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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.

Gain an understanding of key concepts:

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





  • 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


    Luigi Ardito is currently working as Director of government affairs for Europe, Middle East and North Africa at Qualcomm and drive Qualcomm spectrum and regulatory policy agenda in Europe and MENA dealing with various government entities and industry organizations. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Luigi worked for over a decade at Sony Corporation both in Japan and in the UK. Luigi gained also professional experience at France Telecom and at the Italian Public Broadcaster RAI. Luigi has extensive experience in the Media and Telecom industry as well as the Semiconductor Industry gained through his assignments at Qualcomm, Sony, France Telecom and RAI. He holds an Electronic Engineering Degree gained at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy and a Master of Business Administration gained at the Henley Management College in the UK.

    Francesca BRIA, Barcelona City Council

    Francesca Bria is Senior Researcher and Advisor on information and technology policy. She has a PhD in Innovation Economics for Imperial College, London and MSc on Digital Economy from University of London, Birbeck. As Senior Programme Lead at Nesta, the UK Innovation Agency, she has led the EU DCENT project, the biggest European Project on direct democracy and digital currencies. She also led the DSI project on Digital Social Innovation in Europe, advising the EU on digital social innovation policies. She has been teaching in several universities in the UK and Italy and she has advised Governments, public and private organizations and movements on Technology and information policy, and its socio-economic impact. Francesca Bria is an adviser for the European Commission on Future Internet and Innovation Policy. She is currently the new Commissioner of Digital Technology and Innovation for the city of Barcelona in Spain.

    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).


    Luigi was born in Rome in 1977 and works at Car2go since 2014, initially in Rome and soon after in Florence where he gave the start to the service and where he is currently location manager. In 2017 he was also in charge of the service in the city of Milan.

    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.


    Double Master degrees in Law, from Turin University and Université de Paris Descartes, Giulia started her professional path at the Italian Embassy in Luxembourg, therefore she has been Public Affairs manager at Seat Pagine Gialle Spa. Fascinated by digital startups and entrepreneurship, she holds the MBA Bath Entrepreneurship Programme. From 2017 Giulia is Car2go location manager in Turin, managing and developing the free floating car sharing service and contributing to the urban mobility evolution together with Institutional Stakeholders and Mobility Operators.

    Christian RACCA, TOP- IX

    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.

    Tom SYMONS, Nesta

    Tom is a Principal Researcher in the Policy and Research team at Nesta. His research focuses on government innovation and he is currently undertaking research into the ways data can help governments to improve decision making and support innovation. Prior to Nesta Tom was an Associate at Social Finance, a not-forprofit organisation that works with government, the social sector and the finance community to develop solutions to complex social problems. At Social Finance Tom worked on projects developing Social Impact Bonds and whole systems change programmes in local public services, including children’s services, early years provision and health and social care integration. Tom previously worked at the Local Government Association, and before that was a Senior Researcher at the think tank New Local Government Network. Tom began his career as a Graduate Trainee at the London Borough of Islington. He has a BA in Economics and Politics from Exeter University and an MA in Housing from the University of Westminster.

    Alberto VANOLO, University of Turin

    PhD in Spatial planning and local development at the Polytechnic of Turin, he is associate professor of Political and economic geography at the University of Turin, Italy. His main research fields include urban studies and cultural geography. His latest book, entitled ‘City branding, urban imaginaries and ghosts: the politics of representation in globalising cities’, published by Routledge in 2017, focuses on city branding and the cultural and political dimensions of urban representations.

  • 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