Francesco Chiodelli is associate professor of urban and legal geography at the Università degli Studi di Torino, where he is the director of OMERO – Interdepartmental Research Centre for Urban Studies. His research lies at the intersection of urban space and institutions (norms in particular), with a specific focus on questions of pluralism, diversity, informality. Currently, his working mainly on housing informality in Southern European countries and on different manifestations of illegality in the urban sphere. He also investigated the spatial dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over Jerusalem. He writes regularly for Italian newspapers, such as Il Manifesto and Huffington Post Italia.