Alberto Gianoli

Head of Urban Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change

Email address
+31 627119892

Alberto Gianoli (PhD Policy Studies, University of Bristol; MSc Economics, University of Milano) is an economist and management specialist with fifteen years of working experience as a researcher and consultant. His main areas of expertise and interest include urban environment and infrastructure, project and infrastructure finance, climate change adaptation and mitigation, decision making analysis (e.g. cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, multi-criteria decision making), performance measurement and management, monitoring and evaluation, impact studies, urban and regional management and governance, and urban and regional economic development. At the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) Dr Gianoli is involved with high-profile research and consultancy assignments, is project leader for various international projects and teaches on IHS Master in Urban Management and Development. In previous years he has been the chairperson of IHS Academic Board and of IHS Research Committee and has coordinated IHS PhD programme. Prior to joining IHS, Dr Gianoli worked for an international research and consultancy organisation on European Commission projects in the field of urban and regional (sustainable) development.

Dr. Gianoli has completed a wide range of consultancy assignments and has held various positions including project coordinator, team leader, senior technical advisor, principal researcher and trainer. He has carried out assignments for the World Bank, European Commission, United Nations (UNDP, UNEP, UN-HABITAT), OSCE and several national, regional and local governments world-wide. He has working experience in a number of countries including Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Kosovo, Romania, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Curacao. Dr. Gianoli coordinates IHS activities in Vietnam.


Gianoli, A. and Bravo, F. (2020), Carbon Tax, Carbon Leakage and the Theory of Induced Innovation in the Decarbonisation of Industrial Processes: The Case of the Port of Rotterdam, Sustainability, 12, 18

Gianoli, A., Sharma, S. and Gebremeskel, G. (2020), The management of green spaces in Addis Ababa in the context of climate change, Advances in Environmental Research, volume 74, (forthcoming)

Gianoli, A. and Palazzolo Henkes, R. (2020), Innovation districts and adaptive governance: the evolution of 22@ in Barcelona, Urban Science, 4, 2, pp. 16-24

Alade, T., Edelenbos, J. and Gianoli, A. (2020), Sustainable Approach to Innovation Adoption in Light-rail Transport, Sustainability, 12, 3

Endo, K., Gianoli, A. and Edelenbos, J. (2020)., Coming to Financial Close in PPPs: Identifying Critical Factors in the Case of Toll Road Projects in Indonesia, Public Works Management and Policy, (forthcoming)

T. Alade, J. Edelenbos and A. Gianoli (2019), Adapting Urban Light-Rail Transport to the African Context; A Process by Transport Authorities and Chinese Rail Corporations in Addis-Ababa, Abuja, and Lagos, Urban Science, (forthcoming)

Y. Lim, J. Edelenbos and A. Gianoli, (2019), Smart Energy Transition: An Evaluation of Cities in South Korea, Informatics, (forthcoming)

T. Alade, J. Edelenbos and A. Gianoli (2019), Frugality in Multi-actor Interactions and Absorptive Capacity of Addis-Ababa Light-rail Transport, Journal of Urban Management (forthcoming

Lim, Y., J. Edelenbos J. and Gianoli, A., (2019) Identifying the results of smart city development: Findings from a systematic literature review, Cities, (forthcoming)

Weststrate, J., Gianoli, A., Eshuis, J. Dijkstra, G., Rusca, M. and Cossa, I.J., (2019), The regulation of onsite sanitation in Maputo, Mozambique, Utilities Policy, (forthcoming)

Gianoli, A. and Bhatnagar, R. (2019), Managing the water-energy nexus within a climate change context - Lessons from the experience of Cuenca, Ecuador, Sustainability, (forthcoming)

Russell, M., Gianoli, A. and Grafakos, S. (2019), Getting the Ball Rolling: An Exploration of the Drivers and Barriers Towards the Implementation of Bottom-up Circular Economy Initiatives in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, (forthcoming)

Ngo, H., Edelenbos, J. and Gianoli, A. (2019), Community participation and local government capacity in Vietnam: Conditions for co-production, Public Administration and Development, 39, 2, pp. 104-118

Wall, R., Grafakos, S., Gianoli, A. and Stavropoulos, S. (2019), Which policy instruments attract foreign direct investments in renewable energy?, Climate Policy, 19, 1, pp. 59-72

Bhatnagar, R and Gianoli, A (2019), Water-for-energy in a climate change context: lessons learnt from Cuenca, Ecuador, A Better World - Actions and Commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals, volume 5, UN Habitat

