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Dr Stefania Fiorentino

College position(s)

Director of Studies


Land Economy

Degrees, Awards and Prizes

BEng, Meng, PhD in Planning Studies (UCL).

Research themes

  • Urban Planning and Economic Geography
  • Urban regeneration
  • Local Economic Development
  • Urban Studies

My research focuses on ways to reconcile planning practices and local economic development for more inclusive and resilient regeneration strategies. My current research projects look at planning the post-COVID city, the future of office spaces, coastal town regeneration, and urban densification processes. 


I teach:

  • Paper 14: Planning policy and practice; Land Economy Tripos – Part II
  • PGR01: Urban and environmental Planning; MPhil in Planning Growth and Urban Regeneration. 


  • Director of Studies in Land Economy at Girton College.
  • Senior Teaching Associate in Planning, growth and urban regeneration, Department of Land Economy.
  • Before joining Land Economy, I have extensively lectured and led research between University College London (UCL) where I have recently been appointed honorary lecturer (Bartlett School of Planning) and London South Bank University.
  • I hold a PhD in Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning (UCL) where I have investigated the new geography of innovation in Italy, looking at the location, governance and socio-economic dynamics of the new workspaces and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  • I was trained as a chartered engineer and surveyor between Rome and Paris. Before becoming an academic, I have worked as a practitioner in international consultancies across Italy, France and the UK with expertise in the fields of real estate, planning and economic development.
  • I continue being active in consultancy work for the European Union Commission, and in influencing policy making collaborating with organisations like JustSpace and Centre for London. 
  • I have published my work on a number of international journals, and I sit in various editorial board of the Journal of Property Investment and Finance, Local Economy and Regions, the e-zine of Regional Studies Association.