Federico Savini is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Planning, Institutions and Politics at the University of Amsterdam. He combines approaches of Political Sociology, Political Science and Urban Planning and Critical Geography to the study of institutions and socio-spatial change in cities. His expertise ranges across the areas of land policy, land regulations, social innovation, environmental justice, waste and urban politics. In his works, he studies the politics that drive institutional change, focusing on the different sets of regulations that shape city-regions. He focuses on a range of phenomena: real-estate development, planning regulations, post-industrial development, environmental zoning, the financialization of land development, circular metabolism in cities and the tacit social norms driving ecological urbanism. His teaching includes core BA courses in Planning Theory, MA courses on research methods, several thesis supervisions. 

Zef Hemel  was chief editor of ‘Stedebouw & Ruimtelijke Ordening’ (Urban and Regional Planning), the professional magazine for urban planners and designers of the Dutch Institute of Housing and Spatial Planning in The Hague. In 2011 he organized, as a member of the think tank of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, the symposium ‘Creative Cities’ in Amsterdam. From 2001 to 2004 Hemel was director of the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. In 2004 he moved to Amsterdam, where he became member of the board of the Urban Planning Department of the city. Since 2012 he is Professor on Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam (the Wibaut Chair), combining this with planning activities for the Amsterdam Economic Board. 


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Willem Salet is professor emeritus Urban and Regional Planning, at the department of  Planning, Geography and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam. He chaired Urban Planning from 1998 to 2017. He was the Scientific Director of the Amsterdam study center for the Metropolitan Environment AME (2008-2013). He was the President of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) 2008-2010 and was awarded AESOP Honorary Membership in 2016. As a sociologist and urban planner, Willem Salet specializes in the institutional aspects of metropolitan development. Institutions are conceived in sociological sense as the patterning of public norms. He investigates the cultural, legal and political dimensions of public norms in the making of sustainable metropolitan spaces.