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Irit Katz

Assistant Professor in Architecture and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge

My work focuses on built environments shaped in extreme conditions, with a particular emphasis on spaces of displacement, conflict, and spatial injustice, primarily in post/colonial settings. My research covers historic and contemporary contexts in Israel-Palestine, Europe, and beyond, looking at camps (setttler/refugee/detention/protest camps) and urban contexts as ever-changing spatial constellations through which political negotiations and cultural transformations are staged and reworked. In my work I incorporate spatial ethnography, participatory research, urban and global policy analysis, visual methods, and a strong engagement with cultural and political theories. My research has been published in a variety of academic journals and won a number of academic awards. It includes the co-edited book Camps Revisited: Multifaceted Spatialities of a Modern Political Technology (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) and the monograph, The Common Camp: Spaces of Power and Resistance in Israel-Palestine (University of Minnesota Press, 2022).


  • –present
    Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge


  • 2016 
    University of Cambridge, PhD in Architecture