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Intensive Training on Regulating Smart Cities II: Mobility and Digital Citizenship

24-26 October, 2018


The Florence School of Regulation, Communications & Media Area (FSR C&M), and the Turin School of Local Regulation (TSLR) are promoting a three day-intensive training to discuss some of the most problematic issues associated the realization of smart cities.

Deadline for applications: 14 September 2018

Gain an understanding of key concepts:

  • Regulation of smart infrastructures and services
  • Smart mobility
  • Big Data
  • Sharing platforms
  • Digital rights






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  • Overview

    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.

  • Learning Objectives

    The aim of the course is:

    • To analyse the factors driving the development of smart city projects; and
    • To provide participants with the knowledge and skills that are needed to understand their main technological, economic and regulatory challenges.
  • What we offer

    • A multidiscipinary approach
    • A platform to exchange experiences and best practices
    • International case studies
    • Interactive sessions
    • Debate with experienced stakeholders
  • Content

    • Regulation of smart infrastructures
    • Regulation of smart services
    • Competition
    • Smart mobility
    • Open vs. closed infrastructure
    • Big Data & Open Data
    • City planning
    • Sharing platforms
    • Blockchain technology
    • Digital rights
    • Welfare and inclusion technologies
    • Social innovation

    The training course will be provided in English.

  • Structure of the course

    The intensive course is divided into three days, as follows:
    Day 1 – Governing smart cities
    Day 2 – Mobility
    Day 3 – Data-driven cities and digital citizenship

    First, an overview of the concept of the smart city will be provided, including its evolution and importance as a political tool, describing the actors and services it involves and how these are regulated. Thus, the second day will focus on mobility, a sector where technological innovations and new demands emerging from citizens are enabling a radical shift of paradigm, opening up technological, economic and political challenges. Finally, the last day tackles the challenges raised by data-driven cities for citizenship, addressing digital rights and social innovations in smart cities.

  • Speakers

    Theo BASS, Nesta

    Theo is a Researcher in the Policy and Research team. His interests lie in political economy, the collaborative economy, tech for good and democracy. Prior to Nesta he worked at the mental health charity Blue Smile in Cambridge. He also volunteered for Serlo, an open-source educational website, and spent 3 months at the think-tank Demos. Theo holds a Master’s with distinction in Politics and International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and an undergraduate degree in Politics from the University of Warwick.

    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, OECD

    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)

    Professor 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.

  • Target audience

    • Policy-makers
    • Regulators
    • City planners
    • Utility network specialists
    • Industry experts
    • Startuppers
    • Researchers
    • Local decision-makers
    • Community managers
  • Partners

  • Fees

    In order to get more info on fees, logistics and to register as well, please send an email to: eep@turinschool.eu or call the following number: 0039 346 8910600