Dr Sofia Pagliarin
Researcher in Urban Transitions and Digitisation
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).