School: The School of Surveying & Planning
Position: Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning
I graduated from the Politecnico of Torino (Italy) in 1999 with a MA in Architecture and in 2000 with a MSc in Environmental Engineering. I then completed a PhD at the Politecnico of Milan on the topic of sustainable regeneration in the UK followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University on urban communities and social diversity in Baltimore and Chicago.
Before taking up a lectureship at Kingston University in 2007, I worked as research assistant at the Politecnico of Torino (2001), as lecturer in Urban Regeneration at the Politecnico of Milano (2005-6) and as visiting researcher at King's College London (2007).
My main research aim is to challenge concepts such as 'sustainable communities' come to be fixed and elaborate how more fluid conceptualizations of social processes have specific implications for sustainable urban development. This involves the complementary aims of first thinking about how urban social processes can act as drivers for sustainable environmental development. Second, using interstitial spaces - both spatial and discursive - that tend to emerge in the classifications and categorizations of current urban sustainable development policies and practices to think through the dis/continuities of social processes and their consequences for sustainable urban development.
My current research projects are focused on different aspects of this agenda. A research project funded by the British Council focuses on the role of grassroots movements like Transition Towns in the UK and Italy in changing people's everyday behaviour to more sustainably driven life-styles in post-oil city scenarios. Most recently, I have embarked on a project provisionally entitled 'handmade spaces' that explores the experience of community and place in a former squatter community in South London. This research explores the practices through which community is negotiated in everyday life, as well as the relationship between physical spaces, the experience of sociability and feelings of belonging.
Over the past few years, I have supervised a large number of dissertations on the topic of planning and sustainability, urban regeneration and local retail at undergraduate and postgraduate level and many masterplans and area action plans at postgraduate level.
I currently coordinate the MA in Sustainable Placemaking and Urban Design where I lead the module on Sustainable and Placemaking and teach in the MA in Planning and Sustainability where I lead the modules on Regeneration, Social Sustainability and Masters Project and I joint teach across different modules.
a. conferences, workshop and seminars organised
2009-10 Twin Cities research seminars series with City Network, Kingston University.
2008-09 Places with People research seminars series, Kingston University.
2008 International Workshop: The case study of Portello in Milan, joint project between the MA students in Planning and Sustainability of Kingston University and students in planning of the Politecnico of Milano (Milano, 21-23 April)
2007-08 Planning and Sustainability research seminar series, Kingston University.
b. Recent international guest lectures
2008 Business Improvement Districts in London (Politecnico of Milano, 19 March)
2008 Mixed communities. Recent housing policies in the UK and US (Politecnico of Milano, 30 May) 2008 Exclusion, polarization and (sustainable) mixed communities in the UK and US (Politecnico of Milano, 27 November)
c. invitation to workshops
(7 December 2011) Mobile workshop on: Performing the city: mobility, space and subjectivity (University of East London's Sustainable Mobilities Research Group)
(16-18 May 2012) Workshop on: grassroots movement and social innovation (University of East Anglia and University of Sussex)
Gullino, Silvia (2011) The fluidity of social sustainability in spaces of movement: the case of the art stations in Naples, Italy. International Journal of Sustainable Society, 3(4), pp. 414-430. ISSN (print) 1756-2538
Gullino, Silvia (2009) Urban regeneration and democratization of information access: CitiStat experience in Baltimore. Journal of Environmental Management, 90(6), pp. 2012-2019. ISSN (print) 0301-4797
Gullino, Silvia (2008) Book review of 'Partnership, collaborative planning and urban regeneration,' by John McCarthy. European Planning Studies, 16(7), pp. 1007-1008. ISSN (print) 0965-4313
Gullino, Silvia (2008) Mixed communities as a means of achieving sustainable communities: a comparison between US experiences and UK policy intentions. Local Economy, 23(3), pp. 127-135. ISSN (print) 0269-0942
Gullino, Silvia, Haworth, Anna and Raco, Mike (2007) Urban regeneration and sustainable communities: insights from the British experience. Milan, Italy : Libreria Clup. 95p. ISBN 9788870909685
Morandi, Corinna and Gullino, Silvia, eds. (2006) Milano: esercizi di urban design: exercises in urban design. Limena, Italy : LibreriaClup. 138p. ISBN 8870909093
Gullino, S. (2008) Urban regeneration in Baltimore: can CitiStat be one of the answers to build more social inclusive processes? In: Bucher, Ulrike and Finca, Maros, (eds.) The electronic city. Future urban research in Europe 1. Berlin, Germany : Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag. pp. 247-254. ISBN 9783830514527
Gullino, Silvia (2006) La rigenerazione urbana fra strategie passate e future : Urban regeneration between past and future strategies. In: Morandi, Corinna and Gullino, Silvia, (eds.) Milano: esercizi di urban design: exercises in urban design. Limena, Italy : LibreriaClup. pp. 17-24. ISBN 8870909093
Pacchi, Carolina and Gullino, Silvia (2010) Grassroots organisations, eco-transport and behavioural change in the UK and Italy: the example of the transition towns movement. In: Space is luxury: 24th AESOP annual conference ; 07 - 10 Jul 2010, Otaniemi, Finland.
Gullino, Silvia and Seetzen, Heidi (2010) Handmade places: a social history of Bonnington Square in London. In: Diversity and convergence: planning in a world of change : The UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2010; 07 - 09 Apr 2010, Chelmsford, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Gullino, Silvia (2009) From transport nodes to places: the contribution of railway stations to the social sustainability of suburbs. In: Unequal places: planning and territorial cohesion : UK-Ireland Planning Resarch Conference 2009; 01 - 03 Apr 2009, Newcastle, U.K.. (Unpublished)