Vanessa Assumma

Vanessa Assumma
University of Bologna | UNIBO · Department of Architecture DA

Ph.D. - MUP - B.Plan
Development of integrated frameworks to support DMs in the envisioning of resilient and sustainable transformations

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Introduction
Vanessa is assistant professor b) senior ICAR/22 at Department of Architecture (DA), Unibo. She obtained a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Development cum laude at Politecnico di Torino in 2021. Graduated in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning at PoliTo in 2016. She is involved in research activities on the resilience of socio-ecological systems, planning evaluation and strategic assessment.
Additional affiliations
September 2021 - present
Politecnico di Torino
Position
  • PostDoc Position
November 2017 - October 2020
Politecnico di Torino
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
February 2014 - February 2016
Politecnico di Torino
Field of study
  • Territorial, Urban, Environmental, Landscape Planning
October 2011 - December 2013
Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria
Field of study
  • Territorial, Urban, Environmental Planning

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Publications (33)
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The present paper focuses on the role covered by dynamic models as support for the decision-making process in the evaluation of policies and actions for increasing the resilience of cities and territories. In recent decades, urban resilience has been recognized as a dynamic and multidimensional phenomenon that characterizes urban and metropolitan a...
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Nowadays, the topics related both to the safeguard and the valorization of cultural heritage and cultural assets are getting more attention in the political agenda. Innovative approaches to implement both the risk analysis and the resilience assessment are ever more required. This paper illustrates an original approach, concerning the development o...
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This paper aims to assess the territorial resilience of a socio ecological system through an innovative integrated evaluation framework to aid the decision-making process in the planning of transformation scenarios. This framework employs a set of resilience indicators through a Multicriteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) coupled with a Lotka-Volterrama...
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In the ongoing context of climate change, there is an increasing need to support decision-making processes in the domain of landscape planning and management. Suitable evaluation techniques are needed to take into account the interests of actors and stakeholders in shared policy decisions. An important methodological contribution to the field is gi...
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Smart cities and sustainable neighbourhoods are increasingly gaining more attention within policy decisions on urban transformations. In this context, Decision-Makers (DMs) need evaluation methodologies able to support the definition of policies and actions for the future of cities, that focus on a higher degree of life quality and new needs. In th...
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Cities and territories are increasing ever more their attention with respect to circular industrial processes. The extraction of mining resources is one of the first steps in urban and territorial transformations, and it necessitates a step forward, beginning with the use of the entire extracted material. The paper focuses on the emerging concept o...
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The present paper deals with the role of sustainability assessment tools in tackling the increasing complexity and uncertainty of urban and territorial systems. Urban metabolism is ever more under the attention of Decision Makers and policy makers to deal with the current planning challenges, where climate change, environmental quality, social equi...
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Today resilience paradigm is shared by both academic and political debates, and it is gradually being implemented into plans, programmes, and project's initiatives. In this context, wine regions, particularly those designated as UNESCO sites, show their robustness and vulnerabilities as Socio-Ecological Systems. The climate change impact is increas...
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Purpose The study, within the Increasing Resilience of Cultural Heritage (ResCult) project, aims to support civil protection to prevent, lessen and mitigate disasters impacts on cultural heritage using a unique standardised-3D geographical information system (GIS), including both heritage and risk and hazard information. Design/methodology/approac...
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Mining activities impact on the territorial system in various ways, affecting its environmental and socio-economic components. Specific evaluation tools can support decision-making processes in the context of the sustainable planning and management of mining activities. Within the evaluation procedures of mining activities, a growing interest in th...
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Urban flood events are strongly affecting cities by compromising their whole system. Additionally, these events are becoming even more frequent due to the climate change effect. In this context, the urban and territorial planning require changing to plan the adaptation scenarios by considering the Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). Consequently, this st...
