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dr. F. (Federico) Savini

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    GPIO : Urban Planning
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
    Room number: B4.15
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15629
    1001 NC  Amsterdam

Federico Savini (1984) is Assistant Professor (UD) at the University of Amsterdam. He is joining his background in Political Sociology and Political Science to research on urban and regional planning. His PhD project focused on the political dynamics of planning projects in the Urban Periphery. He currently works on diverse set of urban topics: legal planning frameworks, institutional approaches to planning, financial characteristics of urban development and on the impact of technologies on policies of sustainable development. His teaching includes BA planning theory courses, specific research methods courses, the use of specific tools in strategic planning and decision making. He is coordinator of the yearly MA policy studio on 'innovative planning practices' set up in cooperation with the Municipality of Amsterdam and the City Council. He advises the Amsterdam Spatial Planning Department on several projects.

New book: Planning Projects in Transition (with Willem Salet)

CODALoops: Community data-driven feedback loops for sustainable urban lifestyle

Despite targeted policies and technological innovations, household energy consumption is still increasing in Europe. This project seeks to break this impasse by enabling behavioral change through the design, implementation and assessment of learning feedback loops supported by a web-based platform. It will enhance individual and community learning processes and inform policies for the smart use of big data. The project is transdisciplinary and experimental, aiming at: a) understanding data-driven learning feedback loops between individuals and communities to enable behavioral change in energy choices, b) generating ‘Individual to Community’ and ‘Community to Policy’ loops through designing and testing a learning support software for data-sharing, c) analyzing and assessing the interaction among individuals and groups within this platform to inform wider policies for energy transitions. The project delivers: a) a prototype learning platform for sharing data about individual and community energy consumption choices; b) a plan for the marketization and wider application of this platform: c) policy recommendations for enabling learning and behavioral change towards reduced energy use. CODALoop combines cutting edge cognitive modeling, data analysis and qualitative research methods. It includes 13 partners with diverse backgrounds and focuses on a set of selected urban areas through a living lab approach.

APRILab: Action oriented planning, regulation and investment dilemmas for innovative urban development in living lab experiences

The project investigates the emerging dilemmas in the practice of urban development in the urban periphery though techniques of action-based research. It focuses on the combined innovation of planning regulations, financial arrangements and urban interventions in different European contexts. Innovation in planning practice through processes of co-creation has become a priority, not only for urban agencies in practice but also for scientific research. Planning practice is puzzled by upcoming concepts of adaptability, resilience, and self-organization which present idealized visions of governance. Urban development often still takes place through traditional forms of rational approaches of research and practice, characterized by its instrumental focus on goal-specific tasks, means, and outcomes rather than searching for context based adaptability under the guidance of generic principles. APRILab entails research into fundamental political dilemmas that constrain effective innovation. It focuses on three major dilemmas to conceptualize the different trade-offs for governance innovation between the extremes of self-organization and control:

Planning, between control of spatial processes and accommodation of emergent urban change; 

Regulation, between instrumentalism and generic normative guidance of self-regulation; 

Investment, between supply and demand driven investments. 

The project is funded by The Dutch National Agency of Scientific Research (NWO)  within the frame of the Joint Program Initiative ‘URBAN EUROPE’

Urban Peripheries: Completed

The PhD research by Federico Savini addresses the challenges, dilemmas and problematics of spatial planning in the contemporary urban periphery. His work focuses on patterns of decision making in large scale urban development. He adopts a comparative methodology to explore the way public, private and civic actors interacts and cooperate in order to govern planning processes and in the way institutional innovation is achieved in the practice of inter-municipal cooperation and metropolitan governance. By using theories on urban politics, the project particularly look at the political dynamics driving urban projects taking place in the urban periphery. The urban Periphery is an emerging and highly challenging space for planning. Urban transformations need to mediate between the creation of new spatial qualities and the coping with existing socio-economic problems. The project address the electoral and ideological background of development policies targeting the urban periphery in European cities. In particular, it looks at the behavior of political coalitions and political elites, and at their links with large private developers. The research is an international comparison of three projects currently taking place in the city regions of Amsterdam, Paris and Milan . The project develops with the cooperation of the Dutch Ministry of Spatial Planning, Environment and Housing


