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Lecturer of Urban Design and Convener of Bangladesh Climate Alliance, The University of Melbourne

Tanzil Shafique is a Lecturer of Urban Design and Co-Director of the Postgraduate Programmes at The University of Sheffield School of Architecture. He is also an Associate of the Urban Institute. Previously, he taught at the University of Melbourne and the University of Arkansas. Tanzil’s research looks at southern urbanism, pluriversal architectural practice and informal planning, mainly focusing on the ongoing adaptation and transformation due to climate change led by the local citizens. He received a British Academy grant in 2021 to convene Decolonial Cities Collective, a transdisciplinary knowledge commons. Additionally, Tanzil co-convenes the Platform for Just Housing (Najjyo Abashon Moncho or NAM) and Bangladesh Climate Alliance, which work towards housing and climate justice with local activists and citizens. Tanzil’s upcoming monograph is titled: City of Desire: An Urban Biography of the Largest Slum in Bangladesh (Bloomsbury, 2024).


  • –present
    Doctoral Student in Urban Design, University of Melbourne


  • 2014 
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA, M.Arch in Architecture and Urbanism