Rome, Italy

URBAN POVERTY. The praxis of planning in unequal cities

when 12 September 2017 - 15 September 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 150

This summer school is an opportunity for opening research to issues of poverty and inequality in our cities.
It will take advantage from the collaboration of experts in different but complementary disciplines, and it foresees three intertwined parts: (i) Theory; (ii) Analysis & case studies; (iii) Team work & proposals.


Module 1 | "Conceptual frameworks and theoretical debates about urban poverty (Ananya Roy)
In this first module, information and theoretical knowledge useful to frame the issue of urban poverty as discussed and debated at the international level will be provided.

Module 2 | "Research tools and international case-studies from different regions of the world" (Ananya Roy)
The module provides examples, case studies and practical guidance for developing research strategies useful for understanding the spatial dimensions of urban and territorial level poverty.

Module 3 | "Critical discussion of the role of urban planning in relation to urban poverty" (Ananya Roy)
The module offers hypotheses and guidelines for the treatment of the spatial implications of situated inequalities trying to define the specific role of urban planning, as an interdisciplinary practice for the intervention in marginal urban areas.


Module 4 | "Urban poverty and Social Cohesion policies" (Enrica Morlicchio)
The module provides knowledge on the relationship between cohesion policy and the different dimensions of territorial poverty.

Module 5 | "Indicators, comparisons and challenges: the case of Rome" (Salvatore Monni)
Definition of the problematic issues in the Roman urban areas with reference to the research conducted on the basis of indicators, and located analysis.

Module 6 | "Experiences and challenges in Italian case studies" (Daniela De Leo)
The module provides knowledge on divergent models of action against poverty and interprets new multi-scale survey methods about cities and territories through research hypotheses, definitions and interpretations for a better understanding and a more efficient action.

Module 7 | "Buildings and places restoring and local identity enhancing: theories and practices" (Daniela Esposito)
The module provides knowledge on action strategies for local development and recovery of identities and heritage resources, especially for public use, starting with the work carried out on buildings, spaces and resident populations.


A guided experimentation for the definition of intervention tools for urban deprived environments with the development of pilot project proposals.

Target group

The Summer School welcomes Italian and foreign students with at least a secondary school diploma or equivalent educational title from foreign institutions, or students enrolled in a university course.

Interdisciplinary discussions and reflexions will be encouraged from speakers, but students from the following disciplines will be particularly welcomed:

Course aim

The Summer School “URBAN POVERTY. The praxis of planning in the unequal cities” offers an intensive training program for the acquisition of individual skills about:
a) theories and the international debate on urban poverty;
b) research methods and tools to understand, analyse and treat the urban poverty at the urban scale;
c) techniques and strategies of valorisation of tangible and intangible, urban and architectural resources, through the recovery of identity and local development.

Indeed, according to the development of inequalities at the urban scale, there is an urgent need for a better understanding of complex models of intervention against poverty within the local development frameworks and the tradition of recovery and enhancement of identities and endogenous resources. Therefore, a better understanding of the spatial dimension of poverty (and the implications at the urban scale of situated inequalities) should allow to define multi-scale and multi-disciplinary actions on the cities and territories, through integrated projects conducted on buildings, spaces and with resident opulations.

Credits info

3 EC
Students are required to total a minimum 75% attendance at the Summer School “Urban Poverty” in order to receive an attendance certificate and the 3 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) in the relative field as per the rules and regulations of the Bachelors and Masters programmes.

Fee info

EUR 150: Summer School tuition fee


Students, PhD candidates and research fellows of the Sapienza University can apply for a scholarship for full coverage of the Summer School costs by participating in the appropriate notice (see on the official announcement >>