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Deljana Iossifova

Deljana Iossifova is Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at the School of Environment, Education and Development and Director of the Confucius Institute at The University of Manchester. She is Editor-in-Chief of the RIBA The Journal of Architecture the Chair of the Urban Studies Foundation and AzuKo Foundation. Currently, she leads a portfolio of research projects on urban infrastructure transitions in China, India and Brazil ( She is the author of 'Translocal Ageing in the Global East' (Palgrave, 2020) and lead editor of 'Urban Infrastructuring' (Springer, 2022) and 'Defining the Urban' (Routledge, 2018). Iossifova trained as an architect at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and has a PhD in Social Engineering (Public Policy Design) from Tokyo Institute of Technology.


  • –present
    Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies, University of Manchester