Weststrate, J., Dijkstra, G., Eshuis, J., Gianoli, A. and Rusca, M. (2019), The Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation: Learning from the Millennium Development Goals, Social Indicators Research, 143, 2, pp. 795-810

Ylema, M. and Gianoli, A. (2018), Infrastructure governance: Causes for the poor sectoral coordination among infrastructure sectors of Addis Ababa, Cities, 83, pp. 165-172

Wall, R, Grafakos, S, Gianoli, A and Stavropoulos, S (2018), UN Habitat The State of African Cities 2018 Chapter 8 Policy Instruments for attracting FDI in Renewable Energy, UN Habitat

Olivotto, V., Gianoli, A. (2017), ‘The Urban Governance of Climate Change Adaptation: Analyzing the Public-private Divide in Ho Chi Minh City’, in Unfolding City Governance in Complex Environments, J Edelenbos et al (eds), PA Publishing

Grafakos, S., Gianoli, A., Olivotto, V., Kaczmarski, C. (2017), ‘Measuring the Immeasurable: Towards an Integrated Evaluation Framework of Climate Change Adaptation Projects’, in Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, M N Madu and K Chu-hua (eds)  World Scientific Press and Imperial College Press, London

Grafakos, S., Gianoli, A. (2017), Sustainability Benefits Assessment Methodology for the Green Growth Programme in Colombo, World Bank

Gianoli, A., Otgaar, A. (2016), ‘Integrated Housing Development Programme in Addis Ababa’ in Delivering Sustainable Competitiveness - Revisiting the Organising Capacity of Cities, L Carvalho et al (eds), Routledge

Grafakos, S., Gianoli, A., Tsatsou, A. (2016), ‘Towards the Development of an Integrated Sustainability and Resilience Benefits Assessment Framework of Urban Green Growth Interventions’, Sustainability, 8, 5, pp 461- 494

van den Dool, L., Hendriks, F., Gianoli, A., Schaap, L. (eds) (2015), The Quest for Good Urban Governance: Theoretical Reflections and International Practices, Springer VS

van den Dool, L., Gianoli, A., Hendriks, F., Schaap, L. (2015), ‘Good Urban Governance: Challenges and Values’, in The Quest for Good Urban Governance: Theoretical Reflections and International Practices’, L van den Dool et al (eds), Springer VS

van den Dool, L., Schaap, L., Hendriks, F., Gianoli, A. (2015), ‘The Continuing Quest for Good Urban Governance’, in The Quest for Good Urban Governance: Theoretical Reflections and International Practices’, L van den Dool et al (eds), Springer VS

Gianoli, A., Bongwa, A. (2013), Financing urban infrastructure: challenges and options, in Africa infrastructure investment report, London, Commonwealth Publications

van Ostaaijen, J., Gianoli, A., Coulson. A. (2012), ‘Added value of intra-municipal decentralisation: Comparing Birmingham, Bologna and Rotterdam’, in L Schaap, H Daemen (eds), Renewal in European Democracies. Puzzles, Dilemmas and Options, Springer VS

Bergstrom, T., Gianoli, A., Rao, N. (2012), ‘Strong Leadership and Local Democracy, in Renewal in European Local Democracies’, Springer VS, in L Schaap, H Daemen (eds), Renewal in European Democracies. Puzzles, Dilemmas and Options, Springer VS

Penaranda, A., Gianoli, A. (2011), Public Service Improvement Initiatives in Developing Countries: The experience of the Citizens' Charter in Naga City, Philippines, AV Publishing

Gianoli, A. (2010), ‘Local leadership and the directly elected mayor: The case of strategic city planning in Torino, Italy’, Journal of Town and City Management, 1, 2, pp 186-196

Rabe, P., Gianoli, A., Kamanzi, A. (2010), Participation at the Local Level in Tanzania, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency 

Rianita, S., Gianoli, A., Subanu, L. (2010), Regional Cooperation in Metropolitan Regions, AV Publishing

Gianoli, A. (2009), Local democratic governance: the management of complexity, Saarbrücken, VDM Publishing

Odufuwa, B., Fransen, J., Bongwa, A., Gianoli, A. (2009), Cities: theories and reality, Journal of Geography and Regional Planning, 2, 10, pp 243-248

Dauskardt, R., Gianoli, A., van der Wegen, S. (2006), Starting a Pro-poor Public Private Partnership for a Basic Urban Service, United Nations Development Programme

Dauskardt, R., Gianoli, A., Hofman, A. (2005), Global Lessons Learnt in Public Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment, United Nations Development Programme