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  • Rositsa Ilieva

    Part-time Lecturer


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    Rositsa Ilieva


    Dr. Arch. Rositsa T. Ilieva is an adjunct faculty at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and the Parsons School of Design and Associate Researcher at the Urban Systems Lab at The New School in New York City. Previously, Dr. Ilieva served as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) of The New School, where she taught courses and conducted research in urban food systems and planning for sustainable cities. Dr. Ilieva holds a Bachelor’s (2006) and a Master’s (2009) degrees in Architecture and a Ph.D. Cum Laude in Spatial Planning and Urban Development (2013) from the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy. During her Master’s studies she attended the Collegio di Milano – a nationally accredited college of excellence in Milan, and the Alta Scuola Politecnica – a double-degree Master’s program of the Polytechnic University of Milan and the Polytechnic University of Turin with focus on interdisciplinary work and innovation. In her Ph.D. dissertation, Dr. Ilieva used transition theories to investigate the emerging field of urban food planning and provide insights into the underexplored interface between food systems, sustainable development, and urban planning. For the international orientation of the work and research conducted abroad – at Cardiff University (UK), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US), and Wageningen University (The Netherlands) – in 2013, Dr. Ilieva was conferred a Doctor Europaeus distinction.

    Degrees Held

    PhD Cum Laude in Spatial Planning and Urban Development, Polytechnic University of Milan; 
    MS Cum Laude in Architecture, Polytechnic University of Milan & Polytechnic University of Turin
    BS in Architecture, Polytechnic University of Milan

    Recent Publications

    Ilieva, R. T. (2017). Urban Food Systems Strategies: A Promising Tool for Implementing the SDGs in Practice. Sustainability, 9(10), 1–35.
    Ilieva, R.T. (2017), “Reimagining periurban and marginal landscapes: A new role of agriculture in urban planning and design,” in Bruzzese, A. and Lapenna, A. (Eds.), Linking Territories, Rome, Italy: Planum
    Ilieva, R.T. (2016), Urban Food Planning: Seeds of Transition in the Global North, New York, NY: Routledge.
    Cohen, N., Ilieva, R.T. (2015), Transitioning the Food System: Toward a Strategic Practice Management Approach for Cities, Journal of Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions17, pp. 199-217.
    Ilieva, R.T. (2014), Food and Planning: Reimagining the City of Tomorrow?, Territorio, n. 71, pp. 35-42.
    Ilieva R.T. (2012), Cibo e pianificazione urbana: un nuovo paradigma per la città del domani?, Urbanistica Informazioni, n. 246-246, pp. 17-19.
    Ilieva R.T. (2012), Productive landscapes as devices for urban communities re-invention: key insights from the city of Detroit, Paysage Topscape, n.9, pp. 1063-1075.
    Ilieva R.T. (2012), Empowering Local Food Connections for Resilient City-Regions. Planning through foodsheds or terroir?, Territorio, n.60, pp. 61-67.
    Ilieva R.T. (2011), Shaping space and society for high-speed urban development. Exploring the Dubai City model pitfalls and perspectives, Territorio, n.57, pp. 45-56.
    Fabris, L.M.F., Ilieva, R.T. (2010), Greenways in an emerging city context: a utopia or a chance for innovation?, Landscape Architecture, n.6, translated to Chinese by Liang Si-jia.  


    Research Interests

    Cities as loci for socio-technical innovation; sustainable development; urban food systems; urban food planning; transition theories; theories of social practice; strategic practice management.

    Current Courses

    Designing Foodscapes (Spring 2020)

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