Giacomo is a researcher in urban and cultural studies with the Title of Docent in Urban Studies from the University of Helsinki and in Music Research from the University of Tampere. He received a PhD in comparative studies from the Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM Milan; his dissertation examined Berlin in German-speaking literature between 1989 and 2000.
He has been lecturing in English, German and Italian, in various European universities inclunding the University of Helsinki, the Estonian Art Academy, University of Freiburg, Karlsruhe Music University, Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences and University of Strasbourg. In 2011- 2012 he was Von Humboldt Foundation experienced researcher at the Centre for Popular Music and Culture of the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, where he conducted a research on industrial cities, economic crisis and popular music in the 1980s.
His research has dealt with urban cultural studies on a comparative European level. He developed projects in relation to urban cultures, popular music, urban branding, interculturalism, creative cities, cultural planning and temporary uses and has worked with various qualitative methods, ranging from semi-guided interviews to ethnographic diaries, from visual methods to content analysis. His main aim has been to determine how art and cultural expressions can be used to better understand space and spatialities on one hand, and communities and societies on the other.
He published articles on major journals (such as The European Journal of Cultural Studies and Journal of Urban Cultural Studies), book chapters in innovative books (such as Culture and the City and Fight back: Punk, politics and resistance) and edited Unsichtbare Landschaften: Populäre Musik und Räumlichkeit / Invisible Landscapes: Popular Music and Spatiality. He has organized since 2008 the Urban Studies course at the Helsinki Summer School.
Contact him at: giacomo.bottaÄTgmail.com