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Elisei

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Generic Skills
B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
My professional profile unites a 20-year experience combining tasks as researcher in the field of urban and territorial policies (doctorate + a number of different research contracts both for public and private institutions), with assignments as international expert in urban planning (expertise in urban policy design, focus on urban regeneration and strategic planning). In these fields, I have gathered different experiences as project and content manager. Among major clients, it is worth remembering EC, UN-Habitat and UNECE. I have a number of publications on topics related to integrated urban planning and integrated territorial approach. Issues connected to sustainable development have been always central in my work as practitioner (especially in the identification and design of projects in strategic plans/agendas) and as researcher (to investigate the multiple and interrelated component of sustainable and coherent solutions for the urban ant territorial realm). Integrated and sustainable development is the result of multi-actors and multi-thematic planning processes. Good governance and sustainable choices are strictly dependent on capability of shaping flexible, effective and efficient policy schemes that permit to all involved parts to have room for their ideas and interest. A sustainable development is in primis a result of a local rooted and participated decision-making process.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates convincing proof of his understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
I have gathered in my professional activity good experience in managing EU projects based on exchange of planning experiences, policies, programs or practices related to spatial planning (e.g. INTERREG III, INTERREG SEE projects and so on) and on proper transfer of knowledge, transfer of good practices from a city to others (e.g. URBACT). To operate exchange of knowledge requires a relevant capability of listening, interpreting and transferring the experiences implemented by planners, civil servants, NGOs and other planning actors. Moreover, it requires a good knowledge of the different planning systems, but even understanding attitudes and behaviors related to the local and specific way of putting them into practice. In every city, planning contexts, traditions and approaches have character of uniqueness, even if European planning systems and way of designing and shaping policies, at a first outlook, seems to be very similar, but different are planners’ approaches. It is essential to me to find always new and effective way to keep alive and make effective dialogue among the main planning actors constituting the local support groups. It is crucial to have in the own “box of tools” a number of contemporary and innovative “best and/or worst practices” settled to consent to participants the direct learning from concrete examples: learning from real experiences. Finally, it is important to manage and put emphasis on diversity and cross-cultural management techniques.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates convincing proof of his understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
In 20 years of professional career, I have delivered a relevant number of project’s report generated within EU projects. My basket of EU projects contains different programs and initiatives. It is worth remembering: a) The territorial cooperation initiatives (e.g. INTERREG, URBACT, ENPI and so on), b) The IT/ICT projects looking to developed platforms and smart solutions for the urban environment (e.g Tentelekom, ICT-PSP and so on), c) The research-action oriented ones (e.g. FP6, FP7 and currently Horizon2020). In these projects I had a role of content or project manager, it means I had to manage and organize meetings, taking notes and make quick briefing, draft proper project reports on specific scientific or organizational subjects: all this has been done in English. Moreover, in my researcher activity, I produced articles and books in English; moreover, I have been invited to hold keynotes speeches on topic relate to urban planning. I have already worked as URBACT lead expert (TUTUR) and even as thematic expert (LUMASEC, RE-BLOCK). I think that all achievements reported here above demonstrate my capability to speak, understand and write in English at a good level. Additionally, I speak, write and understand the German and the Romanian languages. I manage at sufficient level the Spanish and can just read French and Portuguese.
B3. Assessment: 
1: The candidate points to convincing evidence of his proficiency in English (C1/C2 level according to the CV).
Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:
C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
I am Italian mother tongue. Additionally, I speak German (even Austrian German), English and Romanian; I am not so bad with Spanish and can understand French and read Portuguese. I do not want to look arrogant, but I always find the way of communicating concepts using words, as it should be among human beings. If I cannot find the words, I always can go back to my roots and let me understand through gesticulation. However, I had difficult situations to manage, for example, I had to make technical assistance to small cities in the northern area of Romania, I had to explain to civil servants, ngos and other actors how to design in the proper way Integrated Urban Plans for Development (just consider all bureaucratic mechanisms linked to use of ERDF). In these small communities, not all people understand or speak English at a good level. In this case, it helps a lot to have a power point with easy simple schemes, which with simple diagrams and ideograms represent the step to do with the specific policy or program to explain. Videos can help a lot, especially if they advertise the character or the objective of a specific project. It is important in these particular and difficult cases, to identify the person that had better understand English, I immediately nominate that person as my first assistant, and trying to be kind and respectful, I communicate my messages and get the feedback from participants through the intermediation of this “on field generated” assistance.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has provided one relevant example that demonstrates his ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
The adequate outputs for exchanging knowledge are “open event” designed in the way that participants go through a pathway of occasions, which facilitate the reciprocal knowledge and consent them to open an efficacious interchange on tasks they have to accomplish within the project. In the I-LOCATE project based on location-based services (LBS), as responsible of communication and dissemination, I organized, together with the team, I led, a sort of “hackathon”. After two days of interactions among professional and students, we had advanced ideas for the design of innovative apps. We brought together software developers with geo-experts, practitioners and volunteers collecting open data to create new stimulating experiences that follow the paradigm of the “internet of places” (http://www.i-locate.eu/internet-of-places-days/). An output of the URBACT project TUTUR has been the “walk-shops.” This kind of output revealed to be very effective for creating the right alchemy among meeting participants, facilitating so the exchange of experiences, and very useful in projects looking at regeneration of vacant places (from simple buildings to productive or commercial areas). Results of these experience can be verbalized through technological means (e.g. social media pages/communications) or reported in specific you-tube channels, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aswfoEdBJg , or simply draw up in classical reports or projects flyers.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides a number of convincing examples of outputs to support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
Partners/participants have to get the most from the meetings and go home with a set of notions and concepts, which they can further elaborate through deskwork. It is important to have right tools at disposal: flipcharts, colors, pens, but even technological instruments and so on. In the case of the STATUS project, we directly worked with local communities using in real time geoblogs (e.g. http://www.seecityplatform.net/geoblogs/albaiuliamap), results discussed with communities were published in real time on the Internet. A easy and effective way to make outputs, generated through participation, reliable “open content” for involving other citizens and extend the contribution to the local decision making process. In the two URBACT projects, where I have been involved as thematic expert, I contributed to draw the local action plans (Baia Mare in LUMASEC, Morandi-Tor Sapienza/Rome in RE-BLOCK) of topics related to integrated governance, urban regeneration policies and identification of sustainable solutions for urban development. These documents captured and further elaborated knowledge and experiences exchanged in the meetings. In the URBACT TUTUR, as lead expert, I had to provide inputs to the realization of all three local action plans, but even to draw out key documents expressing methodologies for operating the correct functioning of an experimental ‘transfer network”,, e.g. the baseline report, the intermediate and the final one.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant points to more than two valid examples of how the results were captured for the participants to take away.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
As report, not produced by me, but that I consider good examples, as they are capable to highlight key messages on case studies and policies for contemporary city, it is to consider the “Cities of Tomorrow” (EU, 2011). Another report, I like a lot in the style, I was a co-author, is The “Global Public Space Toolkit” (Un-Habitat, 2014). A great report on participatory planning processes, on the “How” of participation is “A più voci” (edited by L. Bobbio, 2004), a ten years old document, but still very useful. Finally, I suggest taking a look of the baseline study and the final report of the Urbact TUTUR project; I have been the main editor of these two reports. They are rich of suggestions in terms of “forefront” case studies on temporary uses, while they open the perspective on how to design policies in this specific realm of urban planning. The ability to be concise depends on how well we know the urban planning subject to report. A relevant point is even to have the capacity of selecting the most promising case studies, especially when you work on contemporary topics, as in more “stable’ subjects (e.g. sustainable development, urban regeneration), the enormous repository of practices at disposal can help a lot in getting the right content to exploit. Concision requires a solid background in urban planning notions and policies history, but even intuition supported by experience and knowledge of practices happening around the globe.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides convincing examples demonstrating his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages (e.g. Un-habitat report and URBACT tutur report).
