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Dr Alessio Koliulis
34 Tavistock Square
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  • Lecturer (Teaching) UED
  • Development Planning Unit
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I am an urbanist working at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (UCL) in the M.Sc. Urban Economic Development. I hold a Joint PhD in Urban Planning and Aesthetics (Rome La Sapienza/Paris 8) and have a background in development economics and international cooperation. My doctoral thesis on the electronic music industry analysed the links between night-time economies, urban space, and techno cultures in London and Detroit. Prior to joining UCL, I worked as Grants Officer and Impact Analyst for various development organisations primarily in Latin America and the Middle East. I am also the editor of the publisher Eterotopia France and previously of the international Journal engagée.

Research Groups
Research Summary

  • I hold a Joint PhD in Art and Technology (Paris 8) and Urban Planning (Rome La Sapienza) and have a background in development economics.
  • My interests are at the intersection of critical urban theory and economic geography. This led to a doctoral dissertation on the electronic music industry, which analysed the links between night-time economies, urban space, and techno cultures in London and Detroit.
  • Since 2020, I am working on different research outputs and publications that are mainly focused on the analysis night-time economies and work (see publications); and I am currently writing a book that develops the arguments of my doctoralresearch by providing a new understanding of the role of cultural and creative industries in the hi-tech economies of cities.
  • More broadly my interests fall within two themes: 1) inequalities, urbanisation and global development; and 2) Technological innovation and the cultural and creative industries.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (NITE-HERA)

  • I am currently working as Research Fellow at the UCL Urban Lab. The project Night spaces: migration, culture, and integration in Europe (NITE) funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) focuses on eight European cities, to understand how night spaces are produced, imagined, experienced, and narrated by migrant communities in Europe.

Contribution to Policy

  • Some policy research I conducted include a study to build municipal strategies for nocturnal workers in collaboration with the think tank Autonomy.
  • I worked as economist for the VibeLab/GIZ research project Cultural and creative industries - drivers of development. The research analysed the impact of the pandemic on the Music, Fashion, and Design industries in Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Senegal, South Africa.
  • I worked as a mentor for the finalists of the Creative Cities Challenge, a Global Innovation Collaborative initiative between Berlin, London, New York, and Paris to leverage collective innovation and recovery from Covid-19.
  • I collaborate with the Greater London Authority 24-hour team and The London Borough of Islington's Inclusive Economy Team on programmes to make urban economies, its creative industries and tech sectors, more equal and inclusive.

Teaching Summary

I have an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, combining critical theories and urban political ecology with situated practice for the study of urban economic development. I currently lead two modules:

  • DEVP0038 Urbanisation and Development for the postgraduate MSc Programme in Urban Economic Development. This module offers a critical introduction to the key economic concepts, theories and tools applied to problem diagnosis and policymaking in urbanisation and development;
  • BASC0018 Urban Inequalities and Global Development for UCL BASc Arts and Science Programme. This module is taught to undergraduate students and takes a critical look at ‘the urban’ in the context of development, globalization, and environmental change.

I also contribute to other core modules of the MSc Programme in Urban Economic Development:

  • DEVP0018 Managing the City Economy. This module is designed to enhance the understanding of the city economy and train students in the application of economic criteria to the analysis and management of the city economy in both developing and developed countries.
  • DEVP0019 Practice in Urban Economic Development. This module explores the challenges of promoting inclusive economic development in urban areas both in developing and developed countries, offering students real-life platforms to examine the experiences of urban economic development and management practices.

Academic Background
  Dr Joint PhD Aesthetics, sciences and technologies of the Arts (Paris 8) and Urban Planning (Rome La Sapienza) – Urban & rural planning  
2019   ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow University College London
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