European cities embracing digital nomads

  • Gennaro Angiello University of Naples Federico II
Keywords: Digital nomads, Remote workers, Urban policies, Venice, Madeira


Starting from the relationship between urban planning and mobility management, TeMA has gradually expanded the view of the covered topics, always following a rigorous scientific in-depth analysis. This section of the Journal, Review Notes, is the expression of a continuous updating of emerging topics concerning relationships among urban planning, mobility and environment, through a collection of short scientific papers. The Review Notes are made of four parts. Each section examines a specific aspect of the broader information storage within the main interests of TeMA Journal. In particular, the Urban practices section aims at presenting recent advancements on relevant topics that underlie the challenges that the cities have to face. The present note provides an overview of the policies and initiatives undertaken in two European cities to attract and retain digital nomads and remote workers: Venice (IT) and Madeira (PT). The contribution discusses the effectiveness of such initiatives and the benefits to designing specific programs and facilities to welcome digital nomads.


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Author Biography

Gennaro Angiello, University of Naples Federico II

Gennaro Angiello is a Senior IT Consultant, currently auditing for the European Commission, where he leads the analysis and design of Information Technologies aimed at supporting data-driven policy-making in the domain of public health and food safety. Prior to moving to the private sector, Gennaro has worked as researcher at the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II and has been Visiting Fellow at the Department of Human Geography of the Complutense University of Madrid.


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How to Cite
AngielloG. (2022). European cities embracing digital nomads. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 15(1), 157-161.

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