Alessandra Manganelli

Research staff

  • Current position PhD researcher
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Geography
    Faculty of Sciences
    Building F
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Alessandra Manganelli is a PhD fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and PhD researcher within the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research and the Planning & Development (P&D) research unit at the KU Leuven (joint PhD). Her research concerns the governance of Alternative Food Networks in urban areas, taking the Brussels-Capital Region as the main case study.

Educational background

2011-2013: MSc Urban Planning and Policy Design, Politecnico of Milan, Italy

2012-2013: International Student Exchange Program, KU Leuven, Belgium

2009-2011: BSc Urban and Regional Planning, Politecnico of Milan, Italy

2005-2008: BA Philosophy, University of Bologna, Italy

1998-2007: Diploma in Piano, Music Conservatory of Siena, Italy

Previous positions/employment/activities

From February to June 2017 Alessandra has been Visiting Researcher  at the Centre for Studies in Food Security - School of Nutrition. Ryerson University, Toronto;  Website:

2013: Research-oriented internship, P&D Unit, KU Leuven, Belgium

2014: Collaboration with the European Social Solidarity Economy Network - RIPESS Europe

Brussels, April-May 2016: Alessandra Manganelli was in the organizing team of the Brussels Academy Research Labs on the Commons and contributes in a workshop on food as a common with Olivier de Schutter (UCL). More information:

Leuven/Brussels, 4-17 June 2016: Alessandra Manganelli took part in the AESOP PhD Workshop 2016 – The AESOP PhD workshop 2016 focuses on ‘PLANNING AND URBANISM RESEARCH IN A GLOBAL WORLD’. More information:

Conferences Participation:

In July 10-14 2017 Alessandra presented at the IASC Conference “Practicing the Commons. Self-Governance, cooperation and Institutional Change”

Where: Utrecht, Netherlands; Website:

In July 2-6 2017 Alessandra contributed to organize and presented at the International Conference "Making space for socio-spatial and socio-ecological justice in research and action strategies”.

Where: Lesvos, Greece; Website:  

In May 27–30, 2017 Alessandra took part to the Canadian Association for Food Studies’s Conference (Canadian Congress 2017), Food in Canada and Beyond: Communities, Collaboration, Complexity.

Where: Ryerson University; Toronto, Ontario; Website:

13-15 November 2017 Alessandra presented a paper at the AESOP Sustainable food Planning Conference. The paper is titled "The challenge of land accessibility for Urban Agriculture. A Hybrid Governance Approach on the Brussels’ case".  

Madrid, 4-7 July 2016: Alessandra Manganelli participated in the Conference “From CONTESTED_CITIES to global urban justice - critical dialogues”, focusing on urban social movement, alternative practices of governance, struggles for social justice, etc. More information:

Alessandra contributed to the symposium at BOZAR: "Surabaya: challenging practices of the commons" ( with a contribution on 'food as a commons'