Roberto Rocco –whom most graduation students know from his teaching in the first year of the MSc Urbanism program – is committed to understanding the relationships between society and the production and governance of the built environment.
He investigates how actors and institutions from the public sector, the private sector and civic society interact in planning, designing, governing and inhabiting the built environment, both formally and informally.
More recently, Roberto has been leading the writing of a Strategic Action Plan for Sustainable and Inclusive Urbanisation in the Mediterranean for the Union for the Mediterranean, in a team with Carola Hein and Remon Rooij. The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is the intergovernmental Euro-Mediterranean organisation which brings together all countries of the European Union and 15 countries of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. The UfM provides a forum to enhance regional cooperation and dialogue, as well as the implementation of concrete projects and initiatives with tangible impact on the citizens of its Member States.
Besides being a scholar investigating these matters, Roberto organises the Summer School Planning and Design with Water for more than 100 international students, the UN-Habitat sponsored Urban Thinkers Campus and the Symposium Confronting Informality, as a member of the Global Urban Lab, the university’s platform to promote sustainable urban development.
To see a little bit of what Roberto does, watch this UN-Habitat Urban Global Lecture on the Spatial Justice of the Commons.