Department of Civil, Environmental and Architecture Engineering

Chiara Garau is an associate professor in Urban and Regional Planning) at the DICAAR (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture) of the University of Cagliari, Italy.
She obtained the national scientific qualification as Full Professor (June 2021) for the Scientific Sector ICAR/20 (Urban and Regional Planning).

She is graduated in Architectural Engineering (2003) and in Communication Science (2013) both with 110/110 summa cum laude (equivalent to First class honours). Since then, she has actively continued post graduate research, holding a II level University Master Degree in Business Intelligence (December 2005), and a PhD in Land Engineering and Urban Planning (January 2008).

From 2012 to 2015, she was an honorary fellow in the Scientific Disciplinary Sector ICAR/20 (Urban and Regional Planning). She was a member of the scientific and organizing committee of the YA AESOP (Young Academics - Association of European Schools of Planning [2011 -2013]); she was a scientific and technical adviser to Observatory Smart Cities of Rome (2013-2014) and she held several postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Cagliari (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture-DICAAR).

She was also selected by Regional Studies Association (RSA) and by the Committee of the Regions (CoR) to be part of the OPEN DAYS 2014 UNIVERSITY MASTER CLASS (ODU-MC)  on EU cohesion policy.

In June 2015 she obtained the Best paper award at ICCSA 2015 with the manuscript entitled "Benchmarking Smart Urban Mobility: A Study on Italian Cities", co-authored with Francesco Pinna, and Francesca Masala.

She was also selected as an international scientist by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to be part of the programme “Science Tour 2016: City of the Future – Research for Sustainable Urban Development” (Germany, 31 January-5 February 2016).
In May 2019 she was recognised as a high-level academic by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban policy and she was selected by the European Community to be part - the only representative for Italy - of the project evaluation jury RegioStars 2019 together with great experts and academics in the field of smart cities.
From August 2020 to October 2020 she was visiting professor at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Urban Science and Design (CASUS) research centre, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. In May 2022 she was visiting professor at Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland) and In July 2022 she was visiting professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban (South Africa).
She was the Coordinator of the PhD courses entitled “Smart and Sustainable Cities (1st edition)” (20 hours;  I Semester 2020/2021) and “Smart and Sustainable Cities (2nd edition)” (40 hours; I Semester 2021/2022). as part of the Doctorate in Civil Engineering and Architecture of the University of Cagliari.
From 10 June 2020 to 10 July 2020 she was Lecturer for 20 hours in the Globalization Studio ARO400-401 course “Greater Bay Area 2030+ Ecologies and Projections” course coordinator Diego Andres Sepulveda Carmona. The course was developed in collaboration with the Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Urban Environment, Department of Urbanism; The Polythecnic University of Hong Kong PolyU Design; and supported by the International Forum of Urbanism [IFoU].
In June 2021, she was member of the scientific and organizing committee of the 1st International Space Syntax PhD Conference, at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.
Currently, she is guest editor of the following special issues: Smart Cities 3.0: Citizens, Space and Sustainable Mobility for the Future City in Sustainability; Technologies and Humanities for Smart Cities in Urban Science; “Paving the way towards the development of a smart and blue city – Policies and Practices” in Journal of Urban Planning and Development; "Landscape Planning and Management in Europe: Methods, Tools and Approaches" in Sustainability.
She was Principal investigator of several international projects, among which 1) Governing the smart city: a governance-centred approach to smart urbanism “GHOST” (2015-2019) supported by the MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) and financed with the SIR (Scientific Independence of young Researchers) programme (Total amount founded: 398,511 euros); 2) “Space Syntax and Multicriteria Analysis for the Measurement of Walkability in the Build Environment. Evidence from Cagliari and Groningen” (2020).
Currently, she is also a member of the scientific and/or organizational international committee of the following scientific communities:

  1. ICCSA;
  2. Smart blue cities,;
  3. REAL CORP []

Over the years she has been a reviewer for financing international projects, among which, the European Research Council Executive Agency's commissioned the evaluation of a project proposal under the ERC Starting Grant - Call 2020.
Her main research interests are focused on issues of the Scientific Disciplinary Sector of Urban and Regional Planning, particularly on smart cities; participatory processes; cultural heritage; urban governance and urban policies.
A referee of several international scientific journals, she is author of over one hundred and ten publications, including monographs, conference proceedings, articles in books, national and international journals.


This CV was last updated on September 2nd, 2022.


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