PhD in Urban Planning, Design and Policy


Luca Gaeta


Alice Buoli
Tel: + 39 349 8722998

Administrative Management

Marina Bonaventura, Marilena Mastalli
Tel: +39 02 2399 5165 / 5405
Fax: +39 02 2399 5435
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Call 2021 – 37th Cycle

The PhD programme in Urban Planning, Design and Policy grants five PhD positions (four fully paid) to start in November 2021.
The four scholarships are organised as follows:
– Three positions allow candidates to freely choose their own research topic.
– One position is based on the predefined research topic “Study of Smart Working and population relocation after the Covid_19 pandemic through social and internet traffic patterns”

Brochure UPDP_37th Cycle_2021

Related DASTU Research Fields

Cities, Landscapes, Territories
Welfare, Housing and Community Services

Mission and Goals

The PhD programme in Urban Planning, Design and Policy (UPDP) aims at exploring the significance and impact of contemporary urban changes and understanding the way these processes can be governed through planning, design and policy making activities. The programme pays specific attention to the transition towards new, more sustainable and equitable modes of urban development as well as to pro-active advancements in planning practices and to potential innovations in traditional urban studies, urban design and policy approaches.
The objective of the UPDP programme is to provide PhD students with analytical and interpretative tools as well as research methods to advance research frontiers in the field of urban studies, spatial planning, urban design, urban policy and governance.
This PhD programme welcomes foreign and Italian candidates. English is the official language of the programme, which takes advantage of the rich research milieu of the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU).
The PhD programme focuses on territorial, social, economic and institutional transformations in contemporary cities, and aims at discussing them as a complex of intertwined phenomena, which calls for new governance, planning and design approaches.
Based on a multidisciplinary approach, the UPDP programme offers to PhD candidates a challenging environment with space for international debate, research, experimentation and innovation.

Calendar, enrolment information, detailed programmes, professional orders accreditation and all other information

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PhD Handbook

Download HERE UPDP PhD Handbook