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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics
 

Biography

Dr Stefania Fiorentino's research focuses on ways to reconcile planning practices and local economic development for more inclusive and resilient regeneration strategies. Before joining Land Economy, 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). 

Dr Stefania Fiorentino currently keeps contributing to the Bartlett School of Planning (UCL) as visiting lecturer. She holds a PhD in Planning 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 has a number of other active research projects looking at the new flexible office 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 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.

She is the representative member for the EU COST Action: "The Geography of New Working Spaces and the Impact on the Periphery".

 

Research

Urban regeneration;

Planning practice and policy;

Local economic development and inclusive growth.

Publications

Key publications: 

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: http://doi.org/10.5334/bc.88

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. and Livingstone N. (2021) Contemporary Co-working in Capital Cities: Evolving geographies of workspace innovation in London and Rome, in “Shared Workplaces in the Knowledge Economy: Will Proximity still Matter?” edited by Di Vita, S., Mariotti, I, Akhavan M. [Springer, in press]

Fiorentino, S. and Bartolucci S. (forthcoming) Blockchain-based smart contracts as new governance tools for the sharing economy. Pre-print available on SSRN at: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3478870

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, https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2019.1620697

Fiorentino, S. (2019) The Maker Movement and the new urban entrepreneurial ecosystems. A case study of Rome’, Local  Economy, 34(4), 364– 381, https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094219854999

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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.05.016

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: https://www.legalanalytics.law.cuhk.edu.hk/post/governing-the-sharing-economy-through-blockchain-based-smart-contracts

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, https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2019.1672938

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: http://www.eyesreg.it/2019/la-geografia-economica-dei-coworking-a-roma/

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 https://www.urbanit.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/BP_Fiorentino.pdf

 

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

2020/2021

- Part II; Paper 14: Planning Policy and Practice;

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

 

As a honorary lecturer at UCL (Bartlett School of planning)  she currently coordinates and lectures the module "BPLN0062: Urban regeneration: Development Projects" that is core for the MSc in Urban Regeneration and supervises a number of MSc students dissertations. 

 

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

 

Senior Teaching Associate in Planning, Growth and Urban Regeneration
Honorary Lecturer, University College London (UCL), Bartlett School of Planning
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Associate Member of the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR).
Dr Stefania  Fiorentino

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Person keywords: 
Sustainability
Public Policy
Public Engagement