Federico Savini is Associate Professor in Environmental Planning, Institutions and Politics at the University of Amsterdam. He combines approaches of political sociology, 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 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 studies a range of phenomena: real-estate development, land-use planning regulations, post-industrial development, environmental zoning, the financialization of land development, waste and the metabolism of cities, the tacit social norms underpinning ecological urbanism and housing commons. His teaching includes core BA courses in Planning Theory, MA courses on research methods and several thesis supervisions. Further, Federico was main researcher and leading coordinator in the international research projects APRILab and CODALoop, both funded under the scheme JPI-Urban Europe. He is part of the community of de-growth scholars in Europe and The Netherlands, is coordinator and curator of the Masterstudio Future Cities, and is co-initiator and advisor of the social-housing cooperative de Nieuwe Meent in Amsterdam.
Just as our bodies need oxygen, the economy needs money – so the theory goes. If we do not steer away from this limited paradigm, then the cure we apply now will become a liability by giving rise to potential crises in the future.