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
Many methods are good to create, share and capture knowledge. It is fundamental to make the distinction between information and knowledge, availability of data and useful and effective information. We need, in experiences based on practices content exchange or transfer, to develop the capability of “translating” a specific local expertise in a one usable in a different and often distant context. It is important to take useful information of best practices and to re-aggregate them in the new context, thanks to the interaction with components of Local Support Groups. People are engaged in the moment they feel protagonist in the process and owner of the identified projects. It is important to make involved people to become designer, bringing them from the “complain phase” to the pro-active one. To support people to focus on explicit problems in specific urban areas help a lot the planning process. It is necessary always to understand and to define the ‘planning context” to make participation effective, syntonic and synergic with “elected decision makers” and other interests insisting on the selected areas. Partners, local support groups actors, external experts, decision makers are the font, the users and the persons using and validating the captured knowledge. It is essential to make the appropriate questions, but even to listen the answers, that is the way for sustainable choices. Finally, caught knowledge has to be converted in open content driver of innovative ideas.
Assessment: 
The candidate meets the criteria regarding the expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities.
Thematic expertise:
Theme / Policy: 
Integrated Urban Renewal
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
In the realm of urban policies, my interests have mainly been focusing on urban regeneration/renewal issues and strategic planning; both of these topics relate to the definition of an integrated territorial/urban approach. The title of my doctorate thesis (April 2004) was “Europe in the neighbourhoods: critical issues and potentialities. Designing urban regeneration policies.” This thesis has been based upon a comparative study that works out several common characteristics of urban regeneration policies in diverse EU member states (soziale Stadt, Kwarterloeft, Contratti di Quartiere). I published about integrated urban renewal/regeneration (see CV). I have been directly involved in design of policy for urban renewal based on participatory planning approaches (e.g. Contratti di Quartiere for Regiona Umbria). I managed (2006) an Interreg IIIc project (Rome, lead partners) entitled SURPRISE (Sustainability on Urban Renewal Programs In Southern Europe). From 2007 to 2009 I worked as international expert in contracts having as final beneficiary the Romanian Ministry for Regional Development. I accompanied major cities (growth and development poles) to design PIDUs (Urban Integrated Development Plans, with strong component of urban regeneration). In this role, I prepared a number of working documents providing to decision makers ideas and schemes on how to design both local and national urban policies.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate shows sufficient experience in integrated urban renewal issues (professional experience and a PhD degree in this field).
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I can count on a number of publications (scientific articles, books, social media communications, working documents…) on learning processes, at transnational level, connected to integrated urban renewal. About an integrated approach oriented to urban renewal/regeneration, as an example I can provide the baseline report (http://tutur.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/BaselineTUTURfinal06052014.pdf ) of the Urbact/TUTUR project (www.tutur.eu ), Temporary Use as a Tool for Urban Regeneration). Always connected to this project you can get other inputs in the facebook page that we edited: https://www.facebook.com/TUTURproject?ref=hl . As another example, I can provide a link to my scientific publications about the Integrated Urban Development Plans in Romania, one of the most relevant actions of urban renewal in Europe for the programming period 2007-2013, for example: Integrated development plans in Romania: pure formalities or tangible steps towards the design of a new culture of planning? (http://www.isocarp.net/Data/case_studies/1233.pdf ). Always on the same topic a presentation: The Danube Strategy and the Romanian Cities, the Danube as catalyzer of regional and urban development in Romania: ongoing strategies, policies and promising projects (http://www.inta-aivn.org/images/inta/activities/exchange/Roundtables/Schwechat/Final%20presentations/WienpresentPE-GP15052012_web.pdf ).
