Associate Researcher

Dr. Sofia Pagliarin
Phone: 0951/863-2790
Office: F-21/03.69
Speaking hour: Wednesday, 14-16 h and by appointment

Dr. Sofia Pagliarin is employed since 2018 as Associate Researcher at the Chair for the Governance of Complex and Innovative Technological Systems. In 2020, she has been Professor ad interim at the same Chair for two semesters. Dr. Pagliarin obtained her doctoral degree in urban studies and spatial development and planning in 2014 (co-tutorship between Bicocca University of Milan, Italy and KU Leuven, Belgium) with a thesis on suburbanisation and governance dynamics in the metropolitan areas of Barcelona and Milan. Between 2016 and 2017, she worked as a post-doc researcher at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL on an [LINK:] analysing the effect of governance and spatial planning factors on land-use change in a set of European cities.

Her current research deals with the effect of institutional and spatial planning factors on land management and allocation in metropolitan areas, with a partifular focus on sustainable land use. She is interested in the examination of processes by means of development stages and trajectories, like phases of change in urban development. She is also interested in smart and sustainable cities and urban regions. Her methodological approach is mainly qualitative, comparative and complexity-informed, including set-theoretic comparative methods for the social sciences (qualitative comparative analysis, QCA).

Before working in academia, Dr. Pagliarin worked as an employee in logistics in different companies in Italy and Spain. She also lived in Sweden and Turkey. Between 2012 and 2016, she has also worked as a project coordinator in participatory map making processes for the cities of Padua and Rovigo (Italy) in cooperation with the European network USE-IT [LINK:] and has been a contributor to the Slow Science movement [LINK:].