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"Diversity is a fact.
Inclusion is a choice."

- Zabeen Hirji -


Who we are

UniverCities is an association focused on bridging the gap between research and market in the urban and built environment landscape.​

It was founded with the intent to give continuity to research and innovation actions (in particular EU funded ones) and help them to develop into market services and products, creating sustainable models beyond the lifetime of the public funding mechanisms


Leveraging on research and technology organisations (RTO) as core members, UniverCities aims to be the new reference hub to encompass cross-cutting knowledge and professional skills together with the richness of cultural backgrounds, genders and ethnicities and turn them into answers to address urban challenges, nowadays undoubtedly global either at a large or local scale.


We are a team of architects, engineers, project managers, service designers, data analysts and behavioural experts bond by the desire to actively contribute to  more equal and sustainable places for all.

UniverCities is a non-profit independent association that celebrates innovation through diversity as a driver to universal cities.

The ambition is to accelerate and boost the research transition to create more inclusive and environmentally friendly buildings and cities with a close eye to the needs of the people, in particular those groups which are less represented in decision making processes (women, ethnical minorities, youngsters, old people, disable etc etc).


We help Research and Innovation (R&I) to be fully inclusive, data to be fully representative, participatory processes to be heard, technology to be democratic, governance to be diverse, product and services to be flexible for different communities, power levels to be fair, finance models to be sustainable.

Our Global Network

UniverCities works with 58 partners from 22 countries in 4 continents.

Our Team

Our team is composed by crosscutting expertise,
with an international background and extensive professional
experience in EU and UN multidisciplinary projects and grants,
as well as supporting SMEs in accessing new markets

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Daniela Melandri

President & Executive Director

Mariia K

Mariia Kanarchuk

Urban Data Analyst

Vittoria Fazio

Vittoria Fazio

Senior Urban and Built and Environment Specialist

Tommaso Rossotti

Tommaso Rossotti

EU Project Management Lead

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Agnese Riccetti

Head of R&D Project

Emanuela Berti

Emanuela Berti

Communication Manager


Sara Palumbo
Visual Designer 


Shaden Al Galaly

EU Project and Financial Manager


Steering Committee


The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the largest university in Greece. The main campus is located in the centre of the city of Thessaloniki, and covers an area of about 33.4 hectares. It comprises 10 faculties which consist of 40 schools and 1 single-School Faculty.

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