I am a social researcher based in Milan with an interdisciplinary background in sociology, anthropology and political science. I work at the intersection between analysis and policy on ecological and social transition(s).

I have a PhD in European Urban Studies (URBEUR Programme) and I currently work with the Foundational Economy Collective.

I presented my work in academic and professional settings including Feltrinelli Foundation, the International Conference of Urban and Regional Sociology, Welsh Government and the Economic Development Agency of Barcelona.

In January 2019 I won the FABER residency on local development.

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Calafati Luca et al (2020) Serius about green? Building a Welsh wood economy through coordination , Foundational Economy (English)

Calafati Luca et al (2019) How an ordinary place works: understanding Morriston , Foundational Economy (English)

Calafati Luca and Chiappini Letizia (2018) Towards a sustainable urban future? Opportunities and challanges of new urban economies , Che Fare (Italian)

Calafati Luca and McInroy Neil (2017) Local government and the commons: the time has come, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (English)

Calafati Luca (2018) Making maker spaces transformative, Urban@it - Centro Nazionale di Politiche Urbane (Italian)


Introducing the foundational economy with Prof. Karel Williams (presentation at Centre for Socio-economic Innovation of Barcelona Activa. Barcelona, January 2019)

How grounded are Italian cities? An analysis of size and composition of the foundational sectors of urban economies in Italy (presentation at the International Conference of Sociology of Urban and Regional Development. Leeds, September 2017)

Building the city for all. The new strategies of economic regeneration in Europe (lecture at the course The Social Dimension of Urban Regeneration by the Emilia-Romagna Region. Bologna, February 2018)

New urban economies between innovation and social cohesion (public seminar by the University of Milano-Bicocca and CheFare at Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation. Milan, October 2018