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Professor of Development Planning, UCL

My research focuses on (post)colonial architecture, planning and development in Israel\Palestine, the Middle East and Africa. Spatial justice and urban health, contested urbanism, transnational migration and informality are in the core of my research and consultancy work, teaching and activism. My approach to urban health is based on understanding how history, power and structural inequalities (class, gender, race, age) interact to produce urban health disparities. My view is the study of urban health and the development of interventions in any urban context should look at the effects of urbanization on both physical and mental health and consider the role of urban forms and policies as foundation causes of racial and ethnic inequalities in health. In my current project I focus on the ways in which violence, planning and health are entangled, arguing that infrastructure or housing are basic conditions not just for ensuring healthier environments but also for the provision of proper care.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Professor , Bartlett Development Planning Unit UCL

Education

  • 2003 
    Department of Geography Ben Gurion University, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Contextual Awareness, Response and Evaluation: Diabetes in Ghana
    Role:
    Partner
    Funding Source:
    GCRF
  • 2019
    Gaza: The Spatio-Politics of Health, Death and Life
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Wellcome Trust
  • 2018
    Politics, medical knowledge and development: from Israel to Ethiopia and Eritrea (and back)
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Wellcome Trust
  • 2015
    The Architecture[s] of Foreign Policy: Revisiting Israeli Architecture and Planning in Africa 1956-1973
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Israel Science Foundation
  • 2015
    Architecture Planning and Foreign Policy: Israeli and GDR Development Cooporation in Sub-Saharan Africa 1950-1990
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    German Israel Foundation
  • 2010
    The Geopolitics of Neighbouring
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Marie Curie HORIZON 2020