Francesca Vanelli

Francesca is an Architect, Urban Planner, and Land Specialist. She is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow under the REDI Program, pursuing a Dual PhD Program at POLIMI and RMIT.

Her thematic interests include land and water management and policies, peri-urban areas, spatial planning, adaptive governance, social cohesion, and disaster and conflict risk management. She is a passionate early-stage researcher with a multi-faceted experience across scales and a published author.

Before starting her PhD, she worked for the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam (NL) following research, training and consultancy activities in the field of urban land governance. Previously, she was involved with NGOs and architecture companies. She graduated cum laude from the MSc. in Urban Management and Development at IHS in 2019, specialising in Urban Land Governance, with a thesis on the land titling policy in Tirana, Albania, and its social impact on informal settlers. In 2016 she obtained an MS. in Architecture at the University of Ferrara (IT), with awarded research on the climate-sensitive regeneration of the seafront of Havana, Cuba.