Giulia Cantaluppi


Giulia Cantaluppi is an independent researcher and PhD candidate in Territorial Planning and Public Policy at the University Iuav of Venice, Italy. Her research focuses on the phenomenon of depopulation of rural areas in Europe, particular in Italy, and the strategies to re-appropriate to “the right to the rural”.

Graduated in Contemporary Cultural Heritage at the University of Genova (Italy), with a Master in New Exhibition Formats at Escola Elisaba of Barcelona she has been involved in the squat movement and experimental theatre in Barcelona, Brussels, London and Milan.

Considering the city as an open laboratory, she worked with the cultural association Citymine(d) in Barcelona and Brussels, organizing performances, public meetings and projects for the reusing of abandoned spaces for free living and working.

She is a founder member of, a cultural association created in 2009 to promote networks of local and international partnerships with associations, activists and researchers.  

She is co-author of the book TEMPORIUSO. Manual for Temporary Reuse of Abandoned Spaces Altreconomia, (2014-2015), and the book chapter  ‘Social Capital for Social Control’ in Reducing Boundaries. Understanding Exclusion Through Security Defensive Systems in Wealthy Urban Areas, edited byBonini Lessing, Valin & Acuttti,  Mimesis Architecture, 2016. She is also co-author of ‘Mapping of the Socio-Territorial Conflicts of the Municipality of Venice’, Urban@It 017).