Emma Puerari

Emma Puerari
University of Groningen | RUG · Department of Spatial Planning and Environment

PhD in Territorial Design and Government

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Introduction
PhD in Territorial Design and Government at DAStU, Polimi. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. She worked at TU Delft and at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions as Postdoc Researcher. Before, she was employed at DAStU as Researcher. Her expertise focuses on the interplay of planning and design domains in sustainability transition processes. She has been member of several research groups working on National and European Research Projects.
Additional affiliations
October 2018 - present
University of Groningen
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
October 2016 - September 2018
Delft University of Technology
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Participatory City Making Project: https://participatorycitymaking.nl/
October 2016 - September 2018
DRIFT Dutch Research Institute for Transitions
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Participatory City Making project: https://participatorycitymaking.nl/
Education
October 2018 - January 2020
University of Groningen
Field of study
  • Higher Education
March 2014 - May 2014
Katholieke University of Leuven
Field of study
  • European Module in Spatial Development and Planning
November 2012 - February 2016
Politecnico di Milano
Field of study
  • Urban Planning

Publications

Publications (25)
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Purpose – More and more cities are challenged by the general ineffectiveness of the public spending programme management and by the economic crisis. This affects the quality of urban services and the quality of urban lives. Coherently with this trend an international discussion started on the governance model behind urban service production: a mode...
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Purpose – The proposed paper discusses the role of public institutions in fostering innovation of public services, focussing on the emergent nature of innovation. In particular it analyses the opportunity for urban administrations to play the role of “growers” (i.e. “capturers, ”, drivers and facilitators) of scaling-up processes, of urban forces s...
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Purpose – The main tenet of this paper is to analyse the contribution given by urban socio-ecological systems (Ostrom & Cox, 2010), such as those created through of platforms of co-design and cooperation linked to public urban space life and transformations, effectively defined as urban living-labs (Concilio & Molinari, 2014) to knowledge-sharing p...
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The topic of pinpointing Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) in the urban context has been cultivating interests lately from different scholars, urban planning practitioners and policymakers. This Special Issue originates from the Greening Cities Shaping Cities Symposium held at the Politecnico di Milano (12–13 October 2020), aiming at bridging the gap be...
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The topic of pinpointing Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) in the urban context has been cultivating interests lately from different scholars, urban planning practitioners and policy- makers. This Special Issue originates from the Greening Cities Shaping Cities Symposium held at the Politecnico di Milano (12–13 October 2020), aiming at bridging the gap...
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This paper explores the roles and practices of collective citizen engagement in spatial planning. Drawing on a selection of core articles in planning scholarship, it investigates how citizens (re-)shape urban places by responding to perceived flaws in how spatial planning addresses societal challenges. Formal planning interventions are often spatia...
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Cities are facing the challenge to maintain and upgrade urban infrastructures and establish effective, open and participative innovation processes to develop public services able to respond to citizens' needs. This research considers public services in urban environments fundamental for value creation and for the experimentation of governance model...
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The Corona crisis questions basic understandings of the relation between people, communities and spaces. It influences how society uses space and focuses our perspective on the importance of critical infrastructures, public services, and community networks. Which “new normals” regarding the changes in use of space by communities might emerge during...
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In light of the challenges imposed by climate change, many countries are ‘planning’ for energy transition. Interactions between different actors in transition arenas, help shift the current complex socio-technological energy system towards a new sustainable one. A critical issue is integrating the new energy system with other land-uses and spatial...
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Today, citizens, professionals, civil servants, social enterprises, and others form different types of coalitions to overcome the challenges facing our modern cities. In this paper, the particularities of these types of groups are characterised and categorised into ten different types of city makers. Generally, these types of city makers bring valu...
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Citizens and urban policy makers are experimenting with collaborative ways to tackle wicked urban issues, such as today’s sustainability challenges. In this article, we consider one particular way of collaboration in an experimental setting: Urban Living Labs (ULLs). ULLs are understood as spatially embedded sites for the co-creation of knowledge a...
