TU Darmstadt

Coordinating university

Prof. Dr. Annette Rudolph-Cleff

Consortium Academic Director

Annette Rudolph-Cleff coordinates the Mundus Urbano Consortium and the Master’s programme at TU Darmstadt. Annette holds a PhD from Karlsruhe University of Technology and is the head of TU Darmstadt’s chair for Urban Development and Design since 2006. Previously, she taught at the universities of Wuppertal and Karlsruhe. Aside from her teaching obligations, Annette is committed to research projects on energy efficiency and related fields. She is the Academic Director of Mundus Urbano.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Dettmar

Consortium Co-Director

Jörg Dettmar heads the Chair for Design and Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture since 2000. In 1992 he completed his PhD on the ecology of industrial derelict land in the Ruhr District, a region he has always been affiliated with. Jörg is devoted to several research projects, which are funded by different German federal ministries due to their outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary debate, including the projects “Sustainable Urban Landscape in the Metropolis Ruhr” and “Integrated Regenerative Energy Concepts in Urban Areas”. Aside from his position as professor, he works as a freelance consultant. Based on his vast experience – both academic and professional –Jörg teaches a multi-faceted introductory course on Urban Ecology.

UIC Barcelona

Prof. Dr. Carmen Mendoza-Arroyo

UIC Programme Director

Carmen Mendoza-Arroyo is an architect and a PhD researcher in Urban Design and Planning. She is an Associate Professor and an Assistant Director at the School of Architecture of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona). She is the director of the Master in International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture. Her research reflects on how the separation of the social and physical environments has caused a schism in the understanding of space, place, and social order. Her most recent research includes urban reconstruction and resilience in the field of emergency architecture as well as urban integration strategies for displaced populations and refugees. Carmen has published articles and book chapters, and edited a number of books.

UGA Grenoble

Prof. Dr. Adriana Diaconu

UGA Programme Co-Director

Lecturer in urban planning and development at the Institute of Urban Planning and Alpine Geography of the University of Grenoble Alpes and researcher in the Social Justice team of the PACTE laboratory. After training as an architect and urban planner, she obtained a thesis at the University of Paris 8 in 2010. Her research in urban studies focuses on vulnerable social groups in the city, from different perspectives such as imaginaries, collective memories or urban and housing policies. Interdisciplinary approaches, between the arts and social sciences, and the place of the body and experience in the appropriation and design of urban space are at the heart of its concerns.

Prof. Dr. Cristina Del Biaggio

UGA Programme Co-Director

Since 2017, Cristina Del Biaggio has been working as Assistant Professor at the University of Grenoble Alpes. After completing a PhD in 2013, she was invited to be a post-doc researcher at the University of Amsterdam. From 2014 to 2017, she worked as Project Leader for the Swiss non-governmental organisation, Vivre Ensemble (, which provides information and documentation on asylum rights. From 2007 to 2016, she worked at the Geography and Environment Department of Geneva University, Switzerland, as a teaching and research assistant (2007-2013), then as a lecturer (2015-2016) and finally as a scientific collaborator tasked with organising a symposium on migration and asylum at Geneva University (October 2016).

Tor Vergata Rome

Prof. Dr. Paolo Paesani

UTV Programme Director

Professor of Economics and vice-principal of the School of Economics of the University of Tor Vergata Prof. Paesani holds a PhD from the European University Institute. He is actively engaged in teaching Micro and Macroeconomics both at undergraduate and post-graduate programmes. He has extensive experience in international context having paid service at the World Bank (Washington D.C.), European Central Bank (Frankfurt), working on issues related to fiscal policy and development, with a special focus on emerging market countries. Main fields of research: Economic policy, monetary economics and policy, history of economics.