Teaching fellow at DICAM - Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Trento, where he teaches Urban and Environmental Planning and Design in Developing Countries. Member of the Scientific Board of the UNESCO Chair in Engineering for Human and Sustainable Development at the University of Trento and Scientific Supervisor for the drawing up of the Rotaliana Königsberg Community’s Territorial Plan.
In the past Full Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Trento, where he held the positions of Head of the School in Engineering for the Environment and the Territory and Deputy Director of the School in Local Development; member of the Executive Board of ENSURE - European Network for Sustainable Urban and Regional Development and the Executive Board of SIU - Italian Society of Urban Planners. Research Fellow at the Eduardo Mondlane University of Maputo as part of the Erasmus Mundus Program. Previously teaching and research activities carried out at the IUAV University in Venice and at the Faculty of Architecture in Palermo.
Coordinator of local units in numerous researches projects financed by the European Union, the Italian Ministry of University, the Italian National Research Council and the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures, including: REGIONET - Strategies for Regional Sustainable Development; ENSPADS - Expanding Expertise Network for generating and sharing Knowledge related to Spatial Planning and Decision Support; EASY ECO - Evaluation of Sustainability; ITATEN - Structure and Transformations of the Italian territory; QUATER - The Italy of plans; ITATER - Italian territorial structure by 2020; the Environmental project in fringe areas: Integration between urban and environmental processes; the Coherence between the Spatial Representations of Planners and the Spatial Images of Local Societies and Contemporary Approaches to Planning. Recent participation in the ministerial research project RECYCLE ITALY.
Research and design activities include the Study for the Regeneration of the Historic Center of Naples after the earthquake, carried out as part of the activities of DAEST - Department of Economic and Social Analysis of the IUAV University. Among those carried out as part of the activities of DICA - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Trento there are the Project for the Sustainable Development of Trentino region; the Information System of Trentino's Environmental Sensitivity, both on behalf of the Autonomous Province of Trento and the Brenta River Redevelopment Project, on behalf of the Bassa Valsugana and Tesino Community. Non-university activities include the Plan for the Lagoon and the Hinterland of Venice as a member of the Executive Board of the Consortium of the involved Municipalities, the membership in the Committee for the Environment of the Autonomous Province of Trento and the Vice-chairmanship of an NGO from Trento, the Consortium of Associations with Mozambique.
Decades of planning experience in Africa include the District plan of Caia, Mozambique; the urban plans of Caia and Sena, Mozambique; the revision of the urban plan of Caia; the Project for the improvement of accesses to rural areas in Madagascar; the Project for the regeneration of Tabriquet-Nord in Rabat; the Addis Ababa Master Plan as a permanent member of the Addis Ababa Master Plan Project Office. Research activities include the Role of Small and Medium-sized Urban Centers in Mozambique; the Urbanization in Sub Saharan Africa; Informal Activities and Urbanization in Developing Countries. He carried out research activity at the African Institute for Development and Planning in Dakar, directed by Samir Amin and was co-founder and professor of the Post Graduate Program in Urban and Regional planning for Developing Countries of the IUAV University of Venice.