Rudina Toto

Scientific Researcher


OMB/UNECE -Sustainability Research Center


Rudina Toto is senior researcher and expert of territorial governance and environmental planning at Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development in Tirana, Albania. She teaches at POLIS University, Tirana, Albania and is active in the Western Balkan region through projects and networks. She has extensive hands-on experience in urban and regional planning, and recently also in disaster risk reduction planning. She has co-authored the development of the planning legislation in Albania from 2010 to 2016. Since her PhD research on forest common pool resources, she also focuses on urban commons, particularly public space, and on ecosystem services.


Nientied, P. and Toto, R., 2022. Planning for Sustainable City Tourism in the Netherlands. uropean Spatial Research and Policy, 29(2),, pp. 219-234.

Toto, R., Toska, M. and Shutina, D. 2022, Governing Pandemics at the Local Level – The case of COVID 19 in Albania. In Armondi, S., Balducci, A., Bovo, M. and Galimberti, B. (eds.), Cities Learning from a Pandemic, pp. 187-208, Routledge. DOI:10.4324/9781003240983-16.

Shutina, D. and Toto, R., 2022. Territorial Rescaling and Polycentric Governance in Albania. European Spatial Research and Policy, 28(2), pp. 103-129.

Cotella, G. and Toto, R., 2022. Editorial Introduction. Part I: Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans: Multi-Scalar Approaches and Perspectives. European Spatial Research and Policy, 28(2), pp.5-20.

Toto R., Shutina D., 2021. Untangling Territorial Governance in Albania: Towards a Place-Based Approach?. In: Berisha E., Cotella G., Solly A. (eds) Governing Territorial Development in the Western Balkans, pp. 195-219. Advances in Spatial Science (The Regional Science Series). Springer, Cham.

Toto, R., Ćaćić, M., Ivanova, Z., Nientied P. and Stachowiak-Bongwa, K., 2021. Urban Commons in Emerging Economies. In J. Fransen, M. P. van Dijk and J. Edelenbos (Eds.) Urban Planning, Management and Governance in Emerging Economies. Paradigm Shifts. Edward Elgar Publishing. Pp. 117–141.

Shutina, D., Allkja, L., Toto, R. and Favro, T., 2021. Land Development in Albania. Experiences and Future Prospects. In Valentin, N. (Ed.) Albania nel terzo millennio / Albania in the third millennium architettura, città, territorio / architecture, city, territory. Gangemi Editore. Pp. 74-81.

Nientied, P. and Toto, R., 2020. Learning from overtourism; new tourism policy for the city of Rotterdam Learning from overtourism; new tourism policy for the city of Rotterdam. Urban Research and Practice, 13. DOI:10.1080/17535069.2020.1748343.

Toto, R., Ćaćić, M. and Nientied, P., 2019, Urban commons in two Western Balkan capitals. In: N. Čamprag and A. Suri, (eds.), Three Decades of Post-Socialist Transition, pp. 469-477. Conference Proceedings, Urban Morphosis Lab, Technical University of Darmstadt.

Toto, R. and Allkja, L., 2019, “Land Development in Albania – Challenges and Innovations”, in Toto, R. (ed.), Annual Review of Territorial Governance in Albania, pp. 55-68.

Toto, R., 2019, “Forest Commons as a Model for Territorial Governance” in Finka, M., et al., eds., The Role of Public Sector in Economic and Territorial Development, pp. 97-130, Springer,

Toto, R., 2018, “Why do We Need Economic Formalization”, The World in 2018 – The Economist edition in Albanian, Tiranë, Albania.