Iolanda Bianchi (PhD in political science and PhD in urban planning) is an urban political scholar. She works in the field of urban governance, urban policies and collective action. Her research focuses on the interplay between public and collective action at the urban scale, to examine how this interplay can produce social and policy change, in order to achieve more just, equal and democratic cities. To push knowledge forward in this debate, she is working at the crossroad of commons and new municipalism theory. She currently holds a postdoctoral research position at the University of Antwerp, Belgium (where she will continue her research starting soon a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowship). Previously, she was a Juan de la Cierva Formación postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Government and Public Policies, UAB, Spain.

Accredited as Lecturer Professor in Political Science by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalonia), 2020


2018. PhD in Political Science, Public Policies and International Relations. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. PhD in Regional Planning and Public Policies. Università IUAV di Venezia.

2012. MSc in Urban Regeneration. University College of London, The Bartlett School of Planning

2009. Second Level Degree in Architecture. Università degli Studi di Ferrara

Professional experience in academia

24/11/2022 – current: Marie Skłodowska-Curie SoE Postdoctoral researcher. Urban Studies Institute. University of Antwerp.

01/02/2020 – 23/11/2022: “Juan de la Cierva Formación” Post-doctoral researcher. IGOP- Institute of Government and Public Policies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1 maternity leave)

23/09/2019 – 25/11/2019: Visiting researcher USI- Urban Studies Institute, University of Antwerp

28/01/2019 – 31/01/2020: Post-doctoral researcher IGOP- Institute of Government and Public Policies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Professional experience in regeneration and architecture

01/01/2010 – 31/12/2013: Co-funder and manager of not for-profit-organisation, MettiamoSuBottega, Trani, Italy

01/10/2012 – 30/11/2013: Head Architect, Eat Work Art Ltd, London, UK

01/08/2011 – 30/09/2012: Architect, Eat Work Art Ltd, London, UK (part-time)

01/03/2010 – 31/07/2010: Architect, Recetas Urbanas Slp, Sevilla, Spain (part-time)

01/03/2010 – 31/07/2010: Architect, LaPanaderia Slp, Sevilla, Spain (part-time)

01/10/2009 – 30/10/2009: Intern Architect, Estudio Luis Urculo, Madrid. Spain