Who are we?

We’re researchers, urban policy experts, citizen initiative advocates, storytellers, specialists in urban regeneration, cultural development, community participation, deliberative democracy, local economic and policy development, social innovation and communication. From research to policy design, from community engagement to consultancies, from documentaries to books, from workshops to conferences – our impact is manifold. We are present in three European capitals (Rome, Vienna and Budapest) and we speak ten languages that give us access to local contexts and dilemmas across Europe. 

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Daniela Patti is a co-founder of Eutropian. She is an Italian-British architect and urban planner, has studied in Rome, London, Porto and holds a Ph.D. in urbanism from the Technical University of  Vienna. Her recent research and projects’ interest has been on the governance of peri-urban landscape, the revitalisation of local food markets, economic models for community-based urban development and strategies to tackle urban poverty. She regularly works with the URBACT, Urban innovative Actions, the International Urban Cooperation and Urban Agenda on Urban Poverty  programs. She worked for the Rome Municipality in 2014-15, since 2012 she is board member of the Wonderland Platform for European Architecture and was a researcher at the Central European Institute of Technology in 2010-14.


Levente Polyak is urban planner, researcher, community advocate and policy adviser. He has worked on urban regeneration programmes for the New York, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Budapest municipalities. He taught at MOME and BUTE (Budapest) and TU Wien and was visiting fellow at Columbia University and the ENSA Paris-Malaquais and holds a PhD in Sociology from the Central European University. He is member of KÉK (Budapest) and board member of Wonderland (Vienna). He has been working as expert in URBACT networks (Temporary Use as a Tool for Urban Regeneration, Interactive Cities, ACTive NGOs, RiConnect, CO4CITIES) and Urban Innovative Actions projects (Curing the Limbo Athens, DARE Ravenna, CUP 4 Creativity Újbuda), designing learning trajectories and supporting knowledge exchange among cities.

Giovanni Pagano is an environmental researcher with a M. Sc degree in urban environmental management at Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the Netherlands, specialized in land use planning. He focuses his research on the socio-spatial qualities of the urban landscapes, particularly on community green initiatives, nature-based solutions, green infrastructure, and urban agriculture. At Eutropian he assists projects on environmental and collaborative processes. Additionally he contributes to a number of ongoing activities such as, writing proposals, facilitation and training through digital and social design strategies.

Another field of his research activities focuses on the social, economic and ecological vulnerabilities and sustainability of future-proof food systems, relating to the spatial qualities of the rural and urban landscapes and how their use needs to adapt and change. Commissioned by CURSA (Consorzio Universitario per la Ricerca Socio-economica e per l’Ambiente) he worked on the food policy of the Rome Metropolitan Area, part of the Metropolitan Strategic Plan (PSM). 

Sophie Bod is an energetic, hands-on project manager who combines academic excellence with expertise in communication projects. She holds a BSc in Communications & Media Studies from the University of London, an MA from the Department of Religions and Philosophies from SOAS, and a diploma in human rights. She has extensive planning and organisational skills of multiple projects in the arts and non-profit sector. Working with several UK cultural institutions, NGOs, and some of the UK’s largest charities, her tasks focussed on advocacy, research, digital and offline campaigns to mobilise and engage various target groups, and the development and delivery of key communication messages. Her work in PR focuses on architecture, culture, and non-profit campaigns. She is the co-editor of the Cooperative City Magazine.

Lukács Hayes is an enthusiastic and cheerful researcher and consultant at Eutropian. He holds a bachelors’ degree in Sociology and Social Policy from the Corvinus University of Budapest and a masters’ degree in Political Science from the Central European University (Budapest campus). Lukács, with a combined 5 years of works experience as a freelance consultant, researcher, project manager at various public and private organisations has been working with Eutropian since the beginning of 2021. Currently, as part of the Budapest team, he mostly focuses on projects that involve the central and local municipalities of Budapest: e.g. EUARENAS, working on citizen participation and deliberative democracy (Municipality of Józsefváros, or 8th district), and CUP4CREATIVITY, working on local cultural ecosystem building (Municipality of Újbuda, or 11th ditrict), as-well-as working with a wide range of partners from other European cities related to the above projects and beyond.

Lukacs, apart from working with Eutropian, works as the Chief of Staff of one of the opposition MPs in the Hungarian Parliament and teaches Political Science at Rajk College for Advanced Studies.

Jorge Mosquera started working and researching on urban planning and urban policies in 2015 joining a regeneration process for confiscated assets in the historic centre of Genoa coordinating street art workshops and advocating for urban and social regeneration. He is an Italian-Ecuadorian architect and urban researcher specialised in urban regeneration and social innovation. Previously, he worked in Barcelona with Platoniq researching on digital and urban commons studying the work of platforms like Decidim and Goteo for the common good. 

Currently, he is working on research, communications, and co-creation methodologies in projects addressing urban voids regeneration in the Danube Region (InterregAGORA), capitalisation on good practices for integrated approach in Urban Innovative Actions (UIA). Finally as Ph.D. candidate at the IUAV University of Venice, Jorge is doing academic research on urban policies, and assessment methods for social impact in urban regeneration processes.

Bana Saadeh is a Vienna-based independent artist and designer. She holds a bachelors’ degree in Visual Arts from the University of Jordan, and a masters’ degree in Social Design Arts as Urban Innovation from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She is the co-founder of the self-organised project 1 m2 Market in Vienna.

At Eutropian, Bana is an assistant project manager.

Stefano Patti is a professional actor that studied at the ACT Multimedia of Cinecittà and the AIAD of the Quirino Theatre. He has recently worked as protagonist at the Globe Theatre of Rome and the Stabile dell’Umbria. Parallely to his acting career he pursues his passion towards communication and graphic design, for which he has curated various campaigns in theatre and arts. Since 2015 he collaborates with Eutropian as graphic designer and communication advisor.

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