Visiting scholars

Every academic year, the Urban Studies Institute welcomes visiting scholars. They are offered the opportunity to conduct their research at the USI and to participate at the institute’s research activities.

The visiting scholars will be facilitated to:

  1. communicate their research plans and results to the interdisciplinary research community of the USI
  2. receive feedback from a select interdisciplinary group of scholars
  3. enter into an intensive dialogue with a broad range of disciplinary approaches


In 2019-2020, the visiting scholars are:

Cecilia Furlan

January - March 2020

Cecilia Furlan currently works at the Department of Urbanism, TU Delft and as guest researcher at the Department of Architecture of KU Leuven. She received her PhD title in Engineering - Urbanism from the University of Leuven and from the IUAV University.

Cecilia's research interest focuses on urban design and urban planning strategies for sustainability and circularity, with a particular focal on territories of dispersion and territories in transition under condition of resource scarcity. She believes that cities can do more with less working towards sustainable growth. Her PhD project was entitled "WORN OUT LANDSCAPES Mapping wasteland in the Charleroi and Veneto central territories".

Kelly GreggKelly Gregg

May 2020

Currently Kelly is teaching interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses at The R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Kelly's research is positioned at the intersection of landscape architecture, urban design, and planning. Her PhD research at The University of Toronto focused specifically on the design and evolution of pedestrian environments. She strives to approach challenges in practice and in research with an interdisciplinary perspective that references her background in both planning and design.