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Climate change is exacerbating vulnerabilities in cities and territories and compromising the value of the whole heritage. In this context, the UNESCO sites should be prepared to preserve and manage their Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) by the uncertainty posed by flood-related risk. Therefore, this paper deals with the development of an integrat...
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Cultural Heritage is exposed to many stresses and risks due to climate change, natural events, and human actions. During the last decade, the interest in risk reduction and risk assessment is getting significant attention, also for cultural assets. The current challenge is improving their resilience to safeguard and valorize them for future generat...
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New environmental, economic and social challenges are enlightening the need for innovative systems and approaches for the management of green areas. The green sector, in particular green heritage, is directly involved in this issue. On the one hand, green heritage is even more intended as more than an aesthetic component, on the other hand, the eco...
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The paper deals with the usefulness of indicators and indices in assessing the performance of a city or territory with respect to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their targets, in the context of the new European cohesion policy 2021–2027. An impact matrix has been developed in order to measure the performance of each indicator in achie...
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This contribution aims to develop an integrated model of analysis and assessment for the valorisation and management of green spaces, with particular regard to historic gardens. The model is based on the combination of two main tools: on the one hand, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), employed for the classification and geolocation of green...
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The present paper deals with the investigation of the effects of climate change in the urban systems. The methodology consists in the employment of an MCDA approach, in the form of a system of multidimensional indicators for calculating a multidimensional index of Urban Vulnerability (UVI) as an indirect measure of the urban resilience. Part of the...
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The paper considers the procedure for the development of the land take evaluation for a recreative park located in Northern Italy. The paper gives a normative overview at European, national and regional levels, highlighting the need to define a common glossary on land take to lead the spatial planning to more sustainable actions, according to the G...
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In the current context of climate change, Decision Makers are ever more interested to use multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to support the practice of resilience thinking within long-term strategies. This paper presents an experimentation of a Multicriteria Decision Analysis approach (MCDA) developed through the Analytic Network Pr...
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The paper aims to explore a set of future scenarios in the context of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the adoption of the Regional Plan for Mining Activities in Piedmont region (Italy). The study investigates the use of a Multicriteria Decision Analysis technique (MCDA), namely the Analytic Network Process (ANP), with the aim to su...
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Il presente paper offre un’indagine sui modelli dinamici nel supportare i processi decisionali relativi a politiche e azioni per rendere le città più resilienti. Il concetto resilienza urbana è stato recentemente riconosciuto come una questione importante nella pianificazione territoriale e urbana. La resilienza urbana è definita come la capacità d...
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The present paper proposes a spatial multicriteria analysis for exploring the economic attractiveness of territories as a supporting tool for the definition of policies and actions of conservation and valorisation. In particular, we consider a system of economic indicators and indices representing specific economic features that contributes to the...
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The present paper focuses on an integrated evaluation methodology aimed at measuring the attractiveness of rural landscapes. The landscapes under observation are two exceptional contexts in Piedmont (Italy): The Moraine Amphitheatre of Ivrea and the vineyard landscape of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, which have recently been included in the UNESCO...
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Obiettivo del presente studio è la costruzione di un modello di analisi territoriale riferito ad una piccola regione a nord-est di Torino: l'Anfiteatro Morenico di Ivrea. A partire dagli studi condotti da Sjerp De Vries sul paesaggio rurale olandese, abbiamo cercato i legami tra paesaggio, attrattività, fruibilità rappresentandoli attraverso le mod...
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The paper deals with an integrated evaluation methodology finalized to evaluate the landscape value of the UNESCO site “Vineyard landscape of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato” (Piedmont, IT). The methodology consists in the employment of a system of landscape indicators with the aim, on one hand, to measure the landscape value in economic terms and on...
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In the present paper an integrated evaluation procedure is considered, with the aim of evaluating the ecological and economic synergies within an environmental system. The case study chosen to test this procedure is the Monferrato Ovadese in the province of Alessandria (Piedmont, Italy). The territory, which includes almost 40 municipalities, was d...
