Luca D'Acci

He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham; he was an academic and guest lecturer at Oxford University, Cambridge University and ETH; a guest lecturer at University College London, Vienna Technology University, Reading University, TU Delft, Utrecht University, Birmingham University, Trinity College Dublin, University of Surrey, Bournemouth University, Heriot-Watt University, among many others.

Before moving to Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he worked on several issues related to urban morphology, he was a Professor at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, a researcher at the University of Strathclyde and the Politecnico di Torino. 

His research was underlined by the MIT Technology Review, quoted in a report by NASA and positively commented on by a "Nobel" Prize winner in Geography (Vautrin Lud Prize).

Luca D'Acci is the leader of the hedonic model part inside the "LILP Cali Project" (2016), a research funded by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; in 2015 he joined the "Sustainability Benefit Assessment" project funded by the World Bank, and the "Sustain" project, funded by the European Commission. He was part in "JESSICA": Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (2008-2009); in 2005/06 was a PRIN member (Research Projects of Relevant National Interest) for the research: "effects of urban transformation on local economical systems and real estate markets".

Luca D’Acci holds a post-PhD in Urbanism from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, a PhD in the field of Economic Assessment, two degrees cum laude, one in Architecture and another in Engineering, from the Politecnico di Torino, and 11 recognized exams (with 3 laude) from University of Turin for the degree in Mathematics. 

Apart from Italy and the Netherlands, he lived 6 years among England, Scotland, France, Brazil, Uruguay, Australia, Spain and Ireland, directly experiencing life in megacities, cities, towns, suburban areas, villages, garden cities, planned and unplanned cities, rural settlements and wild nature.

urban morphology and structure, future cities, low-carbon and adaptive cities, quality of life, spatial analysis, complexity, urban economics.


 1) Journals

D'Acci L. (2016). Humanistic and scientific approaches to understanding cities. Inaugural Editorial of Urban PlanningUrban Planning, Vol 1, No 1.

D'Acci L. (2015). Mathematize urbes by humanizing them. Cities as Isobenefit Landscapes: Psycho-Economical distances and Personal Isobenefit Lines. Landscape and Urban Planning, Volume 139, July 2015, Pages 63–81.

D'Acci L. (2013). Simulating Future Societies in Isobenefit Cities. Futures. Volume 54, pp 3-18

D'Acci L. (2013). Hedonic inertia and underground happiness. Social Indicators Research, Volume 113, n.3, pp 1237-1259.

D'Acci L. (2013). Monetary, Subjective and Quantitative Approaches to Assess Urban Quality of Life and Pleasantness in Cities. Social Indicators Research, Volume 115, n. 2, pp 531-559.

D'Acci L. (2011). Measuring Well-Being and Progress. Social Indicators Research, Volume 104, n.1, pp 47-65.

 2) Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

 D'Acci L., Gianoli A., Grafakos S., (2015). Where people live matters for their wellbeing. ERSA 2015,  European Regional Science Association

Grafakos S., Gianoli A., Tsatsou A., D’Acci L. (2015). Towards the development of an integrated sustainability and resilience benefits assessment framework of urban interventions. International Conference on Urban Resilience - RESURBE II.

Grafakos S., Gianoli A., Sharma S., D'Acci L. (2015). Integrating low carbon and climate adaptation benefits in an integrated Sustainability Benefits assessment methodology. ECCA 2015, European Climate Change Adaptation Conference.

D’Acci L., Medrano L. (2011). Megacities in developing countries, European Urban Research Association  (EURA): Cities without limits.

D’Acci L. (2009). Spatial Distribution of Social Benefit Given by Urban Attractions: a Test of UrAD Model, Lecture Notes in Computer Science LNCS 5592, pp 237–252, Springer-Verlag.

D’Acci L., Ingaramo L., Sabatino S. (2009). Emerging Trends in the Italian Housing Market, in ERES Conference 2009, European Real Estate Society conference, Stockholm.

D’Acci L. (2008). Growths, Urban Transformations, Real Estate Positional Value: Econometric Cellular  Automata for the Simulation of the Positional Value: An Application for Turin, Lecture Notes in  Computer Science, LNCS 5072, pp 96-110, Springer-Verlag.

D’Acci L. (2007). SiVa: Econometric Cellular Automata for a simulation of real estate values, in ERES 14th Annual European Real Estate Society Conference, London.

D’Acci L. (2006). Model of Simulation and Urban Complexity, XXVII AISRe Conference.

 3) Book chapters

D’Acci L., Lombardi P., Segre G., Sonetti G. (2013). L’Estimo e l’Economia. In Roscelli R. (editor), Manuale di Estimo, De Agostini, pp 3-51.

D’Acci L., Lombardi P. (2010). MuSIC - A new Multi-scalar index for evaluating Sustainability in Cities, in “Sustainable Architecture & urban development”, Lehmann S., Al Waer H., Al-Qawasmi J., CSAAR - Center for the Study of Architecture in Arab Region (JOR), Vol. 3, pp 19-34. 

D’Acci L. (2010). A spatial multicriteria decision analysis to plan new urban poles in metropolies, in: “Informatica e Pianificazione Urbana e Territoriale”, Las Casas G., Pontrandolfi P., Murgante B. (editors), Libria, Vol.1, pp 321-330.

D’Acci L. (2009). A mathematical aid for efficient distribution of social benefit in urban planning, in: Advances in Models and Methods for Planning, Scarlatti F., Rabino G., (editors), Pitagora, Bologna.

D’Acci L., Zorzi F. (2007). Un modello per la simulazione dei valori immobiliari, in: Sistemi economici locali e mercati immobiliari, E. Mollica, Gangemi.

 4) Other publications

D'Acci L. (2014). Urban DNA for cities evolution. Computers and Society; Adaptation and Self-Organizing Systems; Physics and Society. Cornell University.

D’Acci L. (2014). Urban Quality of Life Estimates, Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer. pp 6855-6867.

D’Acci L. (2014). Wellbeing and Progress Measurement, Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer. pp 7062-7070. 

D’Acci L. (2014). Urban Isobenefit Lines, Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer. pp 6837-6848. 

D’Acci L. (2013). Macro and Micro Spatial Equilibrium. SSRN.

D’Acci L. (2012). Modelling Spatial Equilibrium in Cities: the Isobenefit Lines, General Finance (q-fin.GN); Physics and Society (physics.soc-ph), Cornell University Library. 

D’Acci L. (2012). Isobenefit Lines, Breaking Point of equal attraction, Uniformity Benefit, Variety Value and Proximity Value, Preference Gap Gain, General Finance (q-fin.GN); Physics and Society (physics.soc-ph), Cornell University Library.