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several relevant examples demonstrating his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
As example of reports where I have been involved in the preparation of documents for Urban Renewal/Regeneration, it is worth remembering: • SURPRISE guidelines for urban renewal (Sustainability on Urban Renewal Programs In Southern Europe – INTERREG IIIC Project, 2006, I was co-author). • Coordination of RE-BLOCK Local Action Plan in Morandi-Tor Sapienza (Rome-Urbact-Project): preparation of the final document, preparation of booklets for advertising the project. but even organization of local meetings with local stakeholders (the project required a lot of capability in mediating conflicts, Morandi Tor Sapienza is not an easy area: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/13/riot-police-violence-refugees-rome • The baseline, the intermediate and the final report of TUTUR (Temporary Uses ad Tools for Urban Regeneration – Urbact-Project) have been drafted by myself, with collaboration of project partners (all docs are available on the Urbact and TUTUR websites). In this case there was even a relevant communication operated via social media: https://twitter.com/tuturproject , https://www.facebook.com/TUTURproject Finally, I advertised through the INTERNET, as manager and SG (2002-2008) of planum.net (the European Journal of planning Online, the renewal strategy of many European Cities, it is worth remembering the communication/dissemination of the Rotterdam Biennale results: http://www.isocarp.net/Data/case_studies/256.pdf
D3 Assessment: 
1: The candidate has provided several examples that demonstrate his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
In capitalizing results of processes, it is important to rely on different kinds of outputs: seminars/conferences, even virtual, flyers, booklets, proper reports, websites, blogs, social media and so on. The process of capitalization is effective if capable to target the noteworthy messages of a planning experience to an audience capable to grasp and exploit them. To show results produced by practices, best or worst, is a good way to capitalize “learned lessons”. In the three URBACT projects where I was involved (LUMASEC, RE-BLOCK, TUTUR) I contributed to provide content for the flyers, booklets, internet and social media content necessary to exploit the projects’ achievements. About integrated urban renewal, I did a specific capitalization of my research and working experiences through the publication of scientific articles, but even through active participation in international conferences (targeting the right audience), workshop (good for students). I did activity of capitalization through the web portal planum.net (I was founder and SG for many years), where I promoted, at global scale, results of urban planning projects facing even the question of the integrated urban renewal. About Integr. Urb. Renewal, I provide an example of a newsletter I issued to promote results of INTERREG IIIC experiences (involved in all of them as content designer/manager: http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=h-urban&month=0804&week=a&msg=zcEQQES0Ij0ZfAmp7fGuXw&user=&pw=).
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has provided several examples that demonstrates his understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
In 20 years of planning experience, as both practitioner and researcher, I have cumulated a number of experiences related to integrated urban renewal and regeneration. Beyond scientific publications I wrote about the design of policies for urban regeneration and renewal in Europe (doctorate thesis – 2004, and many articles), I can rely on sound experience on consulting cities, regions and national ministries on topic related to urban regeneration and renewal policies. Moreover, in my role of expert in this topic, I consulted/interacted with many cities, from capital cities to small and middle-sized ones, among these: Bremen, Rome, Madrid, Torino, Cluj, Iasi, Perm, Samara, Alba Iulia, Kavala, Baia Mare and many other small ones. I have experimented/mixed methods to get the most out of participatory planning processes, especially at neighborhood level. I believe that sustainable solutions are based on local rooted processes, where a “local clarification; is triggered among the different governance tiers, where “urban dialogue”, with institutions, with residents and with private actors/investors, is put at the center of the planning process. Finally, in contemporary initiatives for urban regeneration/renewal, innovative ideas lies in the re-interpretation of functions and values of public space. A public space enriched by intelligent objects, hyper-connected people. An enriched space that is becoming the predominant and most significant infrastructure of cities.
Assessment: 
The candidate meets 4 out of 4 criteria and should be validated for this theme. The applicant has an excellent background and professional experience in the field of integrated urban renewal.There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Theme / Policy: 
Urban Strategic Planning
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
In the realm of urban policies, my interests have mainly been focusing on urban regeneration/renewal issues and strategic planning; both of these topics are linked with the definition an integrated territorial/urban approach. My last publication, related to the project STATUS (Financed by EU/SEE Programm) is: STRATEGIC TERRITORIAL AGENDAS FOR SMALL AND MIDDLE SIZED TOWNS AND CITIES (http://www.slideshare.net/Urbasofia/status-book-finalweb 2014). I coordinated in this project the design of three strategic plans (metropolitan zone Baia Mare, Kavala and Alba Iulia), I operated the supervision of other 7 strategic agendas (Herceg Novi, Temerin, Foggia/Province, Drama, Satu Mare, Balti, Abruzzo Region). Other experiences of strategic planning worth to remembering are: • Strategic Plan of Baia Mare (2009): http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/import/Projects/LUMASEC/events_media/final_products/Lumasec_Interview_Baiamare.pdf . • Strategic territorial development through culture in Castelli Romani (Interreg IIIc project, CULTISM: http://www.vivavoceonline.it/articoli.php?id_articolo=866 • Finally, for a UN-Habitat contract, I wrote a report on how to design the strategic lines to set up Soatial planning Technical Norms in Kosovo. I provided the strategic framework, but I provided even details on how to proper structure the norms at different action scale (governance schemes plus normative plans).
