PhD candidate in Urban and Regional Development at DIST in the Politecnico di Torino (Italy), working on spatial governance in metropolitan regions in Latin American and Caribbean countries, in relationship with democratization processes.
metropolitan spatial governance and government
national planning systems analysis
social function of property
common functions of public interests
formal and informal production of urban space
This doctoral thesis regards the spatial governance in Latin American and Caribbean countries. Three markedly different countries (Bolivia, Brazil and Cuba) were justifiably selected as case studies not in a comparative, but in a complementary perspective. Coherently, the basic hypothesis of this work considered that this selection of countries could provide a comprehensive outlook on spatial governance in that geographic context. In fact, the field research operation work was to observe, analyse and interpret the spatial governance in completely different national contexts, setting out a variegated and complex range of cases. The spatial governance has been studied transversely throughout the articulated framework offered by the case of the metropolisation process and the metropolitan governance definition and implementation in Bolivia, Brazil and Cuba. Furthermore, the spatial governance has been considered in relation to its capacity to contribute to the national and local democratization process, ensuring citizenship rights, and in doing so, defining spatial rights and promoting spatial justice. In Bolivia, the study included the de facto metropolitan region of La Paz - El Alto in the Department of La Paz, and the de iure and de facto metropolitan region of Kanata in the Department of Cochabamba. In Brazil, where all metropolitan regions are legally recognized, the study included metropolitan regions belonging to different legal framework at state level: the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte in the State of Minas Gerais, and the metropolitan regions of Sao Paulo and Baixada Santista in the State of Sao Paulo.