  • Savini, F. (2016). Don’t blame public law: the legal articulation of certainty in Amsterdam land-use planning. Town Planning Review, 87(4), 459-479. DOI: 10.3828/tpr.2016.29 [details]
  • Savini, F. (2016). Planning, uncertainty and risk: The neoliberal logics of Amsterdam urbanism. Environment and Planning A. DOI:, 10.1177/0308518X16684520 [details]
  • Savini, F., & Dembski, S. (2016). Manufacturing the creative city: Symbols and politics of Amsterdam North. Cities : The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, 55, 139-147. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2016.02.013 [details]
  • Savini, F., & Salet, W. G. M. (2016). Planning Projects in Transition: Interventions, Regulations and Investments. Jovis. [details]
  • Savini, F., Boterman, W. R., van Gent, W. P. C., & Majoor, S. (2016). Amsterdam in the 21st century: geography, housing, spatial development and politics. Cities : The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, 52, 103-113. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2015.11.017 [details]
  • Savini, F., Majoor, S. J. H., & Salet, W. G. M. (2016). Dilemma’s of Planning, Intervention, Regulation and Investment. In F. Savini, & W. Salet (Eds.), Planning Projects in Transition: Interventions, Regulations and Investments. (pp. 26-43). Berlin: Jovis. [details]
  • Markus, M., & Savini, F. (2016). The implementation deficits of adaptation and mitigation: green buildings and water security in Amsterdam and Boston. Planning Theory & Practice, 17(4), 497-515. DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2016.1210666 [details]


  • Salet, W., & Savini, F. (2015). The political governance of urban peripheries. Environment and planning C: Government & policy, 33(3), 448-456. DOI: 10.1177/0263774X15594052 [details]
  • Salet, W., Vermeulen, R., Savini, F., & Dembski, S. (2015). Planning for the new European metropolis: functions, politics, and symbols. Planning Theory & Practice, 16(2), 251-254. DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2015.1021574 [details]
  • Salet, W., Vermeulen, R., Savini, F., & Dembski, S. (2015). Which challenges for today's European metropolitan spaces? Planning Theory & Practice, 16(2), 274-275. DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2015.1021574 [details]
  • Savini, F. (2015). Het Europa van de randgebieden. In V. Mamadouh, & A. van Wageningen (Eds.), EU@Amsterdam: Een stedelijke raad (pp. 387-394). Amsterdam: AUP. [details]
  • Savini, F., & Aalbers, M. B. (2015). The de-contextualisation of land use planning through financialisation: Urban redevelopment in Milan. European Urban and Regional Studies, 23(4), 878. [4]. DOI: 10.1177/0969776415585887 [details]
  • Savini, F., Majoor, S., & Salet, W. (2015). Dilemmas of planning: intervention, regulation, and investment. Planning Theory, 14(3), 296-315. DOI: 10.1177/1473095214531430 [details]
  • Savini, F., Majoor, S., & Salet, W. (2015). Urban peripheries: reflecting on politics and projects in Amsterdam, Milan, and Paris. Environment and planning C: Government & policy, 33(3), 457-474. DOI: 10.1068/c13132 [details]


  • Savini, F. (2014). What Happens to the Urban Periphery? The Political Tensions of Postindustrial Redevelopment in Milan. Urban Affairs Review, 50(2), 180-205. DOI: 10.1177/1078087413495809 [details]