D1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate shows sufficient experience in urban strategic planning. The applicant has participated as an URBACT thematic expert for the project RE-Block aimed at fostering regeneration of high density neighbourhoods.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I can count on a number of publications (scientific articles, books, social media communications, working documents…) on learning processes, at transnational level, connected to urban strategic planning. Among these, it is worth remembering: • Recherche de convergence et de cohérence concernant la planification territoriale de l’Espace Méditerranéen (Interreg IIIB, http://www.planum.net/journals-books/medisdec-stratmed-interreg-iii-b-medocc on integrated and strategic urban development of major cities in the Mediterranean basin). In the Re-block/Urbact project I took care of coordinating the report on Smart Governance: • URBAN GOVERNANCE GUIDELINES FOR BLOCK HOUSING AREA, where basically integrated and strategic approaches to governance of these problematic urban areas have been faced. Last input I would bring to the attention is related to the Smart Cities, specifically the realization of a portal to launch and a reflection, about this thematic in Romania, this initiative aims at creating the: • First constellation of Romanian Smart Cities through “clusterization” of cities, industries, research centres and citizens, a number of article have been produced and are available online at: www.smartcitiesromania.net This last initiative aims at creating a strategic framework for action for those cities interested in using advanced technologies and innovative solutions as driver of current and future urban development.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several relevant examples demonstrating his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process, in relation to the field of urban strategic planning.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
In terms of Urban Strategic Planning, I coordinated the design of an ongoing online city platform addressed to cities and related decision makers; you can visit and use it at http://www.seecityplatform.net/ . This platform aims to become a benchmark for South-Eastern European cities (the platform is basically open to all other cities) interested in having good strategic plans, continuity in shaping urban policies based on participatory planning approach, and that are intentioned to open an urban center. This platform facilitates the way decisions are made with respect to urban transformation. Decision making process is changing in many European cities, and even more in the South East European area, a particular region of Europe oftentimes characterized by centralization and minimal devolution of decision making power, containerization and still incipient participatory processes aimed at integrated urban development. As example of other documents for urban strategic planning, I have a number of presentation where I stated the guidelines for the plans I coordinated as main designer, in this documents, usually I underline these basic points: • Conceptual axis for a sustainable development (ecology, mobility, culture, industry…) • Rules for optimizing the participation of residents, stakeholders, entrepreneurs… • Area based approach (critical areas of cities driver for the local development.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has provided only one relevant example that demonstrate his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers. However, it can be inferred from his application form/CV that the candidate possesses this ability.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
To capitalize results of processes it is important to rely on different kinds of outputs: seminars/conferences, even virtual, flyers, booklets, proper reports, websites, blogs, social media and so on. The process of capitalization is effective if capable to target the noteworthy messages of a planning experience to an audience capable to grasp and exploit them. To show results produced by practices, best or worst, is a good way to capitalize “learned lessons”. In the three URBACT projects where I was involved (LUMASEC, RE-BLOCK, TUTUR) I contributed to provide content for the flyers, booklets, internet and social media content necessary to exploit the projects’ achievements. About Urban Strategic Planning, I am currently working on the capitalization of the STATUS project (see point D.3) through the management of a network of Southeastern European strategic cities that are sharing their plans/policies in a web platform. Moreover, all documents related to the methodology, based on the design of strategic plans, grounded on participatory planning processes, using technologies (geoblogs) built on open data (they consent even to crowdsource new information) is made available as open content. This effort should facilitate practitioner and policy designer to think in a better way appropriate policy schemes pursuing and giving sense to an “integrated/strategic territorial approach.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate has provided several relevant examples that demonstrates his understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
