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 incoming Chair of the Urban Studies Foundation. Currently, she leads two projects on urban sanitation transitions in China, India and Brazil, funded by UKRI and the Royal Society. She led the ESRC Strategic Network ‘Data and Cities as Complex Adaptive Systems’ (2015-2017) and is the author of ‘A Human Ecosystem Approach to Urban Ageing: Bulgaria’s Forgotten Elderly’ (Palgrave, forthcoming) and lead editor of 'Defining the Urban: Interdisciplinary and professional perspectives' (Routledge, 2017). Iossifova trained as an architect at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and has a PhD in Public Policy Design from Tokyo Institute of Technology.