Luca Calafati

PhD Student in Urban Studies, University of Milano-Bicocca


From January 14 to January 24, 2019

Biography —

Personal Website

Luca is a social researcher from Milan. His main research interests are strategic urban planning, new urban economies and sustainable local development. Luca has conducted a number of academic and applied researches. Some of its latest/on-going projects include designing the strategic plan for the Rimaflow Cooperative in Milan (Italy) and the regeneration strategy for the Morriston ward in Swansea (Wales, UK), in partnership with the University of Manchester and Coastal Housing. He is also a PhD student in Urban Studies (URBEUR Programme) at the University of Milano-Bicocca and member of the Foundational Economy Group and the Squatting Europe Collective. He is working on a thesis on Reinventing Municipalism.

Project —

The project is to write up with prof. Karel Williams the research on Morriston into a public interest report. This is a pilot attempt to rethink urban policy and local development strategy for the periphery and from the bottom-up by focusing on one district of a middle-sized city Swansea, which is by standard economic criteria not grossly deprived but averagely unsuccessful. We are trying to understand how Morriston works for different kinds of household by developing a new concept of foundational liveability and a new methodology to understand places.