Dr Deljana Iossifova is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies at the School of Environment, Education and Development and Director of the Confucius Institute at The University of Manchester. She is the Chair of the Urban Studies Foundation. Currently, she leads a portfolio of research projects on urban infrastructure transitions in China, India and Brazil (www.susinfra.com). She is the author of 'Translocal Ageing in the Global East: Bulgaria's Abandoned Elderly’ (Palgrave, 2020) and lead editor of 'The Complex Dynamics of Urban Infrastructure Transitions' (Springer Nature, 2021) and 'Defining the Urban' (Routledge, 2017). 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.