The Inclusive Cities graduation track is coordinated by dr. Roberto Rocco (TU Delft).


Roberto-Rocco-ROUNDRoberto Rocco is an architect and spatial planner who graduated at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, has a Master in Spatial Planning by the same University and a PhD by TU Delft.  He is currently Assistant Professor at the group of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the TU Delft. His research interests focus on governance of resources (water and energy) at the regional and metropolitan levels. He also studies processes of informal urbanisation in the Global South, including planning tools and governance of slum upgrading. He interested in evaluative frameworks of governance and sustainability. He also leads the Netherlands Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS) and the Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development (SCUPAD). Get to know Roberto better by visiting his website

Arie Romein

Arie-RomeinDr. Arie Romein is part of the section Urban and Regional Development of OTB. He obtained his doctorate with research on urban and regional development in Latin America. He is now mainly interested in the transformation of urban structures due to four major dimensions of contemporary capitalism, i.e. the consumption, cultural, creative and cognitive ones. This implies that his work pays attention to the spatial and physical, as well as the economic and social urban trends that are interconnected with the expansion of the ‘phantasy city’ (leisure, entertainment, cultural events), creative and cultural industries, and knowledge-based industries. He positions these rather global trends vis-à-vis urban regeneration policies and planning, and makes clear that the widespread neo-liberal urban policies to take advantage of these ‘natural’ expansions for economic competitiveness go often hand in hand with trends of spatial segregation and social polarization. Besides, Arie is experienced in methodology of empirical research, an integral part of graduation projects.

Students Arie has supervised:

Jan van Ballegooijen 
is an architect and researcher working at TU Delft on the book project ‘The political meaning of informal urbanisation’ (in co-editorship with Roberto Rocco). He received a MSc degree at Delft University of Technology in 2011, with a project that focused on the relationships between democratization and urban informality in São Paulo’s periphery. At TU Delft, he has also worked as a research assistant for the chair ‘Design as Politics’, investigating the tensions between politics and urban design. Besides his current work as a researcher at Crimson Architectural Historians in Rotterdam, he is also a practicing architect in the Netherlands and Belgium. He is currently expanding his research on the relationship between urban informality and democracy. For the inclusive cities track, Jan van Ballegooijen takes up the role as a visiting critic.