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Dr Matluba Khan
1-19 Torrington Place
  • Research Associate
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Dr Matluba Khan is interested in built-environment research particularly the impact of school ground design on pedagogy and play. Her research experience includes studies on the outdoor learning environment of children at primary schools and urban residential areas in the context of Bangladesh and Scotland. Matluba’s PhD thesis explored the relationship between school ground design and children’s learning and their motivation to come to school. She co-designed and developed schoolyards in Bangladesh engaging the children, teachers and the community as part of her research and evaluated the impact on the design on their learning and well-being. Her co-designed schoolyard has won the Honor Award by American Society of Landscape Architects in 2017 and Great Places Award in Place Design category by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) in 2016. She also ran workshops with teachers and trainee teachers on the role of school environment for learning and engaged children in several workshops for co-creation of outdoor environments. Dr Khan is working as a research associate in the University College London and tutored in Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the University of Edinburgh at undergraduate and postgraduate levels from 2015 to 2017. Before embarking on her PhD in the UK she held a position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka. She completed her B.Arch and M.Arch degrees from the same institute respectively in 2009 and 2012 awarded with Shamsunnahar Khan Memorial Gold Medal and Anisur Rahman Gold Medal.
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Research Summary
Dr Matluba Khan is a researcher and an intellectual activist whose academic background is architecture, but who has through her not so long research career engaged in interdisciplinary research projects and actively contributed in transcending the boundaries of academic research. She is particularly interested in the relationship of built environment and human behaviour, spatial theories and practices, and spatial interventions focusing on that environment-behaviour relationship. The practice side of a research project is a major driver for her research and she is interested in bringing change in human behaviour, learning, health and well-being through co-creation of space.

Dr Khan's recent research interest includes design and research of educational environments reflecting on the relation between place and pedagogy. She has experience of working in specific culture and context including Scotland and Bangladesh.  Her PhD research investigated the relationship between school ground design and children’s academic performance, learning motivation and play-behaviour that included co-design and development of a primary school ground in Bangladesh with children, teachers and the community. Through adoption of a quasi-experimental action research strategy and application of a mixed methods approach the research came up with a subset of design recommendations for creation of new school ground and improvement of the existing ones aiming at children’s improved academic performance, increased learning motivation and well-being. The project received the prestigious international award ‘EDRA Great Places Award 2016’ in place design category and ASLA Honor Award in Community Services category in 2017.

The PhD research was developed based on her Masters research that investigated the potential of an outdoor amphitheatre in a primary school on children’s performance at cognitive and affective domains. Dr Khan was also involved in another action research project with two of her colleagues on design of a children’s playground in a residential area in Dhaka.In addition to the above, her research skills have been developed through engagement in several interdisciplinary large-scale research projects including IPEN Adolescent: International Study of Built Environments and Physical Activity, the feasibility study of Dhaka and Rangpur zoo modernisation and viability report on development projects in Bangladesh. She also conducted individual research on the open spaces in Dhaka city, luminous environment of Government primary schools in Bangladesh and sustainable conservation strategies for old Dhaka. At the moment she is involved in the EU Horizon 2020 research project 'INHERIT' in the University College London.
Teaching Summary
Dr Matluba Khan has more than seven years’ teaching experience as a lecturer and later on as an assistant professor in Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and as a tutor in the University of Edinburgh (UoE). She was involved in teaching in 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year and 5th year architecture design studios in Bangladesh. She taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Edinburgh. Teaching students at different levels of their studies and in two different contexts made her capable of knowing the needs of students at different levels of Architecture and Landscape studies and with different learning abilities and addressing those needs accordingly.

Dr Khan’s teaching at architecture design studios of different levels included planning, design and development of project briefs, organising courses, supervising student projects, field trips and site visits; designing and delivering teaching materials; setting, marking, reviewing and assessing course work; providing feedback and advising them as a personal tutor. As part of teaching theory courses on ‘Architectural Conservation’ and ‘Landscape Planning and Design’ in BUET (I was the leader of both the courses) and ‘Theoretical Foundations’ in the UoE, she has developed and delivered lectures using digital media and produced teaching notes and support materials. In addition to the usual software used in Architectural practice i.e. AutoCAD, Sketchup, Adobe Photosop and CorrelDraw, she has developed skills in using lighting simulation software, Space Syntax and lent pastoral support to students.
21-AUG-2017 Research Associate Epidemiology and Public Health Institute of Health Equity, United Kingdom
Academic Background
  AFHEA ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow  
2017 PhD Doctorat – Landscape Architecture University of Edinburgh
2012 MArch Master of Architecture – Architecture Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
2009 B.Arch Bachelor of Architecture – Architecture Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
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