Dr Giuseppe Cantafio

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Senior Lecturer (Academic Development APP and TEF)

Prior to my role at the University of Sunderland in London, I worked as a Lecturer and researcher on the impacts and scenarios evaluation of Autonomous and Connected Transport at the University of Greenwich. I held posts at Northeastern University in Boston, San Diego State University and the Universita Mediterranea of Reggio in Calabria, Italy, where I was a researcher for the MAPS-LED Project, exploring multi-disciplinary approaches to plan smart specialisation strategies for local Economic Development.

Teaching and supervision


My research interests include urban planning, innovation, sustainability, liveability, transportation, and Geographic Information Systems. Publication list available upon request.


  • Cantafio Giuseppe Umberto (2017). Green Economy as a Driver for Urban Regeneration: Insights from Greentown Labs, USA. In 13th International Postgraduate Research Conference 2017 Conference Proceedings 14-15 September 2017, pp. 1054-1064, ISBN 9781912337057
  • Bevilacqua Lina, Cantafio Giuseppe Umberto, Parisi Luana, Pronestì Giuseppe (2019) Investigating Local Economic Trends for Shaping Supportive Tools to Manage Economic Development: San Diego as a Case Study DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-92099-3_23 In book: New Metropolitan Perspectives
  • MAPS-LED (2017). S3: Cluster Policy & Spatial Planning. Knowledge Dynamics, Spatial Dimension and Entrepreneurial Discovery Process.
  • MAPS-LED (2016). Research and Innovation Strategies in Cluster Policies. Methodological Approach to Cluster Spatialization.


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Cantafio, Giuseppe Umberto and Ryan, Sherry (2020) Incorporating innovation metrics in urban indices: the Sustain-LED Index. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 7 (1). pp. 133-163. ISSN 2168-1376

Book Section

Cantafio, Giuseppe Umberto and Nadda, Vipin (2021) Ecotourism as a Trigger for Economic Development. In: Handbook of Research on the Role of Tourism in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals. IGI Global, pp. 138-150. ISBN 9781799856931


Cantafio, Giuseppe Umberto, Nadda, Vipin and Koutrou, Niki (2022) Proceedings of Teaching and Learning Symposium 2022. Coming out of a Pandemic: Lesson Learnt, Innovative Teaching & Learning Insights. IJEMID International Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management, Innovation, and Development, London. (Unpublished)

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I became a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (formally the Higher Education Academy) in August 2020.

I have a background in engineering, urban planning, and economics and hold a PhD in Urban Regeneration and Economic Development along with a BSc and MSc in Environmental Engineering.

I am a member of the Regional Studies Association (RSA).

Last updated 19 May 2023