Dr. arch. Puerari, E.

Emma Puerari is researcher at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Dr. Emma Puerari is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Delft University of Technology. She is working on the “Participatory City Making” project since October 2016, developed in collaboration between TU Delft, DRIFT (https://www.drift.eur.nl) and the Hogeschool Rotterdam. The aim of Emma's research within the “Participatory City Making” project is to better understand what barriers and enablers that obstruct and facilitate the interplay between different stakeholders in participatory city making. She is trying to better understand how the interactions between different stakeholders can lead towards systemic change in a transition management perspective.

Emma now resides in the Industrial Design Department within the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering after completing her PhD at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at Politecnico di Milano. During the last years she has been focusing on governance models and their interplay with the innovation of urban public services. The relevance of these processes and their potentials in fostering, enabling and driving transitions at the urban scale is still at the heart of her research activities.


  • 2012 – 2016
    PhD in Territorial Design and Government XVIII cycle, DAStU, Politecnico di Milano
  • March 2014 – May 2014
    European Module in Spatial Development and Planning, Faculty of Engineering Department of Architecture, KU Leuven
  • 2009 – 2012
    Master in Architecture, School of Architecture and Society, Politecnico di Milano
  • January 2012 – March 2012
    Internship at UDSU, Urban Design Studio Unit, Deparment of Architecture, University of Strathclyde
  • 2005 – 2009
    Bachelor in Environmental Architecture, School of Architecture and Society, Politecnico di Milano


  • October 2016 – Present
    Function: Participatory City Making project, Postdoctoral Researcher, TU Delft, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering 
  • 2015 – September 2016
    Function: Community Participation in Planning project (CPIP), Researcher and Manager of one of the Pilot, Politecnico di Milano, DAStU
  • June 2015 – August 2015
    Function: Italia Nostra Association, Milano Nord Section, via Novara 340, 20153, Milan, Italy, freelancer
  • 2013 ­– 2015 
    Function: MyNeighbourhood project (EU - CIP PSP Grant Agreement no 325227), Researcher, Politecnico di Milano, DAStU
  • 2012 – 2013
    Function: Periphèria project (EU - CIP PSP Grant Agreement no 271015), Researcher, Politecnico di Milano, DAStU
  • March 2011 – May 2011
    Function: Centimetroquadro studio, Urban and Architecture Design, Lissone (MB), Italy, Intern
  • June 2009 – September 2009
    Function: Magnoli &Partners studio, Urban and Architecture Design, Cremona (CR), Italy, Intern
  • May 2008 – June 2008
    Function: Ermes Consulting s.r.l., Urban and Architecture Design, Cadeo (PC), Italy, Intern

Field of research

  • Urban Planning
  • Governance Models
  • Transition Management
  • Urban Sustainability Transition
  • Urban Public Service Innovation
  • Community Participation in Planning

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Urban Planning and Design
  • Urban Sustainability Transition
  • Community Participation in Planning 
  • Community Participation in Urban Design

Involved in research projects