation in Planning.

The way to her current position: She holds a Ph.D. in Territorial Design and Government from Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) (2016). She has been Post-doc researcher at TU Delft, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and visiting researcher at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) (2016-2018). She has been active as researcher and manager on several national and European research projects: Participatory City Making, NWO-STW, for TU Delft and DRIFT (2016-2018); Community Participation in Planning, Erasmus +, for DAStU POLIMI (2015-2016); MyNeighbourhood|MyCity, EU-CIP PSP Grant Agreement no 325227 for DAStU POLIMI (2013-2015); Periphèria, EU-CIP PSP Grant Agreement no 271015, for DAStU POLIMI (2012-2013). Next to her research activities, she has been teaching in several courses in different bachelor and master programmes at the three Universities she has been working at.

Other positions

- Member of CASUS (
- Member of Urban and Regional Studies Institute (
- Member of the Graduate School of Spatial Sciences (
- Editorial Board Italian Journal of Planning Practice (
- Programme Committee of the Communities and Technologies Conference 2017 & 2019 (
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Assistant Professor in Urban Design and Planning