Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

Doctoral programme in architecture, city and design



regional planning and public policy

(three-year programme)



Palazzo Badoer

S. Polo 2468

30125 Venezia



tel. +39 041 1731 / 1865 / 1886 / 1787



coordinator: Anna Marson



Faculty body

UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia

Matteo Basso, Guido Borelli, Laura Fregolent, Francesca Gelli, Giovanna Marconi, Anna Marson, Francesco Musco, Elena Ostanel, Giuseppe Piperata, Carla Tedesco, Stefania Tonin


others universities

Giovanni Allegretti (UniversitÓ di Coimbra), Francesca Cognetti De Martiis (Politecnico di Milano), Marco Cremaschi (UniversitÓ di Roma Tre) Daniel Cefa´ (EHESS-Ecole des hautes Útudes en sciences sociales), Giovanni Laino (UniversitÓ Federico II di Napoli), Patrick Le-Gales (UniversitÚ Sciences Po), Francesc Munoz (AUB, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona), Gabriele Pasqui (Politecnico di Milano), Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (University of Westminster), Gilles Pinson (UniversitÚ Sciences Po), Brigida Proto (EHESS-Ecole des hautes Útudes en sciences sociales)



Pier Luigi Crosta, Giulio Ernesti, Liliana Padovani, Domenico Patassini, Margherita Turvani


phd students

Gianluca Bassanese, Nadia Sara Bregozzo, Fabio Carella, Linda Danieli, Gianmarco Di Giustino, Amedeo Fadini, Elena Ferraioli, Medea Ferrigo, Filippo Maria Faini, Cosimo Ferrigolo, Francesco Galli, Carlotta Giordani, Anna Giusti, Pietro Legnani, Giovanni Litt, Alessandra Longo, Stefania Marini, Nicol˛ Molinari, Jorge Geovanny Mosquera Suarez, Giovanna Muzzi, Mersida Ndrevataj, Erika Palmieri, Naomi Pedri Stocco, Sabrina Righi, Valentina Romero Silva, Federico Sartori, Silvia Sivo, Eugenia Spinelli, Olga Tzatzadaki, Francesco Ulivi





PhD research and training programme in Regional Planning and Public Policies – launched in the 1990-91 a.y. – focuses on the transversality of urban policies in the context of contemporary complex and heterogeneous urban societies, thus bringing to the fore the need for the adoption of a cross-cutting approach to urban policies analysis, at the same time calling attention to the much-needed integration of and between different forms of knowledge (ordinary, professional, scientific, interactive ...) as well as the exploration of different planning fields.

Internationally oriented, it encourages research studies in European and extra-European countries, with a growing interest in the transition countries.


The programme aims to broaden the comprehension of and facilitate innovative elaboration on the policy approach (theories and methods) as part of urban and territorial policies and planning processes’ studying.

At the analytical level, a policy approach is characterized by the attention to:

- the social and interactive construction of territorial plans and policies (a multiplicity of agents may be involved/mobilization in a policy inquiry and problem setting dealing with the elaboration and implementation of policies);

- the problem of agents’ enactment; what are the favourable conditions for joint action (motivations that agents have to act; expected and unforeseen outcomes of actions; agents’ networks; interdependences among agents as well as the effects produced by their actions). Theoretical and methodological contributions are to be derived from various disciplinary domains (sociology, anthropology, political sciences, history, economics, architecture and urbanism...);

- the observation of existing planning activities and practices, and especially the multitude of agents included and intervening in them, thus calling into question who qualifies for assuming particular planning competences (disciplinary, institutional, social) in a pluralized public action;

- the mechanisms for producing “useful knowledge” to facilitate more encompassing learning processes;

- tempo, time, timing in a planning process creation and development.

Research topics (to be studied/investigated with the aid of appropriate methodologies and research tools – single case study, comparative case analysis; ethnographic observation – and within a solid theoretical framework) include:

a) planning institutions: their functioning and innovative potentials and actions, on different territorial scales;

b) problems and conflicts related to the definition of “public interest”; the pluralisation of “the public”;

c) policymaking process: theories and practices of policy design and implementation; rationality models used in and kinds of knowledge needed for decision making and implementation (variety of information sources and analytical methods employed in the processes of government policymaking and social problem solving);

e) policymaking practices, plural practices of space use and territory construction conducted by many actors,á their interdependence, outcomes, regulation.


The programme is designed to provide comprehensive training for carrying out research studies and acquisition of expertise in main systems of spatial planning and urban policy-related areas (such as sustainable local development policies; climate changes and mitigation strategies; urban regeneration programmes; urban and rural development; infrastructural policies; environmental and social conflicts; place-based and participatory approaches to urban policy design and implementation; social innovation; ethnicity, multiculturalism and policy responses to diversity; etc.), but it is also flexible. Students can benefit from studying the topics and phenomena, which they find particularly thought-provoking, by designing the research path that best meets their interests, under the supervision of well-known scholars and researchers (in some cases an external member of the academic board).


Proposed activities

1.á first year:

seminar series, involving Italian and foreign scholars- visitors to discuss constitutive theoretical and methodological issues, and key concepts in urban studies;

a critical survey of planning and public policy literature which is to be undertaken by each PhD candidate;

research activities aiming at improving methodological skills;

identification and design of individual research programme;

2.á second year:

analysis of a policy case, recent or ongoing, developed by the PhD candidate usually during a research period abroad, in collaboration with foreign universities or other organizations, with relevant experts and scholars support;

definition of thesis statements and general structure of the dissertation;

3. third year:

composition, writing and discussion of the doctoral dissertation.

The PhD candidates’ participation in international and national scientific conferences where their written papers are presented, as well as the publications or submissions of articles for publication in scientific journals (peer-reviewed), are strongly encouraged during the first and second year and requested during the third year.