In 20 years of planning experience, as both practitioner and researcher, I have cumulated a number of experiences in strategic planning. My experience is based on EU cities, but in my portfolio, I have even cities outside EU member states. Among the strategic plans, it is worth remembering: Alba Iulia, Kavala, Samara/Tolyatti, Perm. Recently, I designed and coordinated one major project, EU financed, on strategic planning in South East Europe: STATUS (STRATEGIC TERRITORIAL AGENDAS FOR SMALL AND MIDDLE SIZED TOWNS AND CITIES), where attention focused on small and middle-sized cities (10 strategic plans realized in less than two years: www.seecityplatform.net ). These cities are the ones that need to think about their future if they want to keep competitive and at the same time maintain a good level in quality of life. It is important, in coordinating strategic planning processes, to focus the attention on the way decisions are made, enlarging and sharing decision is a success factor. It is central to provide mechanisms that make local communities becoming owner of the selected projects; this projects ownership is a basic step towards sustainable choices. Finally, to set up the governance mechanisms sustaining the designed strategic plan, it is important to create policy schemes that facilitate vertical and horizontal integration of institutional actors. Institutional actors that have to be contextualized within PPPP frames (Public Private People Partnerships).
Assessment: 
The candidate meets 4 out of 4 criteria and should be validated for this theme. The applicant has an excellent background and professional experience in the field of urban strategic planning. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies
E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
The choice of methods depend on local context, scale of project, planning actors, planners involved. In the 3rd edition of Italian national competition on participatory planning, we (planners team) got the 2nd place, the award was delivered by INU and WWF. It was in Bologna, we used the ‘scenario planning” unites to a job of data collection, interviews and meetings designed to better listen people. Another experience was in the Mezzogiorno, I had to facilitate “institutional participation”. It means I had to enable the dialogue between labor unions, trade unions, confederation of entrepreneurs and the regional managing authorities. In this situation, the best option was to know into detail the regulations for managing the structural funds (content knowledge), and bringing the discussion always on transversally acknowledged territorial issues, in order to generate a collaborative dialogue. When I had to create conflict to move stagnating debates, the provocation was done always on real projects and never on political themes. Last experience is the project STATUS (see C1.3). Methodology based on: 1) an inception phase, 2) planning process, 3) the delivery of the Strategic Agendas, and creation of the Urban Centers. Both of these final activities supported by the creation of local Urban Task Forces (providing continuity to participation). A book on this methodology, how to design strategic plan through participatory planning process, has been financed by EU Program SEE.
E.1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate pointed to more than one example of his involvement in activities related to participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local policies (e.g. Bologna, Mezzogiorno, Status project).
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
From 2007 to 2009 I worked as international expert in contracts having as final beneficiary the Romanian Ministry for Regional Development. I had to accompany major cities (growth and development poles) to design PIDUs (Urban Integrated Development Plans, with strong component of urban regeneration). Local preparation to use integrated planning tools was not so consistent. Methodology to deliver and design the plans was based on operational meetings involving civil servants, politician, ngos, entrepreneurs, academics (all potential stakeholders). I usually divided the participants in Groups, every group, based on competences, had to develop a specific conceptual axis for development (e.g. green corridors, culture, mobility, local economy…) asking to integrate the specific theme with the others. It was transferring by making drawings and talking about consistency and consequences of projects put on paper, assessing level of synergy and compliance with EU strategies and funds. As far as monitoring and evaluation concern, from 2008 to 2012 I published a number of scientific articles on consequences and transformation induced by this relevant EU policy in a post-communist nation (see my CV). I considered as parameters: liaison of selected projects with the indications emerged in meetings discussion, their impact and sustainability, assessed under diverse viewpoints, their level of synergy and the integration potential, even these assessed under different perspectives.
