Giovanni Allegretti


Giovanni (Aldo Luigi) Allegretti is an architect, planner and senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the Coimbra University, Portugal. Here he is among the directors of the Ph.D "Democracy in the XXI century" and he coordinates the "PEOPLEs' Observatory: Participation, Innovation and Local Powers". He is a member of the Working Group "DECIDe" at CES, being part of the coordination board. Since 2001, he has been assistant professor in Town Management at the University of Florence, where he got his Ph.D in Town,Territorial and Environmental Planning. He studied in Brazil, Danmark and Japan with scholarships of the Ministry of Foreign affairs. He studied in Brazil, Danmark & Japan. Expert of the European Commission for the URBACT Programme, he deals with Participatory Budgets and Interactive Planning since 1998. On this subject he wrote several books. As a consultant and trainer about participatory processes, he was invited to hold professional courses by several Local Authorities (in country such Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Portugal, Senegal Reunion Island), Universities (Harvard Design School in United States, King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, International Islamic University in Malaysia, Institute of European Studies in Vietnam) and NGO (TI in Morocco and Indonesia, TNI in India), and International Institutions (in Canada's 2006 UN/World Urban Forum, in Kenya's 2006 Africities Forum and in two continental courses on Participatory Budgeting organised by the World Bank in South Africa and Senegal). Since January 2008 he coordinated the scientific training of the EQUAL-funded project "Participatory Budgeting in Portugal" which trained more than 600 local authorities and municipal technicians in Portugal on the issue of Participatory Budget. He also coordinated the scientific outputs of the EU-funded project "PARLOCAL" (led by Malaga Province in Spain)and the three-years study on Participatory Budgeting called "OPtar", funded by the FCT of Portugal. At present, is the global coordinator of the international project "EMPATIA.Enabling Multichannel PArticipation Through ICT Adaptations"(2015-2017), funded by Horizon 2020. He is also the coordinator of the Portuguese Unit of the Projects UNISOST (coordinated by the NGO Associação EStà - Economia e Sostenibilità, from Milan, Italy) and DUPLA-PAZ (coordinated by the NGO "Oikos" of Udine, Italy, and funded by Friuli Venezia Giulia Region). Faz parte do Projecto "Comunix" financiado pelo Programa Erasmus+. On behalf of its department, dr. Allegretti is also a member of several international organisations whose aim is to promote networking among 'best practices' of urban participatory management (Committee for Participatory Democracy and Social Inclusion of UCLG and OIDP - International Observatory on Participatory Democracy). He is member of the Standing Group on "Democratic Innovations" in the European Consortium of Political Reserach (ECPR). Since 2007 he was committed in co-organising a network of municipal authorities within the CPLP (Community of Portuguese-speaking countries), which was officially approved by the chiefs of State in July 2008 and formally constituted in March 2009. He is member of two Reserach Groups of Brazilian CNPQ: "Mobilidades? A vivência acadêmica internacional", coordinated by the Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing in S. Paulo; and "Núcleo PRODEP - Teoria democrática, Sociedade Civil e Espaço Público" coordinated by UFMG in Belo Horizonte. At present, he has been appointed as co-chair of the Independent Authority for Promoting Participation (APP) of the Tuscany Region (Italy), for the mandate 2014-2019. He is a member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Political Ecology (IPE) in Zaghreb, Croatia, and of the do Scientific Council of the PhD in Public Policies at IUAV University, Venice. He was the founder and co-coordinator of the "Democracine" Film Festival in Porto Alegre - Brazil, and co-organiser of the "Fest-Cineamazonia - Itinerancia em Portugal".

Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Modesto Abreu, Jonas; Allegretti, Giovanni (2016), "Comportamento político violento e avanço global da direita: uma análise do caso brasileiro", Crítica e Sociedade: revista de cultura política, 6, 2, 88-121

Book Chapter

Secchi, Michelangelo; Allegretti, Giovanni; Tang, Audrey (2016), Hybrid Scales of Citizen Engagement: how technological integration can scale-up participatory processes?, in Renato Balbim (org.), The Geopolitics of Cities: old challenges, new issues. Brasilia (BR): IPEA, 213-246

Article in Scientific journal

Allegretti, Umberto; Corsi, Cecilia; Allegretti, Giovanni (2016), "Constituent Process and Constituent Assembly: the making of constitutions through the larger involvement of citizens", Forum di Quaderni Costituzionali - Rassegna, 8, 1-25

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