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Urban resilience – namely the capacity of a territorial system to persist, adapt or transform in the face of pressure – calls for an adaptive approach to planning, able to face uncertainty and unpredictability. Evaluation plays a key role to support a "learn-by-doing approach", providing tools and methods able to sustain the definition of territori...
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The present paper focuses on the issues related to the economic value of landscape and the role of indicators and indices systems. The aim of the study is the definition of a synthetic index of Landscape Economic Value (LEV) through a system of economic indicators, to measure the attractiveness of Vineyard Landscape of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato (...
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Cultural mapping consists in an innovative tool of knowledge, utilized in the local development processes to enchant territorial resources and to increase local growth in terms of environmental, social and economic sustainability. This research investigates links in strategic planning between heritage, communities and local identity, where knowledg...

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Over the last years, it is widely shared the idea that the environment will have to be the engine of urban and territorial transformations. Procedures of environmental assessment and planning need to incorporate these paradigms like sustainability, resilience, or transformability to deliver a better quality of life and thus ensure the functioning of the Socio-Ecological System (SES) and of its services. Decision Makers are increasing their attention on the role of dynamic models to explore territories and urban systems, especially when transformations occur across different spatial and temporal scales. Compared to other existing models, dynamic modeling can effectively contribute to an advance in environmental assessment and planning, and more in general in real-world decision-making problems. Amongst the dynamic models, the Agent-Based Models (ABM) (or Multi-Agent Systems, MAS), the Lotka-Volterra models (LV), and the System Dynamics Models (SDM) are providing interesting insights, especially when they are combined within integrated frameworks, such as with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or scenario building and planning. Other interesting approaches are Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), Bayesian Networks (BN), carbon and climate cycle modeling, dynamic regression models, fuzzy logic methods, finite element based dynamical modeling, models of dynamic energy simulation, Cellular Automata models (CA), game theory models, Land-Use Transport models (LUT), microsimulation models. The special issue focuses on both theoretical development and application of dynamic models to explore their reliability in the solution of complex problems and provide responses of decision-making utility in the context of environmental management and planning, thus enriching collective learning processes and opening to new research directions. Guest editors: Vanessa Assumma, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Bologna, Italy, vanessa.assumma@unibo.it Caterina Caprioli, Ph.D. Candidate at Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, caterina.caprioli@polito.it Giulia Datola, Ph.D. Candidate at Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, giulia.datola@polito.it Key topics Circular economy and circular city; Climate modeling and risk assessment; Dynamic and network modeling; Ecological economics; Ecosystem Services (ES) and land take; Energy transition and modeling; Environmental monitoring and assessment; Landscape and urban ecology; Land use/cover dynamics; Pollution, waste and water management; Resilience assessment and planning; Social and market behaviors; Sustainable development for urban and territorial planning; Sustainable mobility and transport planning; Urban governance, policy and planning. Keywords: Sustainable development, Urban and territorial resilience, Operational research, Decision-making process, Scenario development, Dynamic models (dynamically models), Spatial modelling, Predictive analysis, Strategic assessment and planning, Climate change, Policy making, Complexity, Socio-ecological systems The VSI is already available at the link https://www.journals.elsevier.com/ecological-modelling/call-for-papers/dynamic-modeling-to-support-the-decision-making-process-in-the-planning-of-sustainable-and-resilient-socio-ecological-systems The paper can be submitted online right now via Editorial Manager platform https://www.editorialmanager.com/ecomod/default1.aspx The papers deemed suitable with the Journal’s goals and of the Special Issue will be submitted to peer review process by at least two independent reviewers. When submitting your manuscript please select the article type please select "VSI: Decision Making in SES". Please specify also the title of the Special Issue also in the cover letter. Journal of Ecological Modelling Rank: Impact Factor 2.974 CiteScore 4.9 SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 0.876 Review Time: 9.9 weeks Publication Time: 2.1 weeks
