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Massimo

Allulli

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Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
As a Researcher in Cittalia (the Research Foundation of the National Association of Italian Municipalities), sustainable urban development is at the core of my interests and activities. Cittalia is active in research, data collection and analysis, policy advising and international networking in the field of urban policy. I graduated in Sociology at Sapienza University through a dissertation on city networking in the field of participation (the contents of the dissertation can be found in this article: Os Orçamentos Participativos em Itália: Uma 'ponte'para a construção do Novo Município). I got a scholarship for the PhD program in Political Science at SUM - Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (now part of the Scuola Normale Superiore). As a PhD candidate, I conduced a field research on citizen participation in urban planning in Madrid, Paris and Rome. During my PhD, I got a pre-doctoral fellowship from Cornell University where I spent a research period at the Department of City and Regional Planning. I have a long experience as a contracted researcher at the Social and Economic Sciences Department (DISSE) of Sapienza University of Rome, on projects regarding citizen participation. I am currently contracted professor in the same department, where I teach Urban Political Sociology. I also have teaching experience as a visiting instructor at the Rome Programme of Cornell University, and as professor in the Master on Participatory Processes promoted by universities of Tuscany.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates more than 2 years of experience with integrated and sustainable urban development (e.g. a PhD degree with focus on citizen participation in urban planning and several years of experience as a researcher).
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
As a researcher in Cittalia Foundation, I am currently coordinating the Italian National Network of SEiSMiC project (Societal Engagement in Science, Mutual Learning in Cities; www.seismicproject.eu). Founded by the 7thFramework Programme of European Union, SEiSMiC projects promotes the networking of urban innovators in ten European countries. In this context, I am in charge of identifying and gathering innovative urban actions in Italy and promoting the exchange and networking with European partners through national meetings, European fora and online platforms. In the same time on behalf of Cittalia, I am managing the capitalization activities of Egrejob (Euro-Mediterranean Green Jobs) project (www.egrejob.eu). The objective of the project is to close skills and unemployment gap of the concerned Mediterranean basin area easing the entering into the labour market of around 100 young people through ad hoc training programmes. Within the project, I am in charge of managing capitalization activities: background seminars, awareness seminars, reporting and data analysis, formulation of a “Euro-Mediterranean Green Jobs Chart”. Beyond the current activites, I have several experiences of international exchange. In 2011 and 2012, I was involved in exchange activities organized by Brazilian Government and WHO on citizen participation in health policy. In the context of my academic activities I took part to several international conferences.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several significant transnational activities that demonstrate his understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level (e.g. SEiSMiC project, Egrejob project, involved in exchange activities organized by Brazilian Government and WHO on citizen participation in health policy and participation in several international conferences).
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
My whole professional experience is based on the use of English language. From 2003 to 2008, I worked as visiting instructor at Rome Programme of Cornell University, where I assisted visiting professors in giving the course “the European City” and I tutored students in their field researches. In 2007, I got a TOEFL certification with a score on 103/120. Part of the courses I attended in the context of the PhD programme in Political Science were held in English in collaboration with NYU in Florence and EUI in Fiesole. In 2010 I got a pre-doctoral fellowship and spent a research period at Cornell (Ithaca, NY), where I had to prove my proficiency in English. Due to my current job at Cittalia-ANCI, I am often involved in international events, conferences and meetings as a speaker and/or as organizer. I took part to several scientific conferences in Europe as a paper giver and to summer schools held in English. I am author of publications in English on the topic of urban governance and urban development in international scientific review and in edited books.
