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Aisling O'Loghlen

Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow in Global Challenges, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Social researcher and urban planner with 5 years’ experience of conducting academic research on urban refugees and urban development in Sub-Saharan Africa, in addition to several years working as both a consultant in the private sector and project officer at local government level. Interests in human settlements design, land management, local environmental planning and management, governance, housing policy and projects, slum upgrading, institutional capacity development, and resource mobilization, development planning in urban slums. Particular interest in the coping mechanisms of vulnerable populations within the slum context, such as displaced populations, either internally or refugee groups.


  • –present
    PhD Researcher in Urban Studies, Heriot Watt University


  • 2014 
    University of Oxford, Visiting Fellowship at the Refugee Studies Centre
  • 2011 
    University of Manchester, Masters in Planning
  • 2008 
    Queens University of Belfast, MSc. in Environmental Management
  • 2007 
    University College Cork, B.A. (Hons) in Geography

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    The nexus of urbanisation and displacement: the case of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    Funding Source:
    International Growth Centre