The Confronting Informality Symposium and Workshop are organised by Urbanism students, and supported by the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology.

The symposium is student-led and student-organised. Every year, a new group of Master students gets together to organise the symposium. These students are generally dealing with informal urbanisation in their graduation projects.

The Confronting Informality has a board of advisers composed by Professor Vincent Nadin, dr. Roberto Rocco (also manager), Dr. Ana Maria Fernandez-Maldonado and ir. Jan van Ballegooien.


Professor Vincent Nadin is Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy, Chair of the Spatial Planning Section in Urbanism and Visiting Distinguished Professor at the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. Vincent is keen to understand and make international comparisons of how planning systems contribute to shaping cities and urban form; and on comparative tools for urban planning and citizen engagement. He is leading international research projects on the changing role of urban planning in heritage conservation and place identity.

Roberto-Rocco-ROUNDRoberto Rocco is an architect and spatial planner who graduated at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, has a Master in Spatial Planning by the same University and a PhD by TU Delft.  He is currently Assistant Professor at the group of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the TU Delft. His research interests focus on governance of resources (water and energy) at the regional and metropolitan levels. He also studies processes of informal urbanisation in the Global South, including planning tools and governance of slum upgrading. He interested in evaluative frameworks of governance and sustainability. He also leads the Netherlands Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS) and the Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development (SCUPAD). Get to know Roberto better by visiting his website.

Jan-van-Ballegooijen-2Jan van Ballegooijen is an architect and researcher working at TU Delft on the book project ‘The political meaning of informal urbanisation’ (in co-editorship with Roberto Rocco). He received a MSc degree at Delft University of Technology in 2011, with a project that focused on the relationships between democratization and urban informality in São Paulo’s periphery. At TU Delft, he has also worked as a research assistant for the chair ‘Design as Politics’, investigating the tensions between politics and urban design. Besides his current work as a researcher at Crimson Architectural Historians in Rotterdam, he is also a practicing architect in the Netherlands and Belgium. He is currently expanding his research on the relationship between urban informality and democracy. 

For the organising committees of each year, please click below.

icons_committee 2014_WPheader  icons_committee 2016_WPheader

For general queries, please contact Roberto Rocco.

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