Profile photoRoberto Rocco
Assistant Professor in Spatial Planning and Strategy

Focus on Governance, Sustainability, Spatial Justice
Work on Informal urbanisation and rapid urbanisation in the Global South

Spatial Justice, Sustainability and Governance

Research interests

Minibio Roberto Rocco (updated 2018)

r.c.rocco@tudelft.nl

Associate Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy, Department of Urbanism

I am a scholar committed to understanding the relationships between society and the production and governance of the built environment. This means that I investigate how actors and institutions from the public sector, the private sector and civic society interact in planning, designing, governing and inhabiting the built environment, both formally and informally. These basic but foundational ideas explain much of my actions as an educator and researcher.

I have a multidisciplinary background that includes design, spatial planning and urban/economic geography. This background is the result of a trajectory that started at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo, one of the highest ranked architecture and planning courses in Latin America and had stations at the Institut Français d’Urbanisme (later merged with l’Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris to form the new École d’Urbanisme de Paris), the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and finally TU Delft, where I have worked since 2004 (please, see my CV). Since obtaining my PhD at TU Delft in 2008, I have worked as an assistant professor for the chair Spatial Planning and Strategy, led by Professor Vincent Nadin.

I work in the intersection between spatial planning, design, governance and sustainability, understood in its three crucial dimensions: social, economic and environmental.

My view, following Campbell’s, is that spatial planning and design must engage with “two converging, yet distinct social movements: sustainability and social justice” (Campbell, 2013, p.75). The integration of sustainability and justice is the bedrock for long term, durable sustainability, especially when we consider that for sustainability to exist, its three essential components (environmental, social, and economic) must occur simultaneously (Larsen, 2012).

It is in this convergence that I see the future of spatial planning and my role in the Department of Urbanism. This gap must be urgently addressed, as inequity and unfairness in the distribution of burdens and benefits of development are widely recognised to undermine sustainability. The literature on socio-technical transitions is clear about the need to look at the socio-spatial relations where transitions take place. Most surprisingly, however, socio technical transitions to sustainability mostly fail to incorporate concepts of justice, democracy and redistribution, bedrocks of social sustainability, and focus solely on the environmental aspects of sustainability (Campbell, 2013).

Research output

Education for Water Resilient Cities: A one-day symposium for teachers and students for the City We Need

Rocco, R. (ed.), Hooimeijer, F., Kuzniecow Bacchin, T., Aalbers, K., Brand, N., Goldsmith, S., Smolders, B., Bijlsma, I., Chang, B. & Forrest, S., 8 Mar 2019, Delft: Delft University of Technology. 32 p. (Education for the City We Need; vol. 1, no. 1)

Diversity at the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft: Results of the Workshop held on July 3rd 2018 at the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft.

Rocco, R., 22 Nov 2018, Delft: Delft University of Technology. 10 p.

Cohesion policy implementation, performance and communication: Limburg Province, The Netherlands

Spaans, M., Fernandez Maldonado, A. M., Rocco, R. & Dabrowski, M., 30 Apr 2018, Delft University of Technology. 60 p.

Cohesion policy implementation, performance and communication: Flevoland Province, The Netherlands

Fernandez Maldonado, A. M., Rocco, R., Dabrowski, M., Spaans, M. & Zonneveld, W., 30 Apr 2018, Delft University of Technology. 66 p.

African Perspectives PrepCon, Addis Ababa, 25-27 Jan 2018: Executive Report

Rocco, R. & Keeton, R., 16 Mar 2018, Delft: Delft University of Technology. 24 p.

Summer School Planning and Design with Water 2017 Final report

Rocco, R., 20 Feb 2018, Spatial Planning and Strategy, TU Delft. 316 p.

Cities and Citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean: Conference Proceedings NALACS Conference 16-17 June 2016, TU Delft

Rocco, R. (ed.) & da Silva, S. (ed.), 2018, Delft University of Technology. 184 p.

Confronting Informality: Preserving communities and creating public goods in informal settlements

Rocco, R. (ed.), 2018, Delft: Delft University of Technology. 286 p.

Jane Jacobs is still here: Proceedings of the Conference Jane Jacobs 100: her legacy and relevance in the 21st century

Rocco, R. (ed.), 2018, Delft. 284 p.

Learning from Darwin: What can the man who wrote ‘The Origin of Species’ teach us about a scientific attitude & academic writing skills?

Rocco, R., 2018, Delft University of Technology. 12 p.

