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The research area promotes critical, creative, and collaborative research focused on innovative and transformative solutions in the field of sustainable urban regeneration. The aim is to develop and disseminate knowledge, methods, and best practices to face complex urban challenges. The research activities are based on cross-disciplinary approaches with the aim to produce collaborative and world-leading research products.


Innovative financing instruments for urban sustainable regeneration

Investments oriented to ESG criteria (Environmental, Social and Governance) are increasing in all sectors, including the real estate. The EU has developed a taxonomy of environmentally sustainable activities. Within this distruptive time the research aim to investigates financing instruments, looking at the ESG criteria, financial rating systems, EU taxonomy, and evaluation instruments (including GRESB) to assess the performance of investments related to sustainable urban regeneration.


Each year we investigate a different crucial and strategic topic for sustainable urban regeneration.

The COVID-19 pandemic is profoundly changing the perception of living and working spaces. There is a need for rethinking and reshaping urban spaces and services to face the new challenge. The research aimed to study the evolution of shared living and working models (co-living, shared housing services, co-working, smart working, etc.) and the opportunities offered by new technologies. The position paper developed by the SUR Lab research team is available here

In the third year, we will analyze and evaluate sustainability standards and protocols for urban regeneration projects (such as the ISO standards for cities, the SDG indicators for cities, the UN-Habitat CPI, etc.), considering economic and social impacts of urban regeneration on districts and cities.

In the fourth year, we will explore innovative business models for urban sustainable regeneration projects in order to identify, categorize and evaluate them, drawing on national and international cases.

In the fifth year, we will identify and assess the private and social value generated by urban regeneration projects, considering the whole value chain involved in urban transformations, which include energy efficiency, sustainable use of water, CO2 emission reduction, land use, green infrastructures, etc.