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

Visiting scholars 2019-2020

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".

Visiting scholars 2018-2019

Theresa Enright

March 2019

Theresa Enright is an Assistant Professor of Urban Politics and Governance in the Political Science Department at the University of Toronto. Primary research interests are in the fields of urban and regional studies, critical theory and comparative political economy. She published recently on global cities, transit-oriented development, mega-projects, and urban-suburban relations.

Benjamin Vis

February - May 2019

Benjamin N. Vis holds a Research Fellowship at the University of Kent, where he co-founded the Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies. In 2012 he led the ESRC/NCRM research community Assembly for Comparative Urbanisation and the Material Environment (ACUMEN). He continues developing urban morphological research on Maya urban life and spatial organisation to make radical comparative contributions to urban studies and sustainable development.

Guy Baeten

First half of May 2019

Guy Baeten is Professor of Urban Studies at Malmö University and is the Director of the newly established Institute for Urban Research. He has previously worked at the universities of Lund, Oxford, Leuven and Strathclyde. Guy Baeten is interested in urban development projects and urban sustainability. He is the principal investigator of the FORMAS Strong Research Environment CRUSH -- Critical Urban Sustainability Hub.

He is involved in two research projects on smart cities with case studies in Toronto, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Antwerp that are running between 2018 and 2020. He is also part of a project that investigates histories of the sustainability concept in Malmö urban planning.

Iolanda Bianchi

Second half of September - First half of November 2019

Iolanda Bianchi holds a PhD in Politics, Policies and International Relations from the Autonomous University of Barcelona; in Regional Planning and Public Policy from the University IUAV of Venice.

Her research focuses on alternative forms to satisfy basic needs and fundamental rights in the city, studying the articulation between community-based initiatives and public policies under the theoretical framework of the Commons. She is a research fellow at the IGOP- Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP) - Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).


Visiting scholars 2017-2018

In 2017-2018, several young researchers from foreign universities stayed at the University of Antwerp. They got the chance to present their research plans and results to the USI's interdisciplinary research community. Furthermore, they received feedback and got the opportunity to discuss their work with researchers who all have other disciplinary perspectives.

Jasna Sersic

PhD thesis The Craftsmen’s Labyrinth and Geographies of Creativity (Uppsala University), MSc in Human Geography and Planning (Utrecht University).

Jasna focuses on alternative models of socio-economic production, re-development and organization of urban environments. She studies the relationships between the social and physical shaping of cities, and innovation and creativity in city-making from the contemporary and historical perspectives.

Léa Hermenault

Léa Hermenault has a PhD in medieval an modern archaeology. She is a teaching assistant at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Her research work is located on the crossroads of archaeology, history and geography, and deals with the effects of circulation flows in the medieval, modern and contemporary city.

Léa Hermenault gave the opening lecture for 'Society and Space' discussing 2000 years of urban development in Paris

On 23 February 2018, the students in the 'Society and Space' course (Master of Urbanism and Spatial Planning) had the opportunity to learn more about urban development in Paris in the past 2000 years. Thanks to Léa's talk, accompanied by excellent cartographic material, the students now have a better understanding of the history of urbanization.

Emmanuele Sommariva

Architect, PhD in Urban Design at the University of Genoa, focuses his research interests on landscape evolution, sustainable planning and the relationship between agriculture and the city. 

Since 2009, he has collaborated to different courses and urban design studio classes, led by Prof. Arch. Mosè Ricci. Since 2012 he is also a researcher and lecturer at the Leibniz Universität Hannover at the Department of Urban Design and Planning. 

Book: Creating City. Urban Agriculture. Strategies for city resilience (LISt Lab, 2015).

Deljana Iosifova

Deljana Iossifova is Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies at the School of Environment, Education and Development and Director of both the Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester and the Urban Studies Foundation.

She trained as an architect at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and has a PhD in Public Policy Design from Tokyo Institute of Technology. She is lead editor of 'Defining the Urban: Interdisciplinary and professional perspectives' (Routledge, 2017).

Iossifova’s scholarship focuses on the triggers, processes and consequences of urban transformations globally, including in China, Japan, Bulgaria, and the UK.

Lisa Björkman

Lisa Björkman received her PhD in Politics from the New School for Social Research in 2012. Winner of the 2014 Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences.

Lisa Björkman is Assistant Professor of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville.

Book: Pipe Politics: Mumbai’s Contested Waters (Duke University Press, 2015).