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Giulia trained as an architect and urbanist, before working in the public planning sector (New York City Department of City Planning) and for NGOs in West Africa, while serving as editor of urban studies magazines.

Giulia has co-founded and convenes the Urbanism in the Global South interdisciplinary working group (based among the departments of Architecture, Geography, and POLIS), and the King's College Urban Network with Prof Matthew Gandy. She has co-convened the Cambridge City Seminar (2016/17), the international conference "Two Mayors, Two Cities: Urban Transformation in Cali and Medellín" (2017), the Martin Centre Seminar Series Women in Practice (2016), the Symposium for International Women's Day at King's College (2017), and a public talk with Italo-Ivorian activist and sociologist Aboubakar Soumahoro, on "Race, Labour, Freedom: Refugees and migration in Italy" (2018), among others.

Since 2016/17 she has been a supervisor for the ARB/RIBA Tripos (Department of Architecture), for the Part II Tripos (Department of Geography), and for the Study Skills programme at King's College (Architecture and Geography). She was Women’s Officer for the King’s College Graduate Society in 2016/2017. She has been invited reviewer for Undergraduate and Masters design projects at the University of Cambridge and at UCL, and invited lecturer at the University of Cambridge, the University of Sheffield, and the University Externado of Bogotá. 

During 2017-19 Giulia was Visiting Researcher at the Department of Cultural Studies (Centre for Afro-descendant Studies) and at the Department of Architecture of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. During 2016-2019 she served as Editor for the independent magazine of academic journalism King’s Review, for which she co-edited and published a book of interviews (2018) with academics like Gayatri C. Spivak, Ilan Pappé, Cornel West, Nancy Fraser, Carlo Rovelli, Saskia Sassen, and many others. 

She is a member of the Global Challenges Initiative (GCI), the research group Cities South of Cancer (Martin Centre), and the Decolonial Research Lab (Department of Geography). Since 2018 Giulia is the UCU graduate representative and the Cambridge Decolonising Initiative representative for the Department of Architecture, whilst she gives lectures at the Department on Architecture on urban (de)coloniality, the spatialisation of race in cities, and gender and intersectionality in spatial studies. On such topics, she has also supervised third-year undergraduate dissertations at the University of Cambridge since 2017. 

Giulia’s doctoral research explores the relation between race, place, and space in shaping coloniality and the “urban” in Latin American cities. In particular, it focuses on the material, discursive, social and cultural production of racialised forms of spatial injustice and of Afro-descendant urban life and resistance in the city of Bogotá. Methodologically, between September 2017 and July 2019 she has carried out a longitudinal ethnography in Bogotá’s districts with highest Afro-descendant concentration, working with both community leaders, local activists, and Afro-Colombian social organisations. Her research is jointly funded by the AHRC-DTP and King’s College at the University of Cambridge.

Department: Architecture
College: King's
Title: [provisional] Race, Space, and Urban Coloniality in Latin America
 Giulia  Torino