B3. Assessment: 
1: The candidate points to convincing evidence of his proficiency in English (e.g. living and teaching experience in the US). According to the CV, Mr. Allulli has a C2 level in English.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
In my professional experience, I usually have relations with English speakers. Nevertheless, when working on the field, I often had to communicate with stakeholders who are not English speakers. In the case of SEiSMiC project, we favoured the trans-national communication among stakeholders asking them to sketch their idea of urban innovation. I organized the sketching session in Rome, and the results were gathered in an exposition held in Brussels. The use of paper, sketches and visualization of complex concept is a solution I usually adopt in international context. This is the case of the Egrejob project, within which stakeholders are involved from non-European countries. As shown in the pictures, we make extensive use of visualization and sketches to overcome linguistic obstacles and making everyone able to participate. More recently, I started using the tool of online maps as a powerful way to share information with non-English speakers. The goal of the collaborative mapping platform I am promoting is that of collecting visual and geo-referenced information on urban issues, no matter the language of the author (http://www.collaborativemapping.eu/)
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate points to more than one valid example of how he is able to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers (e.g. use of visualization and sketches to overcome linguistic obstacles).
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
In the context of my academic activity I have a wide experience in the production of material for international exchange of knowledge and experience. As a contracted researcher in the Social Sciences Department of Sapienza University I took part to the “Rethinking Urban Inclusion: Spaces, Mobilisations, Interventions” event, held in the framework of “Cities are Us” conference, in Coimbra in 2012. In this context I contributed in writing and presenting the paper “Reframing social inclusion in a context of neo-liberal hegemony: the agenda of the «social right» in Rome” as the result of our research activity. More recently, in the context of SEiSMiC project, I had the opportunity to work on a diverse set of tools for exchanging knowledge and practices such as the production and presentation of posters, background papers, infographics. As coordinator of Capitalization Activities in the Egrejob Project, I am in charge of producing draft documents and background papers for the project meeting. I often take part to international exchange activities as a representative of Cittalia. In these cases, I am in charge of producing presentations and infographics on our work. A recent experience was my invitation to the meeting of Cities in Transition Project in Amsterdam, where I gave a presentation on urban challenges in Rome (https://citiesintransition.eu/interview/citizens-of-rome-are-taking-action).
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 (e.g. posters, background papers and infographics).
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
In the case of SEiSMiC project, as the coordinator of the Italian National Network I am in charge of collecting the results of meetings and creating reports to be shared with the European partners. In the context of Egrejob project I am in charge of reporting the results of the awareness seminars and background seminars organized for capitalizing the results of the project. In 2012 I organized an exchange activity between Cittalia and the Brazilian National Health Council on behalf of PAHO-WHO. In that occasion, I was asked to produce a paper on best practices in Participation in Health Policy in Italy and Brazil. Part of the paper was later published as a contribution in the collective book Saúde, Participação e Cidadania.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant points to more than one valid example of capturing results for participants to take away (e.g. meeting reports within the Seismic project and a paper on best practices).
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
I have intensive experience in producing and presenting case studies both at national and at transnational level. At national level, I am author and co-author of a big amount of policy reports produced by Cittalia for Italian city government. Among these reports: the 2013 Report on Metropolitan Cities, the Report on Relations between Business and Local Governments, the report on Smart Cities in the World, the report on cooperation in social housing in Italy. In 2007 I was involved in a research project on urban social movements carried out my Sapienza University in Rome. The results of this research were later used for international exchange in the context of the Conference on Globalisation, Conflict and the Experience of Localities organized by the International Sociological Association in Rome in 2007. My colleagues and I produced and presented the paper “Feedback effects of the interactions between urban movements and local institutions: two case studies in Rome”. This paper was later published in the book “Reimagining Social Movements: From Collectives to Individuals”.
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. the 2013 Report on Metropolitan Cities, the Report on Relations between Business and Local Governments and the report on Smart Cities in the World).
