Francesca Savoldi

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Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Francesca Savoldi is a human geographer (PhD) working on the urban geography and political ecology of port cities and coastal territories.  As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow at TU Delft (2021-2023) she has critically examined the evolution of the port-city relationship, its contemporary power unbalances and related contested spaces and relationalities. She is the founder of, an online platform dedicated to social mobilisations in port cities.

As a member of the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Integrated Maritime Policy,  Francesca has previously investigated the ongoing transformation of maritime spaces, economies and politics. She has also conducted research on different types of urban conflicts, as well as citizens sciences.

Currently (2024) she is a lecturer at the Glasgow Caledonian University in London, visiting researcher at Erasmus university, and postdoctoral research fellow at Cà Foscari University.


Savoldi, F. (2024) “Contested port cities: logistical frictions and civic mobilization in Genoa and Venice”. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.

Savoldi, F. (2022) “Ports, Citizens and Frictions: Emergent Eco-territorialities on ContestedPorts”. PORTUSplus, 2022(13).

Savoldi, F. Orsini, G. and Germond, B. (2020) "Waves of contention: framing the complexity of unresolved EU maritime boundary disputes." Territory, Politics, Governance.  Vol.8

Savoldi, F.  Jancîc Z., Salvador R (2019) “Awaiting new borders: unsettled maritime boundaries and contemporary disputes in the Adriatic Sea.” Portuguese Publish Policy, vol. 3, n.2 Special Issue.

Savoldi, F. (2019) Urban walls and virtual bridges. Social capital and the Internet in divided cities. In Bhakti, M. (Ed) Emergent technologies, New media and the Cities: Shifting Paradigms in Urban Communication. Common Ground Publishing (University of Illinois), Champaign, USA

Savoldi, F. (2017) “Women, technology and the spatiality of fear: the challenge of participatory mapping and perceptions of safety in urban spaces.” TRIA – International Journal of Urban Planning vol. 9 n.2 Special Issue - ISSN 1974-6849.

Savoldi, F. Ferraz de Abreu P (2016) “Bullying, cyber bullying and Internet usage in the post-conflict Belfast.” Cogent Social Sciences, 2016, Vol.2, Issue:1

Savoldi, F. Ferraz de Abreu P (2014) “Internet, social capital and e-inclusion in the post-conflict Belfast. Expectations of community workers.” The Journal of Urban Technology Vol.21, Issue:3

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