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This article aims to unravel the tensions that obstruct participatory city making: the processes in which government, entrepreneurs and citizens co-create new solutions for urban challenges. Participatory city making is explored and conceptualised through an empirical grounded study of local civil servants and citizen initiatives in Rotterdam. Thro...
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Cities are complex environments where different actors and stakeholders co-exist and learn how to live together. Within these complex environments, different types of citizens initiatives are arising that we consider to be important starting points for achieving urban transformations to sustainability. These kind of initiatives, typically enacted b...
Technical Report
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Community Participation in Planning (CPiP) was a two year collaborative project involving Ulster University (UK), Community Places (UK), the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the Politecnico di Milano (Italy). CPiP was funded through the European Union's (EU) Erasmus+ programme, supporting education and training activities in order to foster qual...
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2 Community Participation in Planning (CPiP) was a two year collaborative project involving Ulster University (UK), Community Places (UK), the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the Politecnico di Milano (Italy). CPiP was funded through the European Union's (EU) Erasmus+ programme, supporting education and training activities in order to foster qu...
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The proposed paper considers that cities are facing challenges to maintain urban infrastructure and establish efficient, open and participative innovation processes to jointly create the applications and services able to respond to citizens’ needs and to develop more inclusive and democratic urban processes. It accounts urban services as crucial fa...
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The paper aims to explore how some initiatives emerging in the urban environment are able to activate the mechanisms of innovation of urban services. These initiatives trigger formal and informal mechanisms of experimentation of governance, which include people, institutions and private actors, affect the relationships that develop between them and...
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The proposed paper considers urban services affecting space and place as crucial elements for the innovation of urban governance. Cities are facing challenges to maintain and upgrade urban infrastructures and establish efficient, open and participative innovation processes in the management of urban services. The public-private partnerships has sta...
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The present book presents a novel perspective of the innovation process, focusing on the strategic role that may be played by tradition as a source upon which building novelty and shaping competition. Following the recombinant view of innovation, which sees knowledge creation as a recombination associated with the development of a new product, proc...
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This paper investigates the possibility of making visible what is usually invisible in the urban design conceptualization phase. An evaluation system, constituting a basic guide for the assessment of sustainability for urban design projects, acting both on the existing and the new fabric, is presented here. The proposed system translates the comple...
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Il paper si propone di esplorare i meccanismi di innovazione dei servizi urbani. In particolare si concentra sul ruolo che possono svolgere le amministrazioni catturando un evidente potenziale intrinseco dei sistemi urbani ovvero quelle forze urbane singolari, isolate, in alcuni casi minute, eppure capaci di proporre, e addirittura implementare in...

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Projects (7)
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The My Neighbourhood project will combine new digital technologies and techniques, such as social gaming principles (gamification), with the Living Lab methodology to help strengthen existing ties and resolve communal issues in the real, day-to-day world of the neighbourhood. The solution will be rooted in an open My Neighbourhood site that 1) combines the data and functionality of existing City Information Apps (i.e. MyCityWay, Foursquare) with new tools that connect people locally both on- and offline and 2) uses gamification to encourage people to get involved with their own neighbourhoods and engage their family and friends to do the same. Building upon the six recognised levels of social innovation, the My Neighbourhood Living Lab approach will utilise new technologies and ontologies to develop local innovation environments that help to 1) rebuild neighbourhoods, 2) empower neighbourhoods and 3) scale neighbourhood value in a manner that reconnects people, recreate communities and, ultimately, make cities smarter. The ultimate aim of My Neighbourhood pilots will be to kick-start a viral effect wherein neighbours and friends (within cities and across Europe) use the My Neighbourhood site to reconnect with one another, share new ideas, create new ways of interacting and help make their lives better.
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The Corona crisis questions basic understandings of the relation between people, communities and spaces. It influences how society uses space and focuses our perspective on the importance of critical infrastructures, public services and community networks. This project aims to