E.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows examples that demonstrate his knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable urban strategies/policies (e.g. urban integrated development plans in several Romanian cities).
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
I use different sources in order to keep up to date about policies, funds and trends related to sustainable urban development policies. Access to diverse database of major scientific reviews (e.g. European Planning Studies, City, International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies, Urban Studies, Urbanistica, Town Planning Review). Subscription to EU publications (e.g. Panorama), monitoring the EUbookshop, the DGregio website. Following colleagues (international experts), EU commissioners, and politicians playing roles in urban and territorial development on TWITTER or FACEBOOK, when possible even in LinkedIn. I like to participate to international seminars and conferences, the direct exchange with colleagues is always the most effective way to understand what’s going on. When I can, I keep teaching in the university, as the direct contact with new generations help to understand the new needs and aspiration of future urban planners, they often reflect direct problems they experience in contemporary city. I try to read recent books on this subject; I am facilitated a lot using KINDLE. My role of ISOCARP VP help me a lot to be informed about initiatives launched by international institutions (EU, UN, OECD, EIB…), and get in direct contact with issues arisen in meetings, seminars and conferences. Finally, I like to have long walks in the city, and I like to observe realized projects, current transformation and trying to have a critical and detached opinion.
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates a good awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level. The candidate has participated in many EU territorial cooperation and cohesion policy programs.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
I was involved in many projects, financed by EU Territorial cooperation programs (Interreg, Urbact) or directly responding to cohesion policy funds, competition (Tentelekon, ICT-PSP), research (FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020) or financed directly by cities. In these projects, I had to adapt content and indications at local level or the opposite, from local level practices to generalize values for policy design. My role of urban planner in adapting tools and content, in the different local contexts, is based upon few principles: • The decision making process should be a result of coordination and integration of the diverse interests emerging during the planning process. • The sustainability of choices is guaranteed just if identified projects are local rooted (residents really want that projects). • It is essential at the beginning of every participatory planning process to operate a “local clarification” (who is doing what, even institutions should give guarantee of coherence in the process in order to keep under control the political mood). • It is vital to identify proper places for the local support groups in the city (e.g. Urban Centers), where stakeholders can experiment diverse techniques of participations and be informed through different means (cinema, experts, seminars, books presentations, exhibitions…). • Participatory budget initiatives (politician give room to residents in making decision about part of local funds) reinforce the stability and credibility of the process.
E.4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate has provided several activities that demonstrate his ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities so as to ensure consistency in the design and delivery of integrated and participatory policies across participants in transnational projects.
Summary Expertise: 
Many local authorities, practitioners, decision makers are not familiar with the concept of integrated territorial approach. As policy designer/urban planner I had the privilege to support national and local authorities to prepare policy schemes to facilitate the use of EU and local funds. Effective and concrete policy schemes pursue the integration of the different resources that can play a role in the “urban development framework”. Integration relates to governance tiers (vertical), to local actors (horizontal), to coordination of the many potential solutions (prioritization). This multidimensional integration is not easy to achieve, as many divergent forces operate. Highlights concerning my working experience are: • The assistance I provided to Romanian cities (growth poles and development poles) to prepare PIDUS (2007 -2013, Urban Integrated Development Plans), a relevant ERDF investment in integrated planning finalized to promote urban regeneration actions. • The design of strategic plans for cities in different EU member states and even outside Europe. I always promoted planning frameworks capable to open the decision making process to multiple interested planning actors, looking always at realizing public – private – people - partnerships. • The assistance I provided in the Italian Mezzogiorno to facilitate the dialogue between regional managing authorities and labor unions, trade unions, confederation of entrepreneurs in order to design the ROPs.
Assessment: 
The candidate meets 4 out of the 4 criteria regarding expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing and delivering integrated and participatory policies and should be therefore validated for E. The applicant has an excellent background and professional experience in the field of urban strategic planning and integrated urban renewal on a local level. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.

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Residence location:
Romania
Languages:
Italian - Mother tongue
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Email:
dr.pietro.elisei@gmail.com
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