Sandra Rainero

Edited on 25/01/2024

Sandra Rainero

  • Italy

  • Italian, English, Spanish
Sandra Rainero
Availability :
Available for Lead Expert role and Ad-hoc expertise missions

Validated Expert info

Expert can perform the Lead expert role and Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:

  1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities
  2. Thematic expertise:
    > Culture
    > Education
    > Equality, Diversity, Inclusion
    > Job and skills
  3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
    > Monitoring and evaluation for effective implementation
    > Sustaining engagement of stakeholders and translating strategies into actions


Passionate for urbanity and humanity, a strong believer in collective intelligence and participatory urban action, I have been committed to leading and supporting practitioners and local administrators towards inclusive, smart, innovative and effective urban and local development for the past two decades. 

Leaving no one behind, people-centric, the common good and ecosystemic well-being in cities and localities are my mantra.  

I master the nuts and bolts of the URBACT method as part of the teams tasked with capacity-building activities such as URBACT Campus and URBACT Summer University. In my capacity as URBACT Lead Expert ( ONSTAGE TN), National Expert in the URBACT National Practice Transfer Initiative, working on further transferring the C-CHANGE TN and capacity-building expert for digital transition in cities, I have supported city networks and practitioners to plan strategies and solutions for the city ecosystem, namely in the fields of:

* education
* social cohesion and inclusion
* culture and arts
* jobs and skills

focusing on human equity, rights, well-being and agency in times of digital transformations and ecological emergency (the twin transitions). In these fields, for several years around Europe, I have been:

* doing research
* designing and managing transnational projects, 
* organizing training and educational experiences, 
* events and conferences, 
* facilitating co-design of territorial and urban plans

I am an adaptive and situational facilitator, communicator, trainer and designer. I can lead, follow and nudge as needed, led by a keen working ethic and robust knowledge and abilities acquired in studies and field experience. I have a multimedia communication background, and I can help find different strategies to communicate and cooperate with urban stakeholders of different walks of life.

In the field of equality, inclusion and diversity my 20 + years’ experience ranges from tackling gender issues to migration and minorities to the inclusion of youth and ageing populations, with work experience in local, national and international public and private organizations. 

As a public servant and later policy advisor on local employment, I have over 20 years of hands-on experience in the field of jobs and skills, local economy, social innovation, with extensive knowledge of labour market dynamics and trends, including green and digital skills required for the twin transitions and the future of jobs, especially for the most vulnerable groups. 

I have explored and worked on all dimensions of formal and non-formal education from design, prototyping and delivery of innovative upskilling and reskilling educational paths, working on the development of key skills for the 21st century such as STE(A)M, sustainability, critical and creative thinking, entrepreneurial and analytical skills, green skills and climate change awareness.

With a background in cultural and social studies, cultural practice is my bread and butter, mostly in the fields of performing arts, popular culture, traditional cultural expressions and media linking them to the current social, economic and environmental challenges. I focus on the strengths of participatory processes that include diverse stakeholders in the reappropriation of public spaces and the enhancement of the rights to culture for all.  

For more information and to see what we can do together, feel free to drop me a message.