Dr. Claudia Trillo

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Current positions



Dr. Claudia Trillo is an internationally recognized researcher, with a proven track record and an extensive network of collaborators. She began her research career in 1994 as an assistant researcher on a project run at Nordregio -a leading European research centre- and have now a very forward-looking research trajectory with multiple prestigious grants (+£1,3M£), many involving leading teams in the role of PI (+£480K).

Since 1997 her research has been complemented by a strong commitment to knowledge transfer through constant engagement with enterprise delivered though high-profile consultancy and civil servant roles.

She strongly believes in the transformative power of research and aims at achieving a major goal: to create innovative sustainable urban development and regeneration tools and methods to preserve local identity and cultural capital, along with the social, environmental and economic benefits.

She is available to supervise new PhD candidates.

She is currently the program leader for the Master of Architecture at the University of Salford and teaches a variety of modules, with a focus on sustainable design and regeneration. She has lectured in several countries, including the USA (MIT, Berkeley, Madison-Wisconsin, Portland, San Diego, UCLA), Iran (Mashad), Europe (Stockolm, Copenhagen, Sofia, Cluj-Napoca, Oulu), Italy (Florence, Venice, Pescara, Ascoli Piceno, Milano, Rome, Reggio Calabria).

She is regularly invited by both academic, non-academic institutions and professional bodies to contribute as speakers or as expert member to conferences and advisory groups. Recent invitations include:

  • Invited speaker by the European Commission, JRC, to present the report Place-Based Innovation Ecosystems: Boston-Cambridge Innovation Districts (USA) at the Science for Policy workshop “PLACE-BASED INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS: WHY CONTEXT MATTERS” (4th of March 2020),  at the Tenth plenary session of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly and European Committee of the Regions (10th ARLEM/CoR Sevilla, 26th February  2019) and at the European Week of Regions and Cities 7-10 October, Brussels.
  • Invited by the University of Ankara (TK) as guest speaker and member of the Scientific Committee to the ICREDM2020, 2nd International Conference on Real Estate Development and Management (2020).
  • Invited in Brussels by the Climate-KIC non-governmental EC organisation as guest speaker and adviser on the Innovation Ecosystem Programme: Building Stakeholder Interactions Workshop (2019)
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Leeds, UK, CPD teacher (2019)
  • Advisor on the preparation of the Nordic Programme on Sustainable Urban Development and Smart Cities (2019)
  • Opening Lecture to the Master’s Degree in Landscape Intervention and Heritage Management at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (2018)

She is author of over 100 publications in her field, including 4 books and several peer reviewed papers and book chapters. 

Areas of research

Sustainable Urban Regeneration and Design, Sustainable Housing Policies and Design, Heritage- Led Urban Regeneration, Heritage Conservation and Digital Technologies, Sustainable Innovation- driven Urban Regeneration

Areas of supervision

Sustainable Urban Regeneration and Design, Sustainable Housing Policies and Design, Heritage- Led Urban Regeneration, Heritage Conservation and Digital Technologies, Sustainable Innovation- driven Urban Regeneration


  • Architecture Undergraduate (ARB Part 1): Principles of Sustainable Built Environment, Year 2, Recreating the City (Heritage-Led Urban regeneration), Year 3.
  • Master of Architecture (ARB Part 2): Urban Ecologies: the Royal Horticultural Society Worsley Park (Year 1), The Manchester Ship Canal Regeneration project (Year 2), Final Thesis.

Research Interests

Dr. Trillo was successful in obtaining funds from prestigious and competitive sources such as Horizon 2020, AHRC, HEIF, and in getting prestigious grants such as Fulbright. Between 2017 and 2020 she has successfully carried out over 375,000£ externally funded projects and 7,600£ internally funded projects. Overall, she has secured 1,274,953£ funding in bids and grants (calculated in percentage according to the role played in the project).


  • Current research projects

CIM_SUR: A new portal for City Information Modelling: Systems’ integration in industry and sustainable urban regeneration (2020-2023), Royal Academy of Engineering, Newton Fund, role: UK Principal Investigator. Total budget, £119,990.00

IT conservation of traditional architecture and heritage (2019-2021), Royal Academy of Engineering, Newton Fund, role: UK Principal Investigator. Total budget, £73,495.00

IT Indian Heritage Platform: Enhancing cultural resilience in India by applying digital technologies to the Indian tangible and intangible heritage (2018-2020), AHRC, role: Co-Investigator, Total budget: £183,267.


  • Previous research projects

MAPS LED (2015-2019), Horizon 2020, role: UK Principal Investigator. Total budget, €1,512,000; UK budget: €324,000.  

IT-Living Platform (2017), HEIF grant, University of Salford, role: Principal Investigator. Budget: £44,000.

PRIN grant from the Italian Ministry for the Education, University and Research, MIUR PRIN Call 2015 (2017- 2020). Total budget: €991,535. Role: Member of the end users’ group on the topic: Cultural Heritage values and related costs in case of natural threats; Social balance, Cultural Heritage protection and natural hazards.

CLUDs, Commercial Local Urban Districts (2010-2014), 7th European Framework Programme, role: Co-PI. Total budget: €638,400.  

BESECURE, (2010-2013), 7th European Framework Programme, role: research associate. The project addressed urban safety in European cities. Total budget: €144,000.

Cilento LabScape, Italian National funds FARO. The project tested a Living Lab in a UNESCO Natural Site, the Cilento National Park.

HIDDEN (2010), 7th European Framework Programme, role: research associate.  The project investigated “hidden” innovation in entrepreneurial local initiatives.