  • Salet, W., & Savini, F. (2013). Le paradoxe de la démocratie dans les périphéries urbaines. In C. Lefèvre, N. Roseau, & T. Vitale (Eds.), De la ville à la métropole: les défis de la gouvernance. (pp. 65-76). (Critiques & cités). Paris: L'Œil d'Or. [details]
  • Savini, F. (2013). Political dilemmas in peripheral development: investment, regulation, and interventions in metropolitan Amsterdam. Planning Theory & Practice, 14(3), 333-348. DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2013.820340 [details]
  • Savini, F. (2013). The governability of national spatial planning: light instruments and logics of governmental action in strategic urban development. Urban Studies, 50(8), 1592-1607. [1607]. DOI: 10.1177/0042098012465131 [details]


  • Savini, F. (2012). 1996-2011: l'odissea della programmazione negoziata nelle aree ex Falck di Sesto San Giovanni. Urbanistica, 148, 104-117. [details]
  • Savini, F. (2012). Who makes the (new) metropolis? Cross-border coalition and urban development in Paris. Environment and Planning A, 44(8), 1875-1895. DOI: 10.1068/a44632 [details]


  • Savini, F. (2011). Il valore aggiunto della pianificazione sovra-locale: interventi strategici e governo centrale in Olanda. Territorio, 59, 118-127. DOI: 10.3280/TR2011-059016 [details]
  • Savini, F. (2011). The endowment of community participation: institutional settings in two urban regeneration projects. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 35(5), 949-968. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2010.00997.x [details]


  • Savini, F., Salet, W., & Markus, M. (2015). APRILab: regulation dilemma report. (APRILab deliverable; No. 3a). Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. [details] [PDF]


  • Salet, W. G. M., Savini, F., & Majoor, S. J. H. (2013). Environment and planning C: Government & policy. Environment and planning C: Government & policy[details]


  • Savini, F. (2009). Burgerparticipatie in Denemarken en Italië. Agora, 25(1), 36-39. [details]
  • Savini, F. (2009). Governo e governance per la rigenerazione urbana. Urbanistica Informazioni, 223, 57-65. [details]


  • Savini, F. (2016). Amsterdam in transizione. Urbanistica Informazioni, 265, 64-69. [details]


  • Savini, F., Verschuuren, S., Salet, W., & Raats, K. (2015). Master studio urban planning 2014-2015: urban metabolism. Amsterdam: Department of Human Geography, Urban Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam. [details] [PDF]
  • Savini, F., Salet, W., & Verschuuren, S. (2015). Introduction: The metabolic city. In F. Savini, S. Verschuuren, W. Salet, & K. Raats (Eds.), Master studio urban planning 2014-2015: urban metabolism (pp. 4-5). Amsterdam: Department of Human Geography, Urban Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam. [details] [PDF]


  • Savini, F. (2013). [Review of: A. Balducci, V. Fedeli (2011) Strategic planning for contemporary urban regions: city of cities: a project for Milan]. Urban Research & Practice, 6(2), 235-236. DOI: 10.1080/17535069.2013.808437 [details]


  • Savini, F. (2012). The framework for SAPONIs in the Netherlands: programmes, projects and instruments. In B. Scholl (Ed.), SAPONI: Spaces and Projects of National Importance (pp. 44-48). Zürich: Vdf Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zürich. [details]
  • Savini, F. (2012). [Review of: S. Dühr, C. Colomb (2010) European spatial planning and territorial cooperation]. Urban Research & Practice, 4(3), 359-361. DOI: 10.1080/17535069.2011.616757 [details]
  • Savini, F., & Ovink, H. (2012). The role of national governments in addressing complexity in spatial planning. In B. Scholl (Ed.), SAPONI: Spaces and Projects of National Importance (pp. 64-66). Zurich: Vdf Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zürich. [details]


  • Savini, F., Salet, W., & Majoor, S. (2010). Enabling strategic projects: assessment of key instruments for national spatial planning. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. [details]


  • Savini, F. (2014). Urban peripheries: The political dynamics of planning projects [details / files]
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