Linking Cohesion Policy and Citizens’ Identification with the EU in Regions: Between Opportunism and Euroscepticism in the Netherlands

Fernandez Maldonado, A. M., Spaans, M., Dabrowski, M. & Rocco, R., 2018, Annual Conference Regional Studies Association 2018: A Leading and Impactful Community.

TU Delft UTC 2017 Report: Education for the City We Need: Exploring how to integrate the UN-Habitat New Urban Agenda in higher education

Rocco, R., 2018, Delft University of Technology. 46 p.

The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanization

Rocco, R., 2018, London, New York: Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group. 320 p. (Routledge Handbooks)

The great planning game: Exploring the variety of values and worldviews in planning

Rocco, R. & Rooij, R., 2018, Delft University of Technology. 14 p.

The political meaning of informal urbanization

Rocco, R. & Van Ballegooijen, J., 2018, The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanization. Rocco, R. & van Ballegooijen, J. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, 10 p.

World Urban Forum: Education for the City We Need: Teaching the New Urban Agenda

Rocco, R., 2018, Delft University of Technology. 19 p.

Planning for Rights: Bewildered young planners in Brazil

Rocco, R., 2017, From Student to Urban Planner : Young Practitioners’ Reflections on Contemporary Ethical Challenge. Taşan-Kok, T. & Oranje, M. (eds.). 1 ed. New York, London: Routlegde, p. 168-181 14 p.

Towards sustainable territories-in-between: a multidimensional typology of open spaces in Europe

Wandl, A., Rooij, R. & Rocco, R., 2017, In : Planning Practice and Research. 32, 1, p. 55-84

Policy Frameworks for Energy Transition in England: Challenges in a Former Industrial City

Rocco, R., 2016, In : Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planning. 5 (Special Issue), p. 41-52

The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanisation

Rocco, R., 2016.

Planning and design With Water: Summer School Spatial Planning and Strategy

Rocco, R., 22 Jul 2015

Emerging New Roles for Designers and Planners: Articulating Soft and Hard Infrastructures.

Rocco, RC., 2015, In : Atlantis. Oct 5-8, p. 5-8 4 p.

Future Perspectives for Development in the Global South

Rocco, RC., 2015, In : Atlantis. p. 47-50 4 p.

Operating in Multi-Actor Contexts: Examples of Multi-Level and Networked Governance

Rocco, R., 2015

PLEEC: The Challenge for Urban Regeneration in Stoke-on-Trent

Rocco, RC., 2015, Delft: Delft University of Technology. 69 p.

Spatial Justice: Understanding the spatial dimensions of justice

Rocco, R., 2015

São Paulo: Global Metropolis of the South

Rocco, RC., 2015, SMART Infrastructure & Mobility: Exploring Water, Mobility & Infrastructure in São Paulo. Piccinini, D., Rocco, C. & Bacchin, T. (eds.). Delft: Bouwkunde TU Delft, p. 13-16 4 p.

The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanisation

Rocco, R., 2015

The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanization: Cross-national comparisons on the political economy of informality

Rocco, RC. & Ballegooien, J., 2015, AESOP: Definite Space, Fuzzy Responsibility. s.n. (ed.). Praag: AESOP, p. 1-15 15 p.

Urban informality and democratisation in Sao Paulo: the sinous road to citizenship

Rocco, RC. & Ballegooien, J., 2015, Proceedings of SLAS. s.n (ed.). Aberdeen: SLAS, p. 1-16 16 p.

Why TU Delft must contribute to development in the Global South.

Rocco, RC., 2015, In : Atlantis. 25, p. 17-18 2 p.

Why do Metropolitan Innovators Need to Understand Complex Systems of Governance?

Rocco, R., 2015

Finding structural parameters for energy efficient cities

Read, SA., Mashayekhi, A. & Rocco, R., 2014, Proceedings AESOP 2014 annual conference "From control to co-evolution". s.n. (ed.). Amsterdam: AESOP, p. 1-16 16 p.

Management of the commons: a cross-cultural comparison on the Dutch and the English territorial management cultures

Rocco, R. & Delisser, S., 2014

Managing the workplace in a globalized world: The role of national culture in workplace management

Plijter, EB., van der Voordt, DJM. & Rocco, R., 2014, In : Facilities. 32, 13/14, p. 744-760 17 p.

Sao Paulo: Constructing the city, reinventing democracy

Rocco, R., 2014, Are we the world? Randstad Holland vs. Sao Paulo, Detroit, Istanbul. Vanstiphout, W., Relats, M. & Emmerik, M. (eds.). Rotterdam, p. 1-11 264 p.

