Matteo Del Fabbro


Matteo Del FabbroMatteo Del Fabbro, an Italian geographer and a PhD in Urban Studies, earned his degree at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), School of Advanced Studies, based in L’Aquila (Italy), studying metropolitan governance, metropolitan economic development, territorial disparities. He has been a visiting doctoral fellow at the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics / Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée, (CEE) of Sciences Po in Paris, where he currently lives and works. His scientific papers have been published in emerging international journals in the field of urban studies such as the Regional Studies Association (RSA)’s Territory, Politics, Governance, and in leading Italian journals of urban and regional interdisciplinary research such as Archivio di studi urbani e regionali (indexed in Scopus). 

Matteo Del Fabbro’s doctoral dissertation (titled Transforming Proximity. Local actors enacting territorial strategies and restructuring policy-making in metropolitan Milan and supervised by Tommaso Vitale) obtained the latest edition of the prestigious “Giovanni Ferraro” Award for PhD theses, a national Italian prize attributed every year by a jury of eminent professors of urban and regional planning. Del Fabbro’s dissertation also received the Certificate of Honour of the 2018 “Giorgio Leonardi” Doctoral Award, attributed yearly by the Italian Association of Regional Science (AISRe), section of the Regional Science Association International.

 Research interests

Matteo Del Fabbro’s research explores the territorial development of metropolitan regions in Europe in the aftermath of the 2008 economic and financial crisis. His achieved and ongoing works address topics such as institutional change, urban segregation, regional planning.

Research project.s you intend to pursue at the CEE

Matteo Del Fabbro currently contributes to a historical-comparative research project on residential segregation in metropolitan areas, titled “The dynamic of residential segregation in Italian metropolises: Milan, Rome and Naples, 1991-2011”. The project team includes two permanent researchers at the CEE: Tommaso Vitale and Bruno Cousin; and three other team members from different institutions.

The project aims at investigating the residential behavior of upper and especially upper-middle classes occupations and test two related hypothesis: (1) the reduction of social mix in the core neighborhoods of each metropolitan area, and (2) upper and upper-middle classes secession. 

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