Policy workshop report now available

The report of the Policy Workshop Can institutions learn? Scaling-up innovation in urban regeneration settings. Barcelona, Bologna and Naples is now available at this link.


Policy workshop report


The report highlights cross-cutting elements and main differences among Barcelona, Bologna and Naples in the process of institutional learning in urban regeneration settings.

The Policy workshop has been held in Venice on the 20th of June with more than 60 participants among students, practitioners, scholars and citizens.


Among the speakers:



Valentina Orioli, Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Municipality of Bologna

Citizen-driven innovation increases the possibilities for a broader range of people to become directly involved in all stages of social and urban action, though at the same they appear to replace the government in the provision of urban services. Local governments need to find ways to provide public value in accountable and transparent ways, in contexts where social and spatial barriers often prevent the involvement of the most vulnerable groups.

Simona Morini, Iuav of Venice
Julie Munk, Social Innovation Community
Lorenzo Pesola, Poveglia per tutti, Venice




Oriol Nello, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Consell Assessor del Pla de Barris, Municipality of Barcelona

Increasing socio-spatial polarization questions social cohesion in local societies worldwide. Against this backdrop, following the 2007 financial crisis welfare and public investment for urban regeneration have significantly decreased across most European cities; dissimilar top-down revitalisation strategies have resulted in new urban dynamics and urban tensions, gentrification processes and social exclusion. As a result, the neighbourhood is now the privileged level of policy intervention. Community-based initiatives and the institution coproduce with the aim to change power relations and socio-spatial inequalities.

Marcello Balbo, Master U-RISE
Enric Barcena, Barcelona en Comú
Maria Chiara Tosi, Iuav of Venice




Fabio Pascapè, Municipality of Naples

In a growing number of neighbourhoods diversity, affordability, and social inclusion are increasingly at risk due to gentrification and real estate speculation. The capacity of community based responses to mitigate the effects of negative change needs to be further assessed particularly when the State is constantly retreating. Self-organization practices can create important spaces of autonomy, but at the same time coproduction with local institutions has different impacts and outcomes on the institutional as well as the community based organizational structure.

Marco BuemiURBACT
Giulio Ernesti, Iuav of Venice
Giovanni Laino, Università di Napoli


Way forward, Elena Ostanel and Laura Fregolent


A special thanks for the Instant Reporting to Marta AndreiRiccardo BuonannoIvana CuccaChiara De GrandiNoemí Elena Julián VillarVerena LennaGiacomo LongoGiulia LucatelloAlessia Macchi, Alba Nabulsi.


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