The Institute for Research and Developmentn - RDI_POLIS, is self-governed by the Director.The director of RDI is Dr*.D. Shutina, one of the field’s best experts in the country, co-founder and executive director of the nationally and regionally well-known NGO, the Institute for Habitat Development, Co-PLAN. The great experience of Co-PLAN is a solid foundation for RDI in developing research and applied projects, financed not only by U_POLIS, but also by local partners and institutions (public and private) and also international ones.
Since 2003, Dritan Shutina is the Executive Director of Co-PLAN, the Institute for Habitat Development, which he co-founded in 1995. He is also one of the founders of POLIS University, the International School of Architecture and Urban Development Policies, where he teaches “Strategic Planning and Project Cycle Management”. Graduated in Civil Engineering, Mr. Shutina has completed post graduate studies in Holland and USA: in Public Policy at Graduate School for Public & International Affairs, University Pittsburg, USA; in “Leadership and Entrepreneurship” at “tailor-made” programs of State Department and Harvard University, USA.
His main fields of expertise are: Decentralization and Local Governance, Regional Development, Participatory Urban Planning, Strategic Planning, Formulation of Public Policies, Project Cycle Management, Project Evaluation, Organizational and Institutional Development, Civil Society Development, Knowledge Management, Moderation, Coaching.
For over 20 years, Dritan has been engaged in numerous projects in the planning and development field, including development in the field of neighborhood and city and region planning, organizational and institutional development, project design, monitoring and evaluation, decentralization and local government reform, urban planning management, local financing, democratization and civil society development in Albania, but also in Kosovo.
He is co-author of several publications and studies, among which: “Between Vacuum and Energy” (2009), “Policy followers or Policy makers 1-2! – Analysis and recommendations on the territorial governance in Albania” (2010, 2012), “The Technical Manual for Planning and Territory Development” (2015), “On the role and competences of the district and other supportive institutions of Regional Development”, etc.