Profile of Mr Antonio Raciti University of Catania

Antonio Raciti

Trained as engineer, I received my degree in 2007 at the University of Catania with a thesis focused on the practices of informal planning in south Catania neighborhoods. In the same year, I joined the LabPEAT (Laboratory for the Ecological and Environmental Planning of the Territory) Research Group. It is a students and faculty group working at the University of Catania, engaged in Participatory Action Research projects in the most distressed community in eastern Sicily. Today, I'm a third year Ph.D. candidate in the “Architectural, Urban and Environmental Planning” Ph.D. program at same University.

General research interests

My research interests focus on community planning and ecological design.
Specifically, my dissertation explores possibilities to build innovative progressive planning practices through Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology. It argues that process of networking between ordinary people, active citizens, and planners can offer opportunities to promote community-led development. The thesis seeks to build grounded meta-theories analyzing cases of PAR projects in Sicily.

Latest deposited documents

The Memphis Action Research Center:
Amplifying the Voice of the Poor in the Bluff City
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The Memphis Action Research Center: Amplifying the Voice of the Poor in the Bluff City (June 2010)

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Bursary Application (January 2010)

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Letter of introduction (January 2010)

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The Memphis Action Research Center:
Amplifying the Voice of the Poor in the Bluff City
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The Memphis Action Research Center: Amplifying the Voice of the Poor in the Bluff City (January 2010)

Early city and regional planning theory was strongly influenced by the Enlightenment whose thinkers suggested the possibility for improving daily...

People’s landscapes: the role of inhabitants for a sustainable development image
People’s landscapes: the role of inhabitants for a sustainable development (September 2009)

People's landscapes: the role of inhabitants for a sustainable development.

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What does "informality" mean in Sicily (February 2009)

What does ‘informality’ mean in Sicily?

One of the most significant signs of the planning failure and lack of public governmental control of...