Barbara Caselli has received her PhD (Curriculum Urban Studies), from the University of Parma (Italy) on March 2017 with a dissertation entitled “Growth and Shrinkage. Interpretative models for medium and small Italian Shrinking Towns from 1990 to today”. After her PhD, she was a Research Fellow at the University of Parma (Department of Engineering and Architecture) where she carried out research on the management of GIS relational databases for post-earthquake reconstruction planning in smaller historic city centres. She also carried out teaching activities within the European Postgraduate Master Course in Urban Regeneration and within the master’s degree programs in Architecture and in Sciences and Technologies for Environment and Resources. Then, in late 2018, she got a research grant on “Food Valley landscape planning and management” and she as been involved in the research activities of the Urban planning group, both at the national and international level. Her research interests include the study of shrinking processes in inner areas, landscape and regional planning, open space planning and the applications of Geographic Information Systems in spatial planning and city management.