WHAT: The role of cities has become increasingly significant in recent decades. The majority of the world’s population lives in those urban areas where most of the wealth is produced, energy and information are consumed and waste and pollution are generated. These urban agglomerations are witnessing major technological and social transformations, resulting in new lifestyles and inequalities at the same time.
Smart cities are currently considered one of the most powerful tools to be used to deal with contemporary challenges at local level, such as pollution, energy efficiency, transportation, social inclusion and welfare, and to attract investments. In this framework, cities become potential platforms where major building blocks such as infrastructure, urban planning, rules enforcement and active citizenship might be glued together into a system that is able to respond dynamically to a new set of citizens‘ needs.
Overall, the main goal is to offer better services and to increase quality of life while guaranteeing infrastructure security and personal safety of citizens-consumers. Furthermore, dealing with the multiple challenges associated with the realization of smart city projects requires a holistic consideration of different policy areas (ICT, transport, energy and water) with the inclusion of all stakeholders, such as governmental and non-governmental actors, private sector players and citizens.

WHO: The course is mainly addressed to policy makers, regulators, city planners, utility network specialists, industry experts, software architects, startuppers, researchers, local decision makers and community managers


An overview of the concept of smart city, on the different experiments carried out in Europe and on the challenges for the regulation of the urban services.

- State-of-the-art in current smart city projects
- Regulatory challenges
- Data-driven cities: governance and management
- Smart cities and network industries

- Day 2 | MOBILITY
From on-demand services to driving autonomous vehicles, “smart mobility” represents a radical shift of paradigm for local mobility and transport sector in general, hence opening up technological, economic and political challenges.

- Policy initiatives for smart mobility 
- Business models and trends 
- Multilevel governance and regulation
- Case studies

Big data and technology are transforming the cities all around the world: rethinking the traditional urban model is not just a technological and economic challenge, but a political one as well.

- Big Data
- Blockchain Technology
- Sharing Platforms
- Digital Social Innovation
- Digital rights


Theo BASS, Nesta
Theo Bass is a Researcher in Nesta's government innovation team. His primary interests lie in the role of ICTs in improving citizen engagement, and the impact of new sources of data on policymaking and democracy. He is currently working on the DECODE project, a flagship EU programme to develop and deploy user-friendly privacy tools in Barcelona and Amsterdam, allowing people to decide whether they keep their personal data private or share it for the public good.

Franco BECCHIS, Turin School of Local Regulation (TSLR)
Scientific Director of the Foundation for the Environment and of the initiative “Turin School of Local Regulation”, he coordinates research programmes on the interaction between economics, energy and the environment and on local public services, as well as capacity building and support activities for local public entities. He has been contract Professor in Environmental Economics at the Polytechnic of Torino, University of East Piedmont and Saint John International University. His last academic publication is “The Political Economy of Local Regulation”, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Lorenzo Casullo joined the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2015, initially at the International Transport Forum (ITF) and subsequently at the Regulatory Policy Division where he works closely with the Network of Economic Regulators aiming to tackle emerging challenges for regulators in areas such as disruptive technologies, customer engagement and infrastructure investment. He is also involved in the development of innovative techniques to design and implement regulations, most notably in the field of behavioural insights. An economist by training, Lorenzo holds Master degrees from Cambridge University (Land Economy) and City University in London (Economic Regulation and Competition).

Juan MONTERO, European University Institute/UNED
Professor of Administrative Law at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid. His research is focused on the regulation of network industries, particularly railways, telecommunications and posts. He has published six books and more than forty scientific articles on independent regulatory agencies, network access regulation and public service obligations. He provides regular advice to carriers and governments on institution building, liberalization and public service schemes.

Pier Luigi PARCU, Florence School of Regulation, Communications & Media Area (FSR C&M)
Prof. Parcu is currently Area Director of the FSR Communications & Media, Director of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom and of the Florence Competition Programme. He is also Chairman of a consultancy company specialized in antitrust and regulatory issues of network industries. From 2000 to 2003, he has been CEO of the Independent System Operator running the Italian Electricity Grid (GRTN). From 1991 to 2000 he was the Director of Investigation at the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) in charge of several regulated sectors. Previously, he served as Chief Economist at the Italian Security and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) and as Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Cristina PRONELLO, Sorbonne University
Full professor at Sorbonne Universités – UTC and associate professor at Politecnico di Torino, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning; she has been full professor at Université Lumière Lyon2, LET (Laboratoire d’Economie des Transports). She is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the JPI Urban Europe and she has been for eight years Chair of the COST Domain Committee Transport and Urban Development, and served in the ECTRI board from 2005 to 2013. Her scientific interests are mainly focused to the travel behaviour, the effects of ITS on users´ behaviours, the mobility surveys, transport economics and the environmental impacts from transport systems.

Design Engineer, Christian manages the TOP-IX BIG DIVE program aimed at providing training courses for data scientists, data-driven education initiatives for companies, organizations and consultancy projects in the (big) data-exploitation field. After graduating in telecommunication engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Christian joined TOP-IX Consortium, working on data streaming and cloud computing, and later on web startups. He has mentored several projects on business model, product development and infrastructure architecture and cultivated relationships with investors, incubators, accelerators and the Innovation ecosystem in Italy and Europe.

ALBERTO VANOLO, Polytechnic of Turin
PhD in Spatial planning and local development at the Polytechnic of Turin, is associate professor of Political and economic geography at the University of Turin, Italy. His main research fields include urban studies and cultural geography. His latest book, entitled ‘City branding, urban imaginaries and ghosts: the politics of representation in globalising cities’, published by Routledge in 2017, focuses on city branding and the cultural and political dimensions of urban representations. 

TSLR Contact: Monica Postiglione, Monica.Postiglione@turinschool.eu
FSR Contact: Chiara Carrozza,

TSLR Contact: eep@turinschool.eu, tel. +39 346.891.0600