Dr. Ana Peric Momcilovic

Dr.  Ana Peric Momcilovic

Dr. Ana Peric Momcilovic

Raumentwicklung und Stadtpolitik

HIL H 29.1

Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5

8093 Zürich


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Research area

I study processes and practices of stakeholders’ collaboration in addressing complex spatial problems. Observed through the lenses of planning theory, methods, and empirical tools, I analyse the nature and implementation of different collaborative procedures and their consequences for social learning and democratic urban governance. Working across different spatial and social settings, I delve into the domain of comparative studies, exploring various topics across scales of planning and institutional landscapes in Europe and the United States. I have studied collaborative planning practices in brownfield regeneration in Switzerland and the Danube region; strategies for integrated spatial and transport development along the Hamburg-Athens corridor; participatory planning mechanisms in Yugoslavia; planning culture of urban megaprojects in Chicago; and, most recently, public instruments and informal tools for densifying and greening urban districts in Zurich.

Curriculum Vitae

Educated as an architect and urban planner, I am a Lecturer and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade. At the same faculty, I obtained a doctorate in Urban Planning (2013) awarded from the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce. During my education, I received six grants, including the Foundation for Young Talents Grant (2010/2011) and the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (2014/2015) for PhD and postdoc research conducted at ETH Zurich, as well as the Fulbright Foundation Grant (2021) for visiting scholar research at the University of Illinois, Chicago.


My research results have been published in 6 books (authored and co-edited), more than 70 academic journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings, and several policy papers and strategic guidelines. Published in the leading journals, I authored papers on new conceptual frameworks (Cities, Land Use Policy), policy reviews (European Spatial Research and Policy), and practical guidance (Urban Research and PracticeUrban Design International).


I actively serve on review boards for two international journals (Urban and Regional Planning and Athens Journal of Architecture) and the Excellence in Education board of AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning). Dedicated to combining research with practical assignments, I have been active as a working group member of the European Commission Corridor Coordinators focused on the Orient/East-Med Corridor; coordinator of the ARL project on integrated spatial and transport development along the Hamburg-Athens axis; member of the Western Balkan Network on Territorial Governance; and co-founder of UN-Habitat/ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) Community of Practice on Urban Innovation. Since 2016, I have been part of the ISOCARP Board, responsible for ISOCARP awards and, more recently, publications.


Year Distinction
2021 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Grant
2015 Award received from the Serbian Town Planners Association (the second prize at the 24th International Urban Planning Exhibition in the category Research and Studies in the Field of Spatial and Urban Planning)
2014 Award received from the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce (best doctoral dissertation defended at the University of Belgrade)
2014 Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship
2010 “Foundation for Young Talents” Grant, Serbian Ministry of Sport and Youth

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Research Projects


  • 09.2021-04.2023: Dense and Green Cities: Emerging Models of Integrated Urban Development, project team member
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  • 12.2020-01.2023: Beyond the process: finding common ground for a discussion on planning's substantial foundation, project team member
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  • 05.2018-05.2023: Western Balkans Network on Territorial Governance, project team member
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  • 02.2021-09.2021: Place-based Collaborative Planning: Towards Advanced Planning Culture for Brownfield Redevelopment (funded by the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Grant), principal investigator
  • 01.2015-12.2018: Spatial and Transport Development in European Corridors: Example Corridor 22, Hamburg-Athens, project coordinator
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  • 09.2014-09.2015: Sustainable Land Use in Serbia - New National Capabilities for Effective Brownfield Regeneration (funded by the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for post-doc research), principal investigator
  • 05.2014-12.2015: CODE: Athens! Railway and City Development in Athens, project coordinator
  • 12.2013-09.2015: Ten Years of UPATs: Reflections and Results, project coordinator
  • 11.2013-10.2014: BROWNINFO. Methodological Framework for Brownfield Database Development, project team member


Course Catalogue

Autumn Semester 2022

Number Unit
103-0417-02L Methodology of Planning Research and Practice
103-0569-00L European Aspects of Spatial Development
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