Today half of the world's population lives in urban areas. The United Nations expects this number to rise up to 75 percent in 25 years. However, territories are not static entities. They grow, shrink, change, in an increasingly unpredictable way, both on a local and a global scale. Of course, all these changes have a tremendous impact on our society.
The Inter-university Department of Regional & Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) is the reference structure for the Politecnico di Torino and the University of Turin in the cultural areas that study the transformation and the governance processes within a territory, as considered in its physical, economic, social, political, cultural aspects and their interrelationships, in a integrated sustainability perspective.
The DIST promotes, coordinates and manages research, teaching and third mission activities aimed at the educating the change agents of tomorrows' challenges for a sustainable management of our territories.

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