Roberto Rocco
 is an Assistant Professor at the Section of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. His main fields of research are governance, social sustainability and spatial justice in urban development. Using those concepts as frameworks, he has conducted research in informal urbanization processes in the developing world and in regional planning and design. Rocco is currently editing the “Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanisation”, in which more than 30 cases around the world are analyzed by different authors, seeking to understand how informal urbanization influences access to citize
nship and the right to the city.SPS-LOGO-SQUARE He holds a Master in Urban Planning by the University of São Paulo and a Doctorate in regional planning by the TU Delft. More information at 


Brian-DoucetBrian Doucet is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University College in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Originally from Toronto, Doucet has lived in Holland since 2004. His work critically examines today’s urban renaissance and questions the celebration of the contemporary cities by asking: who profits from this remaking of the city? He has written extensively on gentrification, waterfront regeneration and urban redevelopment. 

Erasmus-LogoHis approach is to focus on  engaged research, relevant to academic, political and societal debates. More information at


Andre-OuwehandAndré Ouwehand is senior researcher at OTB – Research for the built environment, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. His main fields of interest are neighborhood change and housing. He has conducted research on the interface of social and physical processes in neighborhoods, branding and lifestyle profiling, urban renewal policies, housing governance and housing allocation. He was editor of two books on research in urban renewal and published a book about Dutch housing associations. OTB-MedallionHe is presently also completing his PhD at TU Delft. Formerly he was manager of housing policy for the city of Rotterdam (1990-1998) and worked before that time as an adviser for neighbourhood organisations and tenants associations, as well in the city of Rotterdam as on the national level.





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