Sofia Pagliarin

Dr Sofia Pagliarin

Researcher in Urban Transitions and Digitisation

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Sofia Pagliarin holds a PhD in urban studies and spatial planning and development that she obtained in 2014 at the Bicocca University of Milan (Italy) and KU Leuven (Belgium) through a co-tutorship. Her doctoral thesis focused on land-use patterns, multi-level governance and spatial planning factors related to land consumption and urban sprawl in the metropolitan areas of Barcelona (Spain) and Milan (Italy). 

Between 2016 and 2017, she worked as a post-doc in Zurich (Switzerland) in an interdisciplinary project (CONCUR) where she examined the combinations of conditions leading to a successful implementation of large-scale urban development projects in a pool of European cities. Between 2018 and 2021, she worked as an associate researcher at the Chair of Governance of Complex Technological and Innovative Systems at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Bamberg (Germany). In that post, she expanded and reinforced her expertise in infrastructure planning and implementation (including megaprojects), socio-technological studies, technological transitions and digital technologies, complexity-informed approaches in the social sciences and qualitative, set-theoretic comparative research methods for empirical research, in particular in-depth interviews and qualitative comparative analysis (QCA). 

At IHS, Sofia Pagliarin is currently the coordinator and one of the lecturers of the specialisation Infrastructure and Smart Cities, and since 2023 she will be part of the coordination team for the Urban Digital Transformation & Innovation master track.

Since 2021, she is working on a comparative study analysing the digitisation processes of public administration in some European cities thanks to the ETF-grant "Van Oostrom" within the framework of the Vital Cities and Citizens (VCC) Initiative at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS) at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. 

She is also active in the co-organisation of academic events, in particular the international qualitative comparative anaylsis (QCA) workshop held every year in Zurich. She is also a member of the QCA community "COMPASSS" and of the International Sociology Association (ISA) Research Committe in Urban and Regional Development (RC21).

Gerrits. L., Pagiarin, S., Klein, K. U. and Knieling, F. (2023). Tracing complex urban transformations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria using trajectory-based qualitative comparative analysis (TJ-QCA). Cities, 141, 104507. (First online 16 August 2023)

Pagliarin, S. (2023). Institutional blendscapes: The suburban governance role of the Diputación de Barcelona, Built Environment, 49(2), 94-114. First online 01 March 2023)

Pagliarin, S. (2022). Ebbs and flows of metropolitan authorities : supra-local spatial planning and impact on land-use patterns. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, (First online 25 April 2022)

Pagliarin, S. (2022). Supra-local spatial planning practices and suburban patterns in the Barcelona and Milan urban regions. Land Use Policy, 112, 105816,
Pagliarin, S., La Mendola, S. and Vis, B. (2022). The “qualitative” in qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) : research moves, case-intimacy and face-to-face interviews, Quality & Quantity,

Gerrits, L., Marks, P. K., Pagliarin, S. and Rauws, W. (2022). Strategic archetypes of planning processes : model and evidence. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 49(9), 2516-2530.

Gerrits, L., Chang, R. and Pagliarin, S. (2021). Case-based complexity: within-case time variation and temporal casingOpens externalComplexity, Governance & Networks, 7(1), 29-49.

Pagliarin, S. and De Decker, P. (2021). Regionalised sprawl : conceptualising suburbanisation in the European context. Urban Research & Practice, 14(2), 138-156.

Palka, G., Oliveira, E., Pagliarin, S. and Hersperger, A. M. (2021). Strategic spatial planning and efficacy: an analytic hierarchy process (AHP) approach in Lyon and Copenhagen. European Planning Studies, 29(6), 1174-1192.

Pagliarin, S., Herrmann, D., Nicklas, D., Glückert, H., Meyer, J. and Vizitiu, P. (2021). Data policy models in European smart cities Experiences, opportunities and challenges in data policies in Europe (working paper). Bamberg: Otto-Friedrich-Universität.

Gerrits, L. and Pagliarin, S. (2020). Social and causal complexity in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) : strategies to account for emergence. International Journal of Social Research Methodology ,24, 501–514.

Pagliarin, S. and Gerrits, L. (2020). Trajectory-based Qualitative Comparative Analysis : accounting for case-based time dynamics. Methodological Innovations, 13 (3).
Pagliarin, S., Hersperger, A. M. and Rihoux, B. (2020). Implementation pathways of large-scale urban development projects (lsUDPs) in Western Europe: a qualitative comparative analysis (QCA). European Planning Studies, 28(6), 1242-1263.
Hersperger, A. M., Grădinaru, S., Oliveira, E., Pagliarin, S. and Palka, G. (2019). Understanding strategic spatial planning to effectively guide development of urban regions. Cities, 94, 96-105.

Pagliarin, S. (2018). Linking processes and patterns: Spatial planning, governance and urban sprawl in the Barcelona and Milan metropolitan regions, Urban Studies, 55(16), 3650-3668.

Hersperger, A. M., Oliveira, E., Pagliarin, S., Palka, G., Verburg, P., Bolliger, J. and Grădinaru, S. (2018). Urban land-use change : the role of strategic spatial planning. Global Environmental Change, 51, 32-42.

Pagliarin, S. (2017). Working leisure : entertaining guests in gated tourist resorts. Leisure Studies, 36(6), 752-763.


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