Transfer of Development Rights and Urban Form (2003-2009), Role: Principal Investigator, University of Naples. The project generated courses offered to practitioners through the Council of Engineers and the Fondazione Astengo.



  • Individual grants


£1000 from the 2019/20 Research Impact Fund supporting preparation of a UN report in Nairobi (2019).

Santander Grant for supporting the Master of Architecture Summer School, £1,000 (2018). Furthermore, I have supported my students to obtain a further £5,000 grant for the Summer School.

Erasmus + Grant, € 640 (2018)

Internal grant of Salford supporting the preparatory workshop of a H2020 international bid, secured funds: £6,600. Role: Principal Investigator (2018)

1-year Research Grant on: Governance and urban planning in a comparative perspective Europe - USA, University Federico II, Naples, Italy, € 19,800 (2008-2009)

1- year Research Grant on: European policies for cities, University “Federico II”, Italy, € 19,800  (2011-2012)

Fulbright Senior Research grant at the San Diego State University, CA, $11,500 (2007-2008)

Fulbright Occasional Lecture Program (OLP) for teaching at the universities of Berkeley, Portland State and Madison-Wisconsin, $750 (2008)

3-years research grant to support my PhD at the University of Naples* (1998 – 2001)

Grant of the Italian Institute of Philosophic Studies “Values and interpretation of landscape”*(1998)

Grant of the DAAD* (German Institute) for the Hochschüle of Brema (1995)

6-months Erasmus grant* to study at the Bauhaus of Weimar (Germany) (1994)



Qualifications and Memberships

  • Academic Qualifications
  • PhD in Urban Design (May 2001), University of Naples, Italy
  • Qualified at Associate Professor Level in Italy (M.D. 76/2012)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (March 2017), recognition reference:  PR124384
  • PG Certificate in Academic Practice (March 2017) University of Salford, UK


  • Professional Qualifications
  • ARB Architect, ARB Registration Number: 091825C
  • RIBA Chartered Architect since July 2016, RIBA Membership Number:  20017342
  • Italian Chartered Architect since April 1997, Ordine degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori della Provincia di Salerno, Membership Number:  1279



  • Current Memberships
  • Associate member of ThinkLab (2019-ongoing)
  • Member of the AESOP Thematic Group on Public Spaces and Urban Cultures (2019- ongoing)
  • Member of the Italian Committee ICOMOS – ICORP (International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness) (2019-ongoing)
  • Research Fellow of the Institute of Public and Urban Affairs, San Diego State University (2009-ongoing)
  • Member of the International Doctorate on Urban Regeneration and Economic Development of the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria (2012-ongoing)
  • Member of ICOMOS (2016-ongoing)
  • Member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Economics of Conservation (candidate status)
  • Fellow of the RSA, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (candidate status)


  • Former Memberships
  • Visiting Research Fellow of the Institute of Innovative Governance (IIG) and the School of Public Affairs at San Diego State University (2018-2019)
  • Honorary Visiting Research Fellow of the School of Built Environment, University of Salford (2010-2014)
  • Member of the national board of the Italian National Institute of Urban Planning (2011-2015)
  • Member of the regional board of the Italian National Institute of Urban Planning - Campania Region (2006-2013)
  • Associate member of BERI, Built Environment Research Institute, University of Ulster (2009-2010)
  • Member of the national board AIPCR as expert on sustainable viability, Italian Ministry of Infrastructures (2010)
  • Member of the national research board INU for the “Report from the Territory” (2010)


  • Editorial board member of: 
    • Sustainability (2018-ongoing)
    • Sustainable Development (SD) (2019-ongoing)
    • JBEST -International Journal of Built Environment Studies and Technologies (2016-ongoing)
    • Urbanistica (2011-2015)
    • Urbanistica Informazioni (2011-2015)
    • Urbanistica Dossier (2011-2015)
    • TRIA (2015-ongoing)

Post graduate research

  • Available to assess PhD research proposals in her fields of interest and to undertake new supervisions of PhD candidates.


  • Currently supervising:


  • Bernard Nzau, Harnessing the Real Estate marked for Equitable Affordable Housing provision in Nairobi, Kenya: insights from California, USA
  • Yusuf Shabat, Urban Land-use and Road Networks in Developing Countries: Applying TOD methods to the Case of Gaza City
  • Saqer Alqassimi, Building disaster- resilient energy sector within the United Arab Emirates- a critical analysis approaches for mitigation, vulnerability reduction and preparedness.
  • Clare Devaney, The role of cultural heritage in embedding Smart Specialisation (S3) oriented strategies.


PhD completions as principal supervisor:


  • Rania Aburamadan, Developing User-Informed Specifications for Refugee Shelters in Hot Dry Climates: A Study of the Al-Za’atari Camp in Jordan 
  • Mohammed Agbali, Developing a knowledge management framework to enalble social innovations in local economic development for Smart Cities
  • Clare Mashiter, Unveiling the role(s) of informal third sector deliverers: towards a conceptual framework to understand the process of social value creation among informal third sector groups.
  • Kevin Dean, Towards a tool to evaluate housing led urban regeneration schemes sustainably
  • Hamed Samir, An Urban Design Guide to Maintaining Architectural Identity While Modernizing Iraqi Cities
  • Mohammed Milod, Study of Vernacular Architecture in Libya, Nafusa Mountain
  • Carianne Johnson Theoretical approach to assessing the spatial effectiveness of protected areas in Caribbean Small Island Developing States: testing the Spatial Effectiveness Assessment for Coastal Protected Areas