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Associate professor of urban and legal geography at the Università degli Studi di Torino

Francesco Chiodelli is associate professor of urban and legal geography at the Università degli Studi di Torino, where he is the director of OMERO – Interdepartmental Research Centre for Urban Studies. His research lies at the intersection of urban space and institutions (norms and rules in particular), with a specific focus on questions of pluralism, diversity, informality. Currently, his working mainly on housing informality in Southern European countries and on different manifestations of illegality in the urban sphere (e.g. corruption in urban planning, criminal infiltration in urban governance and development).  He also investigated the spatial dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over Jerusalem. He writes regularly for Italian newspapers, such as Il Manifesto and Huffington Post Italia.

His papers have appeared in the main international journals in the fields of urban studies, geography and planning, such as Transaction of the Institute of British Geographers, Urban StudiesInternational Journal of Urban and Regional ResearchPolitical GeographyProgress in PlanningPlanning TheoryTown Planning ReviewUrban Geography, Housing Studies.

Selected publications

Chiodelli F. and Morpurgo D. (2022) Placing the law: The socio-spatial impact of legal norms beyond mere compliance, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers [in press: https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12530]

Chiodelli et al. (2021) The production of informal space: A critical atlas of housing informalities in Italy between public institutions and political strategies. Progress in Planning, 149: 100495

Chiodelli F. (2019), The Dark Side of Urban Informality in the Global North: Housing Illegality and Organized Crime in Northern Italy. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 43(3): 497-516

Chiodelli F. (2017) Shaping Jerusalem. Spatial planning, politics and the conflict (Routledge, London)