Assessment: 
The candidate does not meet the criteria for C1 (with a score 0 out of 3) and C2 (with a score 1 out of 4), and therefore, he should not be validated for expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities. Most of my academic and professional experience is about promoting peer learning, networking and exchange of knowledge. In the context of my academic activity, I carry on since several years peer learning activities, focus groups and organize working groups with students. Since 2013, I am coordinating the Italian Network of SEiSMiC project. I have been in charge of organizing capitalization activities in the context of Egrejob project. Within these activities, I make use of participative techniques such as word café, GOPP, sharing labs. In 2012, I worked as a facilitator with FORMEZ PA in the context of MIMO2 project. I am involved in the organization of the Biennal of Public Space, a periodic event different urban actors gather to share ideas and projects on public spaces. As a researcher, I have a deep knowledge of deliberative and participatory techniques, which have been object of an extensive research activity. I have wide experience of exchange and mutual learning in scientific environment. As a professor, I encourage and organize working groups and workshops of students for learning and research. As a professional at Cittalia-ANCI, I am engaged in national and international projects entailing an intensive exchange and mutual learning activity.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
That on urban governance is my main field of expertise. I am extensively working on this topic since my first research experiences on participatory budgeting at sub-municipal level in Rome in 2004. In the context of my PHD program, I carried out a research on participation in urban governance in Rome, Madrid and Paris. More recently, my main topic of intervention was the metropolitan governance reform that took place in Italy in 2014. As a researcher in Cittalia I analysed and monitored the reform implementation and the reform impact on urban governance. I am co-author of a book on this topic: “Città Metropolitane, la lunga attesa”.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice and research (e.g. several years of experience as a researcher on this topic and author of many relevant publications). In addition, the candidate demonstrates certain experience in strategic planning (point D.1 under theme Urban strategic planning).
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
As a National Network coordinator of SEiSMiC project, I am in charge of collecting visions on urban challenges and report them at a European level producing reports, posters, slides. In the SEiSMiC European Forum on Urban Governance I was in charge of coordinating and reporting on the parallel session on the Role of Technology on Governance, and I coordinated the working group on collaborative mapping.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two valid examples that demonstrate his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which he has been involved (e.g. drafting of reports and coordinator of a working group on collaborative mapping within the SEiSMiC project). However, the candidate is not explicit in his response.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
After each SEiSMiC National Network Meeting, as a National Network coordinator I am asked to produce a concise report on the outputs and results of the interaction. These reports are then incorporated in the SEiSMiC Policy Watches and Factsheets. On the topic of urban governance, I was involved in the project “ORTI-Osservatorio sulle Relazioni tra Territorio e Imprese”, within which I conducted a research on the involvement of private companies in metropolitan governance. This research lead to the report "I nuovi percorsi delle relazioni tra comuni e imprese”
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two 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 (e.g. production of reports within the SEiSMiC project and of the report "I nuovi percorsi delle relazioni tra comuni e imprese".
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
In the context of Egrejob project I coordinated capitalization activities. The capitalization strategy has been based on awareness seminars and background seminars held in all the partner countries. The discussion in the seminar led to the formulation of a Euro-Mediterranean Charter of Green Jobs. The Charter contains the learned lessons, the value and the commitments of the project partnes and stakeholders. Capitalization activities have been carried out through the use of participatory techniques in order to involve partners and relevant actors in the process. In collaboration with my colleague I also made intensive use of social networks (producing storify from the meetings) in order to pursue the diffusion of Egrejob’s results.
D4 Assessment: 
0: The applicant does not provide a relevant example that demonstrates his understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising. The provided examples is not related to the theme of local governance.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
That on urban governance is my main field of interest. I am extensively working on this topic since my first research experiences on participatory budgeting at sub-municipal level in Rome in 2004. In the context of my PHD program, I carried out a research on participation in urban governance in Rome, Madrid and Paris. I have a long experience as a contracted researcher at the Social and Economic Sciences Department (DISSE) of Sapienza University of Rome, on projects regarding citizen participation. I am currently contracted professor in the same department, where I teach Urban Political Sociology. I also have teaching experience as a visiting instructor at the Rome Programme of Cornell University, and as professor in the Master on Participatory Processes promoted by universities of Tuscany Region. More recently, my main topic of intervention was the metropolitan governance reform that took place in Italy in 2014. As a researcher in Cittalia-ANCI I analysed and monitored the reform implementation and the reform impact on urban governance.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D “Local Governance” with a score of 3 out of 4. Although the applicant is very well prepared in the thematic field, combining a strong academic background with more than 10 years’ relevant research experience, his knowledge and experience is related mainly to the context in Italian municipalities.
