A new horizon for research, teaching, and knowledge sharing

DIST - Department of Excellence MIUR 2018-2022

The Excellence Project

The DIST department is the point of reference for Turin’s Polytechnic and University in the cultural areas dealing with spatial transformation and spatial governance processes, from the local to the planetary scale. The department, focusing on the urban issue with a sustainability perspective, promotes theoretical and applied research, teaching, and knowledge transfer.

The DIST department has been recognized as one of the 180 excellence departments of the Italian university system, and thus granted special funding for the 2018-2022 period (see: MIUR).

DIST - Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning

The main aim of the Excellence Project is to produce a research with public relevance, widely recognizable and recognized.

Project goals

The DIST department aims at reinforcing its position as reference point – in Italy and worldwide – for studying spatial and urban transformation and governance processes, from the local to the planetary levels. It plans to do so by enhancing its capacity to provide decision-makers with relevant knowledge, supporting planning and government policies design and implementation.

DISTFest: October 2021 events

A cycle of events designed to focus on topics, challenges, people and ideas of the contemporary debate on the relationship between ecological transition, sustainable development, society and environment.
A month of meetings and reflections to understand contemporary university and society as a whole, to look ahead on the next future.

A laboratory to visualize spatial processes and problems


The SDG11Lab owes its name to the Sustainable Development Goal 11 of the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. Objective of the Lab is to implement an infrastructure that is finalized at the production of complex spatial information. This can be achieved by using AI dedicated resources, access to satellite big data and, furthermore, favoring an open source policy to reach users with different levels of specialization.

A multidisciplinary team of researchers who enriches the DIST's competences


DIST - Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning