Ana María Fernández-Maldonado is a senior researcher from the Chair Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology, where she works since 1992. She is member of the editorial board of three academic journals, has presented her work in many international conferences and published her work in academic journals and books. Her research interest is related to European and Latin American cities, in issues which include ICT-related transformations, knowledge-based urban development, telecommunications and urban infrastructures, informal urban development and self-help housing, housing and planning policies and comparative studies.
Luisa Sotomayor is a researcher, instructor and doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her dissertation project examines the opportunities and limitations of social urbanism, an urban policy aimed to reduce socio-spatial polarization in Medellin, Colombia. Luisa’s research interests include planning theory, urban policy, socio-spatial justice, and the way that state-society relations play out to shape the built environment. With a B.A. in Sociology from the National University of Colombia, and a M.Sc. in Planning and Social Policy from the University of Toronto, Luisa worked on participatory planning and urban education policy research prior to starting her PhD.
Roberto Rocco is an assistant professor in spatial planning and researcher in the fields of regional planning, governance and sustainability at the Section of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). His research interests include multi-level networked governance issues in regional planning and territorial management and the emergence of complex networked city-regions. He also deals with issues of research methodology in areas of design and planning practice and teaches a methodology course at TU Delft. Roberto has a B. A. in Architecture and Planning from the University of São Paulo, a Master in Planning from the same university and a PhD from the Delft University of Technology.
Daniel Galland is an instructor and researcher in spatial planning at the Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark. Currently he is visiting professor in the School of Urban Planning at McGill University, Canada. His research interests relate to spatial planning policies and practices at different territorial scales, including international comparative planning studies at national and metropolitan levels. Daniel is involved in an array of international research dissemination activities in the context of professional and scholarly organisations, including ESPON, AESOP, FIG and the Red de Investigación sobre Áreas Metropolitanas de Europa y América Latina (RIDEAL). He holds a PhD in Planning from Aalborg University, a Master of Science in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Philosophy in Ethics and Politics from the University of Barcelona.
Abigail Friendly is a researcher and recently graduated PhD at the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto. Her dissertation project focused on the challenges of implementing the Statute of the City, a national Brazilian policy that aims to put the right to the city into practice through participatory planning as well as planning tools based on social justice. Prior to starting her PhD, Abigail worked and researched issues of planning and participation in Brazil, housing in Canada’s diverse urban neighbourhoods and food security in the social housing context in Toronto. She has a B.A. in Political Studies from Queen’s University and an M.Sc. in Global Politics from the London School of Economics.