Theme / Policy: 
Urban Strategic Planning
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
As a researcher in the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI), I take part to projects supporting local governments in strategic planning. Recently, I am engaged in supporting newly founded metropolitan cities in formulating their strategic plans through the permanent board of metropolitan strategic planners. The project is carried out by ANCI in cooperation with 14 metropolitan cities.
D1 Assessment: 
0: The applicant does not demonstrate deep knowledge and experience on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice and research. Mr. Allulli exclusively refers to his recent experience (2016) in supporting metropolitan cities to formulate strategic plans which is not a convincing proof of his expertise and deep knowledge in that area. His main professional experience (e.g. Seismic project, egrejob, MIMO2) is not related to the field of urban strategic planning. He does not have a relevant academic background either (e.g. PhD in Political science, Ms degree in Sociology).
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
In the context of the activities carried out by ANCI in the field of strategic planning, I am in charge of producing inputs such as position papers and dossiers to set the discussion. Among my tasks there is that of identifying the most prominent experts in the many different dimensions of strategic planning, involving them in the activities and creating links between public authorities and experts.
D2 Assessment: 
0: The applicant does not provide two relevant examples that demonstrate his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which he has been involved.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I produce reports reporting the activities carried out in the field of Strategic Planning and summarizing the outputs. In collaboration with my colleagues I am in charge of managing the online platform of metropolitan strategic plans (http://osservatoriosc.cittalia.it). This represent an innovative tool to co-create reports of the activities and to create a permanent dialogue between the actors of strategic planning.
D3 Assessment: 
0: The applicant does not provide two relevant 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 (for participants as well as for an external audience). His experience of managing the online platform of metropolitan strategic plans does not demonstrate the ability to produce reports in relation to the theme.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
I frequently carry on capitalization activities in the field of strategic urban planning. I am author of articles and book chapters on the topic of strategic planning. I also developed expertise of strategic planning of Smart Cities. On the latter topic I co-authored the booklet “Smart City nel mondo”.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides one partially relevant example that demonstrate his understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising (e.g. co-author of the booklet "Smart City nel mondo").
Assessment: 
The applicant is rejected for D “Urban strategic planning” with a score of 1 out of 4. The applicant does not demonstrate deep knowledge and experience in this theme. Both in my studies and in my professional activities, urban strategic planning is one of my main interests. Recently, I have been engaged in supporting newly founded metropolitan cities in formulating their strategic plans through the permanent board of metropolitan strategic planners. The project is carried out by ANCI in cooperation with 14 metropolitan cities. I produce reports reporting the activities carried out in the field of Strategic Planning and summarizing the outputs. In collaboration with my colleagues I am in charge of managing an online platform of metropolitan strategic plans. This represents an innovative tool to co-create reports of the activities and to create a permanent dialogue between the actors. I am author of articles and book chapters on the topic of strategic planning. I developed expertise of strategic planning of Smart Cities. On the latter topic I co-authored the booklet “Smart City nel mondo”.

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 : 
I have a solid experience in the field of co-production and implementation of local policies. As a researcher in the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI), I take part to projects supporting local governments in implementing policies. Recently, I am engaged in supporting newly founded metropolitan cities in formulating their strategic plans. The project is carried out by ANCI in cooperation with 14 metropolitan cities. Within the projects, I have organized meetings between local governments and stakeholders on the topic of participation and social innovation in metropolitan governments. In my previous professional experience, I collaborated with the Municipality of Rome in the frame of an agreement with Sapienza University of Rome. I took part to a project supporting participatory processes at district level through monitoring and analysing participation, interviewing stakeholders, writing reports.
E.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several examples that demonstrate his knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices, including proactive outreach to different stakeholders, mediation of interests, community dialogue (e.g. researcher within ANCI and Sapienza University of Rome).
