Roberto Rocco is a spatial planner and researcher in planning theory, regional planning, governance and sustainability at the Section of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology. His research interests include multi-level networked governance issues in regional planning and the emergence of complex networked city-regions.

A special focus lies on the study of regional mobility and accessibility systems and their impacts on centrality formation at the regional level. Lately, he has been reorienting his work towards studies of metropolitan and regional governance and the sustainability of these governance structures. He is interested in concepts of spatial justice and the right to the city as crucial concepts that allow for a broader definition of planning tasks and for the emergence of new roles for planners in networked governance structures.

research interest

  • Regional planning and design.
  • The governance of natural resources at the regional level.
  • Tools for urban development and governance in the Global South, particularly the governance and the political meaning of informal urbanization.

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Associate professor of Spatial Planning, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology


PhD, Urban Planning and management, Delft University of Technology
MSc, Urban Planning/ Environmental Urban Structures, Universidade de São Paulo
BSc, Urban Planning, Universidade de São Paulo


Architecture and the Built Environment

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