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The aim of the “Sustainable Spatial Planning of Tourism Destinations (SPOT)” project is to develop an innovative teaching method of sustainable tourism planning in a master programme and implement the method at five educational organisations involved in the project by the end of the project. This goal is influenced by the wider context of development of the European idea of innovative, sustainable, and inclusive tourism planning. Thus, the following specific objectives should be defined: - Understanding main trends and challenges of tourism in Europe; this objective will result in a comparison of different contexts of tourism development in Europe (literature studies); - Facing the challenges of tourism planning through learning by doing on the spot; as the result of this objective solutions for problems and challenges of tourism planning diagnosed in particular locations will be delivered (study visits); - Disseminating results of joint initiatives for development of tourism planning and its teaching methods; this objective will result in the scientific, application, and educational contributions to tourism planning development (seminars and conferences); - Exchange of European best practices in the field of tourism planning; as the result of this objective a scientific publication (European handbook of tourism planning) and educational manual (Manual for the course on sustainable spatial planning of tourism destinations) will be prepared; both outputs will be included in the educational package offered to teachers and students participating in the sustainable tourism planning course; the handbook will disseminate teaching content, while the manual will describe innovative teaching method developed during the SPOT project. The SPOT project will be implemented by the consortium of educational and scientific institutions co-operating on a regular basis, representing various research, educational, cultural and geographical contexts. The final selection of project partners resulted from the interdisciplinary nature of education and research in the field of tourism planning and the diversity of tourist planning challenges and problems diagnosed in different locations. Tourism geography and spatial economy are the educational and research fields of the leading project institution – University of Lodz. Tourism economics and tourism management are the fields of contribution of Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. Mersin University's input to the project is associated with tourism sciences and city planning. Tourism sciences is also the main axis of the contribution from the Polytechnic of Leiria. Architecture, territorial, urban and environmental planning, historic cities, and heritage management are the main scientific and educational interests of Politecnico di Torino. Finally, research projects carried out by Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation of the Polish Academy of Science are focused on geography and spatial economy. Moreover, various geographical contexts represented by project partners refer to different ways of social and economic development, and different cultures: Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, and Turkish. The SPOT project will influence the following target groups and stakeholders in both long- and short-term perspectives: (1) tourism planning students, (2) academic teachers, (3) higher education institutions, and (4) tourism planning institutions. It is expected that European awareness of innovative, sustainable, and inclusive tourism planning will increase in long-term perspective. The ambition of the project consortium is to introduce the course and method concerning tourism planning as a significant part of this increase. Future tourism planners completing this course will use the project's outputs to implement their knowledge, skills, and competencies on innovative, sustainable, and inclusive tourism planning into planning practice. Thus, institutions of tourism planning and, indirectly, stakeholders of tourism development, will be influenced by this project's outputs in long-term perspective. During the project students’ competences, skills, and knowledge in the field of tourism planning are expected to increase. However, the implementation of an innovative method of sustainable tourism planning designed in the project is a promise of all partner institutions representing higher education sector. Moreover, dissemination of project outputs should make other higher education institutions attracted by the method mentioned above, as an increase in the attractiveness of the higher education curriculum in the field of tourism planning from the perspective of both students and employers is expected.
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The PhD thesis focuses on the resilience assessment of socio-ecological systems for shaping future territorial transformation scenarios through an integrated evaluation framework as support for the decision-making process. This research work would answers to the arising domain of resilience and adaptative strategies to face with natural and human disasters and to preserve the territorial heritage. The proposed integrated evaluation framework considers, on one hand, the techniques of Multicriteria Analysis (MCA) and from the other the mathematical modeling. The integration of the mathematical modeling into the evaluation process allows a deep investigation of environmental systems and their single elements through a prediction of their behaviors in possible future scenarios. This framework is applied to two famous Unesco vineyard landscapes: the vineyard landscapes of Piedmont (Italy) and the Alto Douro Region (Portugal).