Master of Arts in History and PhD at the Urban Studies Department of Università di Roma 3, Alessandro Coppola is currently a lecturer in Urban Sociology at Politecnico di Milano and in Urban Planning at the Università di Roma 3. His research focuses mainly on qualitative approaches to issues such as neighborhood policy and politics, community development and organizing, informality and urban shrinkage.
His papers have appeared, among others, on Urban Studies, Metropoles, Territorio, Archivio di Studi Urbani e Regionali, Urbanistica and on final publications of recent major national research projects in the fields of planning and urban policy. In 2012, he has published Apocalypse Town. Cronache dalla fine di una civiltà urbana, Laterza, 2016.
He has taught urban sociology, urban ethnography, urban policy and social work at Politecnico di Milano and Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia and has been research and visiting fellow at Politecnico di Milano, Johns Hopkins University and Cleveland State University.
Ha has consulted with national organizations and local institutions on urban policy and community organizing. Lately, he coordinated the Roma Resiliente Initiative promoted by the City of Rome in partnership with the 100 Resilient Cities Network. He has also extensively published on journals, magazines and newspapers on issues related to his research work.