Dr Luca Mora

BSc, MSc, PgCert, PhD (Double), FHEA, FRSA



Luca is a cum-laude graduate of Polytechnic University of Milan, where he obtained a BSc Degree in Science of Architecture, a MSc Degree in Architecture and, in conjunction with Polytechnic University of Turin and Polytechnic University of Bari, a Double PhD Degree in: (1) Innovation Management and Product Development; (2) Architecture and Urban Planning. In addition, Luca holds a PgCert in Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice in Higher Education, awarded by Edinburgh Napier University, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a member of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and a member of the Regional Studies Association (RSA). 


Luca is an Associate Professor of Urban Innovation at the Business School of Edinburgh Napier University, where he has also been appointed as Head of MBA Programmes. Luca is also a Research Associate at Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Smart Cities. His other appointments include: Research Associate at the Smart City Institute at the University of Liège (Belgium); Visiting Professor at Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci, École de Management (France); and, Visiting Researcher at URENIO, a university lab at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) which focuses on technology-driven urban and regional innovation. Before arriving in Edinburgh, Luca spent 13 years at the Polytechnic University of Milan, working as a Research Fellow and Lecturer within the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (DABC). 


Over the course of his professional career, Luca has committed himself to improving the quality of knowledge production and dissemination processes related to urban and regional innovation management in the digital era. His research is interdisciplinary in nature and lies in the convergence space between urban studies, innovation studies and computer science. Luca’s main research interests include: technology-driven urban and regional innovation dynamics; technology-driven urban sustainability processes; smart city development projects and strategies; Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3); and strategic planning for smart cities and RIS3. 


Luca is offering a strong support to the emerging scientific and technical developments of urban and regional innovation management. He has a sustained track-record of producing high-quality publication outputs and has contributed to generate an overall University income of approximately £500,000 through research and consultancy projects, mainly supported by EU funding schemes (EAFRD, 7FP, Horizon 2020). These projects have resulted in the production of new knowledge and innovative products and processes which are helping industry, government, universities and civil society to exploit their collective intelligence and generate the collaborate ecosystems required for developing smart environments that enable infrastructures and people to operate effectively. 

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