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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Dr Stefania Fiorentino joined Land Economy in October 2020, her research focuses on ways to reconcile planning practices and local economic development for more inclusive and resilient regeneration strategies.

Stefania is also a honorary lecturer at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. Before coming to Cambridge, she has extensively lectured and led research in spatial planning, local economic development and urban regeneration between the Bartlett (UCL) and London South Bank University (LSBU). She holds a PhD in Planning Studies from the Bartlett School of Planning (UCL) where she has investigated the new geography of innovation in Italy, including the underlining socio-economic dynamics and the governance implications of the new workspaces (e.g. co-working spaces, maker spaces, start-up incubators) and entrepreneurial ecosystems. 

She is currently working on a project on "the Post-Covid City" with Prof Phil Allmendinger in the department, which will be published as a book by Edward Elgar. Other active research projects she is working on, look at complementary challenges that our cities are facing like new working spaces, coastal town regeneration, and urban densification processes. 

Her work has been published on a number of international journals, she serves as reviewer of several journals and she is editor for Local Economy, the Journal of Property Investment and Finance, and Regions, the e-zine of Regional Studies Association.

Before becoming an academic, Dr Stefania Fiorentino has trained as a chartered engineer and she has worked in international consultancies across Italy, France and the UK with leading expertise in the fields of real estate, planning and economic development. As an academic she keeps contributing to consultancy, thought leadership and influencing policy making, acting as an expert for bodies like the EU Commission.



Urban regeneration;

Planning practice and policy;

Planning theory;

Local economic development and inclusive growth; 

Economic geography.


Key publications: 

Fiorentino, S., Bartolucci, S. (2021) Blockchain-based smart contracts as new governance tools for the sharing economy, Cities, 117, .

Fiorentino, S. and Livingstone N. (2021) Contemporary Co-working in Capital Cities: Evolving geographies of workspace innovation in London and Rome, in “New Workplaces—Location Patterns, Urban Effects and Development Trajectories” edited by Di Vita, S., Mariotti, I, Akhavan M. Springer. ISBN 978-3-030-63443-8

Livingstone, N., Fiorentino, S. and Short, M., 2021. Planning for residential ‘value’? London’s densification policies and impacts. Buildings and Cities, 2(1), pp.203–219. DOI:

Fiorentino, S., Livingstone, N., Short, M., 2020. Financialisation and urban densification: London and Manchester’s niche student housing markets. RSA Regions (7). DOI: 10.1080/13673882.2020.00001079

Fiorentino, S. (2019) Different typologies of co-working spaces and the contemporary dynamics of local economic development in Rome, European Planning Studies, 27 (9), 1768–1790,

Fiorentino, S. (2019) The Maker Movement and the new urban entrepreneurial ecosystems. A case study of Rome’, Local  Economy, 34(4), 364– 381,

Fiorentino, S. (2018) Re-making urban economic geography. Start-ups, entrepreneurial support and the Makers Movement. A critical assessment of policy mobility in Rome, Geoforum, 93, 116–119,

Other publications: 

Fiorentino, S. and Bartolucci, S. (2020) Governing the Sharing Economy through Blockchain-based Smart Contracts, Machine Lawyering, Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, available at:

Fiorentino, S. (2019) Startup cities: Why only a few cities dominate the global startup scene and what the rest should do about it, Regional Studies54(2), 1-2,

Fiorentino, S. (2019) Co-Working Spaces as a tool for place-based policies. Planning for regeneration and the new perspectives for economic development in Rome. RSA Regions, 3, DOI: 10.1080/13673882.2018.00001030 

Fiorentino, S. (2019) La geografia economica dei co-working a Roma, EyesReg: Giornale di Scienze Regionali, 9 (3), Special Issue: Oltre la dismissione: Nuove spazialità del lavoro come occasione di riorganizzazione territoriale e di diversificazione economica, available at:

Fiorentino, S. (2018) Nuovi spazi di condivisione urbana e futuri scenari di sviluppo e rigenerazione locale. Le diverse tipologie di co-working space a Roma e il loro ruolo di supporto al nascente ecosistema dell’imprenditoria innovativa, Working Papers. Urban@it, Il Mulino, ISSN 2465 – 2059, available at


Teaching and Supervisions


- Tripos Part II; Paper 14: Planning Policy and Practice (Module coordinator and convenor); 

- MPhil in Planning Growth and Urban Regeneration; PGR01: Urban and Environmental Planning; 


Before joining Land Economy Stefania has extensively lectured and coordinated a variety of modules at UCL (Bartlett School of Planning, & Development Planning Unit) and London South Bank University, covering a variety of topics of spatial planning, urban regeneration and local economic development. She has been invited guest lecturer at several universities including: UCL, Universidad del Desarrollo (Santiago, Chile), Politecnico di Milano. 

Research supervision: 

Stefania is supervising a number of Tripos and MPhil dissertations in Land Economy and she is acting as an advisor to a number of PhD students.

As a honorary staff member at UCL, she also supervises a number of MSc dissertations in Planning Studies at the Bartlett School of Planning.

Dr Stefania  Fiorentino

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Person keywords: 
Public Policy
Public Engagement