São Paulo: Global metropolis of the south

Rocco, R., 2014, Booklet of the course AR0027 smart infrastructure and mobility. s.n. (ed.). s.l.: IED, p. 1-5

Urban informality and democratisation in Sao Paulo: The sinuous road to citizenship

Rocco, R. & van Ballegooijen, J., 2014, Proceedings AESOP 2014 annual conference "From control to co-evolution". s.n. (ed.). Amsterdam: AESOP, p. 1-16 16 p.

Why discuss spatial justice in urbanism studies

Rocco, R., 2014, In : Atlantis. 24, 4, p. 14-16 3 p.

Articulating soft and hard infrastructures: Emerging new roles for designers and planners

Rocco, R., 2013, In : Atlantis. 24, 1, p. 6-9 4 p.

Issues of governance in water resource management and spatial planning

Rocco, R. & Schweitzer, R., 2013, Proceedings of AESOP-ACSP joint congress. s.n. (ed.). s.l.: AESOP, p. 1-15 15 p.

Methodology for Urbanism

Rocco, R., 2013

Sao Paulo

Deak, C. & Rocco, RC., 2013, Global Research on Urban Planning and Development. Carmona, M. (ed.). Beijing: China Architecture and building Press, p. 208-211 4 p.

Spatial planning and strategy

Rocco, R., 2013

Spatial planning in Latin America

Rocco, R., 2013

Teaching methodology for Urbanism. Appreciating the variety of perspectives in the Urbanism discipline

Rooij, RM. & Rocco, RC., 2013, In : Atlantis. 23, 3, p. 4-6 3 p.

The Urbanism department on emending education. Debate. Febr. 21 st, 2013

Fernandez Maldonado, AM., Rooij, RM., Klaasen, IT., van Dorst, MJ. & Rocco, RC., 2013, In : Atlantis. 23, 3, p. 34-37 4 p.

The great planning game: Exploring new roles for spatial planners and designers

Rocco, R., 2013

The humpty dumpty dilemma: Why we need to integrate knowledge across different communities of practice

Rocco, R., 2013

The ideologies of informality: informal urbanisation in the architectural and planning discourses

van Ballegooijen, J. & Rocco, R., 2013, In : Third World Quarterly: journal of emerging areas. 34, 10, p. 1794-1810 17 p.

Why governance will make urban design and planning better: Dealing with the communicative turn in urban planning and design

Rocco, R., 2013, NUL - New Urban Languages conference proceedings. Salerno, R. & Villa, D. (eds.). Milan, Italy: Planum Association, p. 1-9 9 p.

Location patterns of advanced producer services firms: the case of Sao Paulo

Rocco, RC., 2012, Creative Knowledge Cities. Myths, Visions and Realities. Nijkamp, P. & van Geenhuizen, M. (eds.). Cheltenham UK, Northampton, MA/USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 385-412 475 p.

Understanding the planning of open-spaces in territories-in-between: Dupuy¿s network urbanism approach applied to areas in-between urban and rural

Wandl, A., Rooij, RM. & Rocco, RC., 2012, RSA European Conference 2012. s.n. (ed.). s.l.: Regional Studies Association, p. 1-24 24 p.

Teaching for Urbanism: A Didactical Experience in a Newly Academicized Area

Rocco, RC., Biggs, M., Buchler, D. & Rooij, RM., 2011, World Planning Schools Congress 2011. AESOP (ed.). Perth, Australia: The University of Western Australia, p. 1-22 22 p.

An international collaboration for the development of a research training course in an emergent academic discipline.

Biggs, M., Buchler, M. & Rocco, R., 2010, Proceedings of INTED2010 Conference. IATED (ed.). Valencia: IATED, p. 001081-001087 7 p.

Ecucating the critical urban planner and designer: A didactical experience in an area of practice.

Rocco, RC. & Rooij, RM., 2010, Proceedings of INTED2010 Conference. IATED (ed.). Valencia: IATED, p. 004253-004262 10 p.

A new role for comprehensive Spatial Planning

Nadin, V. & Rocco, RC., 2008, Corporations and cities: Envisioning corporate Real Estate in the Urban Future. Vande Putte, H., de Jonge, H., Declerck, J., Frausto, S., Nadin, V., Rocco, RC., Provoost, J. & van der Zwart, J. (eds.). Rotterdam: Berlage Instiutuut, p. 18-27 10 p.

An Urban Geography of Globalisation: New Urban Structures in the Age of Hyper-connectivity

Rocco, R., 2008, Delft: International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU). 366 p.

