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Dr Azadeh Mashayekhi
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  • Lecturer (Teaching) MSc Dissertations
  • Development Planning Unit
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I originally trained as an architect in Iran, and later as an urban planner in the Netherlands at the Technical University of Delft(TUDelft), I have specialized over the years in the fields of architecture, urban design and planning. I have over 15 years’ international experience in research, teaching and practice in various countries in the Middle East, South-East Asia and Europe. My research and practical experience is focused on urban governance and the international circulation of planning practices, and the politics of urban development, social segregation and inequality in the Global South. I have worked with international NGOs, policy and research institutions, universities, the private sector, and communities and their local support organisations. I completed myPhD in 2019 at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and prior to joining the Development Planning Unit (DPU) in 2017, I have taught and worked on a number of research projects at Delft University of Technology and theUniversity of Westminster. 

Research Summary

My research focuses on the political economy of urban change, and explores the mechanisms by which urban change takes place in cities of the global south. My research interests focus on postcolonial critique of urban studies and specially on political and institutional dynamics of city making practices in the context of the Global South, in particular Middle Eastern cities. My current research project examines the complex interplay between state, space and politics in the global south and in particular in the middle east. My research is both informed by and contributes to various cross disciplinary debates on the spatial organization of contemporary capitalism, financialization and neoliberal authoritarianism. 

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