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I joined LSBU in 2021, where I am Lecturer in Town Planning in the School of Law and Social Sciences - Division of Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies. I completed my MA in Urban and Regional Planning at the IUAV University of Venice (Italy), followed by a PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the University of Hull.
My research interests are in the geographies of port and coastal cities, port-city relationships, culture-led urban regeneration, cultural and sporting mega events and their socio-spatial and symbolic outcomes on host cities. My first book on urban regeneration driven by mega events in port cities was published by Routledge in 2022.
From 2019-2021, I have taken part in the JPICH-funded project "Heritage Opportunities/threats within Mega-Events in Europe" (HOMEE), which involved architects, planners, social scientists, heritage practitioners and policy makers from across Europe. The project led to the Charter for Mega-events in Heritage-rich Cities.
Urban and Environmental Planning - BA (Hons)
Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeships
Social Sciences - PhD / MRes
University of Hull
IUAV University of Venice
IUAV University of Venice
Special Issue "Evaluating Cities of Culture"
Prizes, awards, and accolades
European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2022 (Jun 2022)
European Commission / Europa Nostra
The Heritage Opportunities/threats within Mega-Events in Europe (HOMEE) project won the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2022 - Research category.
“HOMEE has established an important quality framework to help strike the balance when organising
mega-events in heritage cities. The project promotes dialogue and innovation in the sphere of European
cultural heritage in relation to urban planning, involving academia, cultural actors, local leaders, private
enterprises and communities for the resolution of emerging challenges in rapidly changing contexts,
with a view on the post-pandemic era,” stated the Awards’ Jury.
A heritage-inspired cultural mega-event in a stigmatized city: Hull UK City of Culture 2017
Tommarchi, E. and Bianchini, F. (2021). A heritage-inspired cultural mega-event in a stigmatized city: Hull UK City of Culture 2017. European Planning Studies. 30 (3), pp. 478-498. https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2021.1959722
(Re-)generating Symbolic Port-City Links: Urban Regeneration and the Cultural Demaritimisation and Remaritimisation of European Port Cities
Tommarchi, E. (2021). (Re-)generating Symbolic Port-City Links: Urban Regeneration and the Cultural Demaritimisation and Remaritimisation of European Port Cities. European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes. 4 (1), pp. 59-75. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2612-0496/12089
Port Cities, Heritage Cities
Tommarchi, E. (2020). Port Cities, Heritage Cities. PortusPlus.
City/Capital of Culture schemes in European medium-sized coastal cities: the cases of Hull (UK) and Pafos (Cyprus)
Tommarchi, E. and Cavalleri, F. (2020). City/Capital of Culture schemes in European medium-sized coastal cities: the cases of Hull (UK) and Pafos (Cyprus). in: Planning and Managing Smaller Events: Downsizing the Urban Spectacle Routledge. pp. 128-143