Workshop Speakers

evin deniz

Evin Deniz

Evin Deniz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Autonomous University of Madrid. She is also a part-time lecturer in the Department of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at Bilkent University of Ankara. She has been at the BGSS (Berlin School of Social Sciences) at Humboldt University as a guest researcher in 2013. She holds a master’s degree on Labour and Social Policy from Autonomous University of Barcelona. Evin received another master’s degree in 2012 on Sociology of Demography, Migrations and Territory at Complutense University of Madrid. Her research focuses on urban sociology, urban social movements and political economy of space.
will Dorman

Bill Dorman

Bill Dorman is an honorary fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at Edinburgh University; he previously taught at Edinburgh and Durham universities. His 2007 PhD thesis, “The Politics of Neglect: the Egyptian State in Cairo, 1974-1998,” was joint winner of the 2008 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize. Thesis outputs include articles in Security Dialogue and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, as well as book chapters. He has also contributed articles to the on-line commons. At present, he is seeking to transform his doctoral thesis into a monograph, provisionally titled Legacies of Neglect.
David Gordon

David Gordon

David Gordon is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. My dissertation identifies patterns of convergence and clustering in terms of how global cities engage in local climate governance, and develops and applies a novel conceptual framework to account for inter-city influence and the diffusion of norms and practices of climate governance across city networks.

He is a member of Sustainable Prosperity and an instructor at the University of Manitoba, and have conducted research on the comparative study of climate governance in federated political systems, and the evolution of carbon markets.
Laavanya Kathiveralu

Laavanya Kathiravelu

Laavanya Kathiravelu is currently a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, working on the GlobalDivercities project, a multi-sited comparative interrogation of urban diversity. Her previous research explored labour migration and city-building processes in the Gulf emirate of Dubai.
Regan Koch

Regan Koch

Regan Koch is an urban geographer whose research to date has focused on matters of public space, urban imaginations and changing social practices in contemporary cities. His doctoral thesis— Eating in public: Re-imagining collective urban life—examines food-related trends in U.S. cities in to extend and invigorate research on urban public space in geography and urban studies. In ethnographic detail, the thesis demonstrates novel ways that collective life is re-configured and offers a range of concepts and attentive registers that can be put to work in making sense of such changes.
John Lauermann2

John Lauermann

John Lauermann is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, and a Lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design. His research focuses on the political economy of urban planning, and the role of public-private partnerships in development policymaking. His dissertation analyzes the urban policy implications of bidding to host megaevents (like Olympics and football World Cups), by examining the impacts of speculative investment, design-phase planning, and institutional coalition-building undertaken during the competition to win hosting contracts. The research is funded by the International Olympic Committee and the US National Science Foundation, and he is a 2013 postgraduate research fellow at the Olympic Studies Centre.

Paula Morais

Paula Morais is presently a Research Officer at the London School of Economics (LSE) for the EU-FP7 URBACHINA research project looking at sustainable urbanisation in China, and a Tutor in Urban Design and International Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. She is currently finishing a PhD in Planning Studies focusing on contemporary urban public space in Macau - China, sponsored by the Science and Technology's Foundation, FCT, Portugal at the BSP-UCL where she also co-founded and former co-coordinated the China Planning Research Group (CPRG) until October 2011. Paula has also a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at CALT - UCL and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Trained originally as an architect by FAUP at the University of Porto, Paula worked in several Architecture practices.
Lukas Pauer

Lukas Pauer

Lukas Pauer, born 1988, is the Research Platform Director at LCLA Office and currently serves as the Publications Coordinator for the Think Space Programme at the Zagreb Society of Architects (DAZ). He is studying urban design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and holds an MSc Arch ETH from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich). Lukas has participated in a number of research projects at ETH, such as the Structural Oscillations project for the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008 and the ongoing research platform urbaninform / Squat at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam in 2009. In addition, he has been involved in a publication on philanthropy and architecture with Jeffrey Inaba and the Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab) in NYC, as well as various experimental periodicals, such as press release, trans, MONU, Architecture Pills, and Volume Magazine.

More recently, in collaboration with Luis Callejas, Lukas has been teaching intensive studios on speculative landscapes at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and RMIT University. In fall this year he will publish ‘Peak Sand is not an Option: On the Limits of Resource Extraction Urbanisms in the Straits of Singapore’ in UCLA’s Critical Planning Journal.
Davide Ponzini

Davide Ponzini

Davide Ponzini(1979) received his PhD in Urban Planning from Politecnico di Milano, where he is currently Assistant Professor. His research activity focuses on planning theory, urban and cultural policy, spectacularization of contemporary architecture. He has been visiting scholar at Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and Sciences Po Paris. His work has been published in international scientific journals and in edited books. Coauthor (with Pier Carlo Palermo) of the book Spatial Planning and Urban Development, Springer, Dordrecht and New York (2010), and of the book (with Michele Nastasi) Starchitecture. Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities, Allemandi, Turin (2011).
Elizabeth Rapaport

Elizabeth Rapoport

Elizabeth Rapoport is a doctoral candidate in Urban Sustainability and Resilience at University College London. Her research interests include urban sustainability, the international exchange of ideas in urban planning and design, and the role of private sector consultants in contemporary urban planning. Her doctoral research focuses on the role of international consultants in the development and dissemination of ideas about sustainable urban planning and design. Prior to beginning her doctorate Elizabeth worked for nearly a decade on urban issues in a number of countries around the world. Elizabeth holds a BA in American Government and Politics from Wesleyan University in the United States and a MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics.
nick simcik-arese

Nicholas Simcik-Arese

Nicholas Simcik-Arese is a DPhil candidate in Geography and the Environment at St Antony’s College, Oxford. For the past year he has been living in suburban Cairo with a community of slum-dwellers squatting a middle-class gated community. His ethnography documents revolutionary narratives in new squatters movements at the urban frontier, the relevance of trickery for sustaining a commons, and the forms of governance that emerge from fully private urban spaces in times of high political uncertainty. Nicholas trained as an architect at the Architectural Association and briefly worked at UN-HABITAT in Nairobi. He holds undergraduate degrees in Political Economy and in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Contemporary Urbanism from the London School of Economics.
Fida Yaseen

Fida Yaseen

Fida Yaseen’s Bachelor degree is in Architecture. Being first in her class, she worked as research assistant at An-Najah National University where, after she had finished her MA in urban planning, she won the Amideast and OSI PhD scholarship among 150 Palestinian faculty members from different Palestinian universities. She was one of the final list of 25 individuals.

In her dissertation she discussed the idea of planning under occupation, highlighting the relationship between spatial planning and the struggle over space. After taking her PhD she returned to her home country in 2010 where she now works as assistant professor at the newly established department of urban planning in An-Najah National University. She is interested in informal planning and the role of women in urban planning.