Gruia Bădescu is a researcher and an urban development professional, working between academia and practice. He holds a PhD in Architecture from the Centre for Urban Conflicts Research, University of Cambridge and an MSc in City Design and Social Science from the LSE’s Cities Programme. He conducted research on post- war urban reconstruction in Lebanon and the Balkans, and on urban processes after political violence in Chile, Argentina, and Romania. As a practitioner, Gruia worked on policy research, urban design, and strategic planning for the Center for Sustainable Destinations at the National Geographic Society, UNDP, the World Bank, Space Syntax Romania and integrated urban development planning in Romania and the EU Eastern Partnership countries. He is the co-founder and vice-president of the Romanian Center for Innovation in Local Development. Since 2018, he is a Research Fellow at the University of Konstanz (Germany), and a visiting lecturer at SNSPA Bucharest.