Roberto Rocco is a spatial planner and researcher in planning theory, regional planning, governance and sustainability at the Section of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). His research interests include multi-level networked governance issues in regional planning and the emergence of complex networked city-regions.
A special focus lies on the study of regional mobility and accessibility systems and their impacts on centrality formation at the regional level. Lately, he has been reorienting his work towards studies of metropolitan and regional governance and the sustainability of these governance structures. He is interested in concepts of spatial justice and the right to the city as crucial concepts that allow for a broader definition of planning tasks and for the emergence of new roles for planners in networked governance structures.
Roberto obtained a diploma in architecture & planning, as well as a post-graduate (scientific) Master of Science in urban planning with a thesis on urban management tools in the city of Sao Paulo. He then pursued his studies at the Institut Francais d’Urbanism and the TU Delft, where he later obtained his doctoral degree with a comparative study on the location patterns of advanced producer services and centrality formation in São Paulo and the Randstad, under conditions of globalization.
Roberto has published several articles and book chapters. he participates in several research networks in Europe and Latin America.