The Location of Large Advanced Service Firms in the Network City Region: Evidence from the Randstad-Holland

Rocco, RC., 2008, Corporations and cities: Envisioning corporate Real Estate in the Urban Future. Vande Putte, H., de Jonge, H., Declerck, J., Frausto, S., Nadin, V., Rocco, RC., Provoost, J. & van der Zwart, J. (eds.). Rotterdam: Berlage Instiutuut, p. 1-19 19 p.

Economic flexiblilisation and denationalisation in Brazil

Rocco, RC., 2007, Big business and Economic development. Fernandez Jilberto, AE. & Hogenboom, B. (eds.). Oxon, New York: Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group, p. 191-210 428 p.

Avoiding the generic city: contradictions between globalisation and modernity on urban identity

Rocco, R., 2006, Modernization and Regionalism. Re-inventing Urban Identity. Vol. I. Wang, V., Sheng, Q. & Sezer, C. (eds.). Delft: International Forum on Urbanism, p. 148-157 10 p.

Reason, capital and urban space

Rocco, RC., 2004, In : Dimenski. Teknik Arsitektur. 32, 1, p. 13-18 6 p.

Governância: de instrumento da democracia à instumentalizaçao de um conceito

Rocco, RC., 2003, In : Pós. dec. 2003, 14, p. 94-108 15 p.

The image of the city Sao Paolo - identity and crisis

Rocco, RC., 2003, In : Urbani Izziv. 14, 2, p. 108-111 4 p.

Activities

1st meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean Thematic Working Group on Urban Regeneration

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker), Remon Rooij (Speaker)
18 Jun 201919 Jun 2019

It Could Happen to You 2: Insurgent citizenship, democracy, and the city

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Chair of programme committee), James Holston (Participant)
13 Jun 2019

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU: Far Right Politics and The City

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker), Patricia Schor (Speaker), Danniel Gobbi (Speaker), Edin Elgsaether (Speaker)
2 May 2019

A New Urban Agenda in times of financial capitalism

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Keynote speaker)
30 Jun 2016

Seminar Understanding Informal Urbanisation

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
24 Jun 2016

Jane Jacobs 100: Her legacy and relevance in the 21st Century

Roberto Rocco (Organiser), André Ouwehand (Organiser), B.M. Doucet (Organiser)
24 May 201625 May 2016

Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Legacy: Missed Opportunities

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2 May 2015

How can the Netherlands contribute to urbanisation processes in Brazil?

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2015 → …

International Seminar "Architectural and urban articulation of the metropolitan waterway system of Sao Paulo in the context of Smart Infrastructure and Mobility Studies"

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Organiser)
2015 → …

Introduction to the Randstad: Planning the Network City

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2015 → …

Presentation skills for academic conferences

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2015 → …

The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanisation

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2015 → …

Urban informality and democratisation in Sao Paula: The sinuous road to citizenship

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2015 → …

Why Discuss Spatial Justice in Planning?

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2015 → …

Why Discuss Spatial Justice: Initial Address at the Conference New Urban Languages: Tales and Images of Spatial Justice

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2015 → …

Democracy & memory XXXII International congress of the Latin American Studies Association (Event)

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Member)
2014 → …

International seminar "Architectural and urban articulation of the metropolitan waterway system of Sao Paulo ¿ in the context of Smart Infrastructure and Mobility Studies"

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Organiser)
2014 → …

Learning from Darwin: What can the man who wrote Origin of Species teach us?

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2014 → …

Regional planning and design with water: Learning from Dutch cities and regions

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2014 → …

What's the problem? What is a 'problem' in an academic research project?

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2014 → …

Evaluating projects and designs through essential criteria of sustainability

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2013 → …

Integrating sustainability and spatial planning from an international perspective

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2013 → …

Issues of governance in spatial planning

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2013 → …

The emergence of regional networked governance

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2013 → …

What's governance and what's it for? Dealing with the communitive turn in spatial planning and urban design

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2013 → …

Changing perceptions on the role of academic research in urbanism education: understanding the role of academic research in an area of design and planning practice

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2012 → …

Rio Olympic Legacy: Missed opportunities

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2012 → …

TU Delft, Bouwkunde, Department of Urbanism (Publisher)

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Editor)
2012 → …

ISCTE - Instituto Superior de Ciencias do Trabalho e da Empressa (Event)

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Member)
2010

New spaces for the New Economy: New patterns for the location of advanced services in post-Fordism

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Speaker)
2010 → …

participation in panel organized by CEDLA UvA (LASA Latin American Studies Association Congress) (Event)

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Member)
2010 → …

Berlage Instituut (Publisher)

R.C. Rocco de Campos Pereira (Editor)
2008 → …
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