Francesca Vanelli

Academic Assistant, Urban Land Governance for Sustainable Development

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Francesca Vanelli is an Academic Assistant in the Urban Land Governance for Sustainable Development thematic area at IHS. She supports the acquisition, project management, education and training development activities of the institute in the field of urban land governance with a special focus on land, water and natural resources.

Francesca is passionate about social justice and she is interested in the overlap between land governance, adaptation and planning. She has experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods and in transitional and post-socialist countries field-base research.

She graduated cum laude from the MSc. in Urban Management and Development at IHS in 2019, with a specialization in urban land governance.  She obtained an MS. In Architecture at the University of Ferrara in 2016, with a thesis on the spatial and economic regeneration of the waterfront of Havana, Cuba. She is a UN SDSN Local Pathway 2020 Fellow, while previously she worked in the humanitarian field on a post-conflict engineering proposal, across housing, land and property issues.