Valeria Lingua has studied Regional Planning and Local Development at the Polytechnic of Turin and Amenagement at the Institute d’Urbanisme de Paris XII and has a PhD in Regional planning and local development.
She is a Researcher in Urban Planning (Ricercatore RTD/a ICAR/21) at the University of Florence, School of Architecture, where she teaches Urban Management and Urban and Regional Analysis in the undergraduate curricula and Regional Design in the PhD course of “Progettazione Urbanistica e territoriale” (Urban and territorial design).
From 2002 to 2008 she was part of the teaching staff for different courses and workshops on urban and regional planning at the Polytechnic of Turin and she has been lecturer of Foundations of Urban Planning at Camerino University.
From 2008 to July 2013 she was a research fellow at the University of Florence, where she focused her attention on institutional government relationships and cooperative governance in spatial planning, from local to sub-regional planning instruments and practices, which is her main research field.
Valeria studies of planning systems and models, participates in diverse research projects. These activities, together with consulting work for different institutions, are developed with a focus on innovation in practices, institutional learning and cooperative governance in strategic planning at a supra-local level.
In January 2015 she became a founder of the Regional Design Lab, a research group within the University of Florence, DIDA – Department of Architecture, focusing on the study of new forms of governance for regional and urban planning, through the development of spatial and policy design methodologies. In this framework, she is conducting different research projects focusing on sub-regional and inter-municipal planning.