We are very pleased to announce the appointments of Ms Chloe Chang Liu, Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong and Mr Mattia Casula, Department of Political Science, LUISS University Rome as the new Student Representatives to the RSA Board.


Chloe Liu is a PhD research student in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. Her plan is to help build a research communication platform to connect young scholars in similar fields or similar research topics worldwide. She believes that the RSA is a good and efficient way to express thoughts in regional studies to the world, which could also be one of the best ways to find and get connected with those who have a passion in similar fields.

Chloe previously gained a Masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University in New York, and a BSc in Landscape Architecture from Tongji University in Shanghai. She worked for AECOM as a designer before pursuing a master degree several years ago. She has worked in applied projects in China, India, U.S.A. and Brazil, etc. Chloe’s current research interests are concerned with the cultural and creative industries and economic development.  

Mattia Casula is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science, LUISS University in Rome. His research interests are about defragmentation policy in Italian regions and Cohesion Policy in European underdeveloped regions. He has previously been awarded a BA in Political and Organizational Sciences and a MA in Politics, Administration and Organization from the University of Bologna. He has gained international experiences while studying abroad, working in international research centres, and participating in European research networks in the field of territorial governance.

As an RSA Student Representative, he aspires to build networks intended to create a community of young scholars and researchers (which would also involve international institutions) and should result in a series of workshops and international events organised in the field of urban and regional sciences.


Both of our new Student Reps welcome PhD students to reach out to them to get involved in the student network, to discuss research interests and to get involved in student focussed conference sessions and events.

Chloe chloeliu@hku.hk

Mattia mcasula@luiss.it