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Giulia Torino

Giulia Torino

Urban Studies

Architectural and Planning History & Theory

Cultural Studies

Latin America & the "Global South"

Postcolonial and Decolonial Philosophy

Critical Race Theory


Giulia trained as an architect (University IUAV of Venice; Illinois Institute of Technology-IIT, Chicago) and urban designer (University of Sheffield). She worked in the public planning sector in New York City (NYC Department of City Planning) and for a NGO in Ouidah (Republic of Benin), while serving as editor of urban studies magazines (Italy; Spain).

Giulia has co-founded and convenes the Urbanism in the Global South interdisciplinary working group (based among the departments of Architecture, Geography, POLIS — Centre for Development Studies and CLAS), and the King's Urban Network (King's College) with Prof Matthew Gandy. She has co-convened the Cambridge City Seminar (2016/17), the international conference "Two Mayors, Two Cities: Urban Transformation in Cali and Medellín" (2017), the Martin Centre Seminar Series Women in Practice (2016), the Symposium for International Women's Day at King's College (2017), and a public talk with Italo-Ivorian activist and sociologist Aboubakar Soumahoro, on "Race, Labour, Freedom: Refugees and migration in Italy" (2018), among others.

She is a supervisor for the ARB/RIBA Tripos (Department of Architecture) and for the Study Skills programme at King's College (for Architecture and Geography); she was Women’s Officer for the King’s College Graduate Society in 2016/2017. She has been invited reviewer for Undergraduate and Masters design projects at the University of Cambridge and at UCL, and invited lecturer at the University of Cambridge, the University of Sheffield, and the University Externado of Bogotá. 
During the a.y. 2017/18, Giulia is Visiting Researcher at the Department of Cultural Studies and at the Centre for Afro-descendant Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. Since 2016 she has served as Editor for the independent magazine of academic journalism King’s Review, for which she co-edited and published a book (2018).
She is a member of the Global Challenges Initiative (GCI), the research group Cities South of Cancer (Martin Centre), and the Decolonial Research Lab (Department of Geography). During 2018/19 Giulia is the UCU graduate representative and the Cambridge Decolonising Initiative representative for the Department of Architecture, whilst she seeks to contribute, as a young academic, to the decolonisation of research theory and practice in architectural, spatial, and urban studies. 

Giulia's doctoral research explores the relation between race, space, and place in shaping "cityness" and the urban space in Bogotá (Colombia). Her research is jointly funded by the AHRC DTP and King’s College, Cambridge.