Alumni 2020


Francesca Ferlicca is a PhD fellow in Regional Planning and Public Policy at the University of Venice. Her research interest lies in housing policies for the informal city, especially in the Latin American context.  She is an urban planner graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Department of Urban Studies of University of Roma Tre, with a thesis regarding the role of Universities in urban and local development, with a specific focus on the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area. She worked as an urban planner in Argentina, in the public sector at the Ministry of Environment and Public Space (Government of Buenos Aires City), in a think tank for policy making, Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC) and as a consultant for the masterplan of the Municipality of Hurlingham (Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area). She was assistant professor at the Urban Planning Chair of Professor Alfredo Garay (Faculty of Architecture of the University of Buenos Aires). Recently she organized an international urban planning workshop in Buenos Aires for the Sciences Po Urban School.

Emilio Berríos Álvarez I’m Architect (PUC), M.Sc. in Urban Management (TU Berlin), and currently doing my Ph.D. in Engineering Science at PUC, regarding “Urban cohesión and collective spaces", based on a multidisciplinary approach. Professionally I have been involved in: academic research regarding built environment and mobility; project development at local government; and the implementation of the participatory neighborhood upgrading program “Quiero mi Barrio”, on the biggest Chilean ghetto.

Hafsa Idrees is an experienced entrepreneur and a researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the field of anthropology and urban studies. After doing masters (in anthropology) from Pakistan, she did masters in development studies and is now currently doing PhD from the University of Passau, Germany, in urban sociology with a focus on South East Asia and South Asia. Having co-founded the only self publishing house in Pakistan in 2013, she has also been working closely with the local writers especially from ethnic and religious minorities. Hafsa also has the honor of receiving Chancellor Medal for her M.phil degree in anthropology from Quaid-i-Azam University, which is the highest academic accolade any student can receive in Pakistan.

Juliette Marin is a civil engineer from the École des Ponts-ParisTech (France), holds a MSc. in civil engineering from The University of Tokyo (Japan) and is specialized in earthquake engineering and disaster risk reduction. She is currently on her second year in the Doctoral program of Territory, Space and Society of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Chile, under the supervision of Enrique Aliste. Her doctoral research proposes a reinterpretation of territorial concepts such as resilience and adaptation, considering the influence of the positions of scientists in the global North and the global South for the construction, transfer and promotion of epistemological and conceptual models, with the aim of building a situated framework of resilience for South American contexts. Juliette has participated in applied research on structural dynamics, heritage and disaster risk, risk institutionality and scientific-technological transfer projects towards the Chilean public sector from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Sukanya Bhaumik  is a PhD student (Development Studies) at ISEC (Institute for Social and Economic Change) at Bengaluru, India. Her research thesis is titled ‘Fiscal gaps in Cities: Case of Select ULBs in India’. She has a Masters in Urban Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad India. Her research interests are in urban service delivery, municipal finances and role of civil society in improving governance structures in developing countries. Through hr PhD research she intend to understand the causes of the fiscal gaps  in two of India’s mega cities: Mumbai and Bengaluru. As a young development professional, she wants to contribute to the development of her country through evidence-based research and advocacy, her PhD research is the most important milestone in this direction.

Tracy Commodore obtained a Bachelor degree in Geography with Economics in 2015 and a Masters degree in Geography and Resource Development in 2018 both from the University of Ghana, Legon. During her M.Phil. programme, she had the opportunity to learn how livelihoods have been enhanced through environmental protection in different case studies. Her research interests are in the areas of urbanization, gender and development. She has worked several terms as a field assistant in research and currently a graduate assistant at the Centre for Gender Studies and advocacy (CEGENSA). Miss Commodore is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER).

Rita Aazan is a PhD student at University of Jean-Jaurès, (France). Her research interest lies in mobility development and the links between economic and social interaction. Seeking to find the possibilities of removing the obstacles to the use of public transport in Beirut. Graduated as an Architect Engineer at the Holy Spirit Univesity of Kaslik (Lebanon) and as an Urban Planner at École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’État (France) with a thesis regarding the interaction between space planning and security practices in a crowded urban area. She worked in several international organization regarding security and social safety, in parallel to humanitarian works she worked at various engineering companies on a wide variety of projects starting from analyzing cities, creation of model and execution plans. She managed projects from design stage through to successful completion.

Elena Taviani is an Architect and a PhD candidate in Urban Studies at GSSI – Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila. Elena grew up in L’Aquila and graduated in Architecture at University of Rome “La Sapienza” after having conducted an intensive period of study in Lisbon and later her masterthesis research in Cape Verde, West Africa. Her research focuses on the exploration of social inequalities in contemporary cities and, in particular, on the urban dimension of ‘race’. She is currently working on the analysis of how ‘race’, as a social construct, emerges and operates in Lisbon, a city of the European South, a dense site of postcolonial tensions and neoliberal entanglements.

Francesca Uleri is Temporary Research Fellow at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, working in the fields of Rural Sociology and Critical Food and Agrarian Studies. She obtained a Ph.D. in Agro-Food System from the UNICATT (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart) with a thesis focused on the analysis of the changes in the land access system, labour organization and food security level under the commoditization of quinoa in the Bolivian Southern Highlands. During her PhD, she has been visiting scholar at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (La Paz-Bolivia) and the University of Wageningen (NL). Her research interests are mostly addressed to the study of the contemporary (labour) agrarian questions, development of inner areas in Italy, and current evolution of the peasant economies.

Daniela Villouta Gutiérrez is an Architect from the Universidad del Bío-Bío (Chile), has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Universidad de Chile, specialized in urban restructuring processes, gentrification, daily mobility and mobility capital measurements. Currently she is an ANID scholar and CEDEUS thesis candidate (Chile), she is currently on her first year in the PhD program of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, under the supervision of Margarita Greene. Her doctoral research questions the relationship between the spatial configuration of the built environment and the daily mobility practiced by subjects and the role they would have in the consolidation of urban inequality in metropolitan cities. She proposes an approach from the capital of mobility and the theory of Spatial Syntax to understand how and to what extent the built environment affects the potential to be mobile available to subjects, specifically in Latin American cities undergoing urban restructuring.