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
As a contracted researcher in the Department of Social and Economic Sciences in Sapienza University of Rome I took part in designing and implementing two project for assisting and advising the Municipality of Rome and the Province of Rome in participatory processes. The first project was called “Urban Policy, Participation and Civil Society in Rome”, and was developed in 2007 under the coordination of Professor Ernesto d’Albergo. The Department for Economic Development of the Municipality of Rome financed the project. In this context, I took part in monitoring participatory budgeting and participatory planning in two sub-municipal districts of Rome. The second project was financed in 2009 by the Council of the Province of Rome under the title “Local mobilizations and democracy in the metropolitan reform in Rome”. In this context, I took part in mapping and analysing the stakeholders in the territory of the Province of Rome to be involved in the metropolitan government reform process. In the context of these two projects, I resorted to a wide set of monitoring tools: surveys, databases, GIS, in-depth interviews, focus groups. This monitoring and advising activities brought about reports, publications and public events.
E.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two relevant examples that demonstrate his knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable urban strategies/policies (e.g. the "Urban Policy, Participation and Civil Society in Rome" project and "Local mobilizations and democracy in the metropolitan reform in Rome" project). Within these projects he used a wide set of monitoring tools: surveys, databases, GIS, in-depth interviews and focus groups.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
As an employee in the National Association of Italian Municipalities it is my duty to be constantly up-to-dated about urban policy, and funding schemes at national and European Level. I keep up to date through a permanent activity of networking with international partners and analysis of main websites of European Union. My organization is provided with an office in Bruxelles and I am in permanent contact with my colleagues based there. I regularly take part to European meetings regarding urban policy and urban agenda. I was recently involved in the New Europe – Cities in Transition project. I have regular contacts with national contact points from the main programmes for cities in Europe (e.g. JPI Urban Europe). I receive newsletters from the main agencies in charge of giving account of funding opportunities such as APRE (Italian Agency for the Promotion of European Research).
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several relevant examples that demonstrate his awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level (e.g. daily activity within ANCI, newsletters, networking, regular website checks, regular contact with national contact points within the JPI Urban Europe, etc.).
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
Promoting the exchange and mutual learning is at the core of my professional experience in the National Association of Italian Municipalities. This gave me the opportunity to reach a good expertise in adapting methods and contents to local realities. I am currently involved in SEiSMiC project as a national network coordinator. SEiSMiC is about creating networks of actors involved in social innovation activities in ten European countries. These networks meet regularly to produce advises for the strategic research and innovation agenda of JPI Urban Europe, and to foster the dialogue between science and society at urban level. In this role, I have the responsibility of identifying stakeholders, setting the agenda, organize meetings, analyse the results. One of the main challenges was that of adapting the SEiSMiC model to local contexts. I have organized meetings in different Italian cities such as Rome, Naples, Milan, Turin, Bologna. This project gave me the opportunity to face the challenge of adapting tools and activities to local realities, analysing, mapping the stakeholders in each city, and realizing outreaching activities to involve local actors in the project.
E.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides one relevant example 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 (e.g. experience in a transnational setting of 10 European countries within the SEiSMiC project).
Summary Expertise: 
I have a solid experience in the field of co-production and implementation of local policies. As a researcher in the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI), I take part to projects supporting local governments in implementing policies. As a contracted researcher in the Department of Social and Economic Sciences in Sapienza University of Rome I took part in designing and implementing two project for assisting and advising the Municipality of Rome and the Province of Rome in participatory processes. I keep up to date on urban policy and funding schemes at national and European Level through a permanent activity of networking with international partners and analysis of main websites of European Union. Promoting the exchange and mutual learning is at the core of my professional experience. This gave me the opportunity to reach a good expertise in adapting methods and contents to local realities.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for E with a score of 4 out of 4. Mr. Allulli has a strong academic background and more than 2 years of experience in designing and delivering integrated and participatory policies. However, it is important to note that his knowledge and research experience is mainly gained in Italy and is related to the context of Italian municipalities.

Informations

Residence location:
Italy
Languages:
Italian - Mother tongue
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Email:
massimo.allulli@gmail.com

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