Speaker biographies

Dr Faiza Moatasim, Hamilton College

Faiza Moatsim is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor at Hamilton College. She received her bachelors of architecture from the National College of Arts in Pakistan, her masters of architecture from McGill University and her doctorate in architectural history and theory from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation, “Making Exceptions: Politics of Nonconforming Spaces in the Planned Modernist City of Islamabad,” investigates the interplay between formally and informally planned spaces in the planned capital city of Pakistan.

Debapriya Ganguly, University of Hyderabad

Debapriya Ganguly is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hyderabad.

Aya Nassar, University of Warwick

Aya Nassar is a PhD student in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.

Dr Daryl Martin, Centre for Urban Research, University of York

Daryl Martin is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York with teaching and research interests in the areas of architectural theory, cultural geography, social theory and urban studies. He is co-director of the Centre for Urban Research, an interdisciplinary gathering of academics whose research focuses on the social and economic development of ‘majority-urban’ centres; the towns and cities in which most people live and work.

Dr Cathy Turner, University of Exeter

Cathy Turner is a Senior Lecturer in the Drama Department at the University of Exeter. She is author of Dramaturgy and Architecture: Theatre, Utopia and the Built Environment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Her research concerns the relationship between dramaturgies of performance and experiences of place and space.

Dr Caroline Herbert, Leeds Beckett University

Dr Caroline Herbert is a Senior Lecturer of Postcolonial Literatures in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Leeds Beckett University. Her research centres on postcolonial literature and culture, specifically South Asian literature and film, and narratives of the postcolonial city. She is co-editor of Postcolonial Cities: South Asia, a special issue of Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings (2013) and co-editor (with Claire Chambers) of Imagining Muslims of South Asia and the Diaspora: Secularism, Religion, Representation (Routledge, 2014).

Dr Tanu Priya Uteng, Institute of Transport Economics (TØI)

Tanu Priya Uteng is a Senior Research Planner in the Department of Mobility and Organisation at the Institute of Transport Economics. She is co-editor (with Tim Cresswell) of Gendered Mobilities (Ashgate Publishing, 2008).

Ramya Khare, School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi

Ramya Khare is a student of Architecture at the School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi working on a dissertation entitled: Literature & Architecture: The Invisible & the Concrete.

Dr Tahl Kaminer, University of Edinburgh

Tahl Kaminer is a Lecturer in Architectural Design and Theory at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. He is author of Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation: The Reproduction of Post-Fordism in Late-Twentieth-Century Architecture (London; New York: Routledge, 2011), co-founder of the academic journal Footprint and co-founder of non-profit foundation 66 East, which ran twenty exhibitions, multiple screenings, events and lectures in a space in east Amsterdam.

Dr Nathon Marom, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

Nathan Marom is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sustainability, IDC Herzliya. He is author of City of Concept: Planning Tel Aviv (Babel Press, 2009) which won the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality Centennial Books award.

Dr Leon Morenas, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi

Leon Morenas is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. He is trained as an architect with a Masters in Urban Design from the School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi and a PhD in Architectural Sciences from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

 Professor C. Ramachandraiah, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad

C. Ramachandraiah is Professor in Urban Studies at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad. He is co-editor (with Guus van Westen and Sheela Prasad) of High-Tech Urban Spaces: Asian and European Perspectives (Manohar, New Delhi, 2008).

Professor Thomas Oommen, Sushant School of Art and Architecture

Thomas Oomen is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University, Gurgaon and Visiting Faculty in Urban Design at SPA Delhi. He has dual master’s degrees in architectural design and urban planning with a certificate in sustainable urbanism from the College of Architecture, Texas A&M University.

Dr Shehu Tijjani Yusuf, Bayero University

Shehu Tijjani Yusuf teaches in the Department of History, Bayero University, Kano. He obtained his PhD from Leiden University and his research interests are on socio-economic history and the history of science and technology in Africa, with attention on the history of the railroads in Nigeria in the nineteenth and the twentieth century.

Professor Rosemary Wakeman, Fordham University

Rosemary Wakeman is Professor of History and Director of the Urban Studies Program at Fordham University. She is author of The Heroic City: Paris 1945-1958 (University of Chicago Press, 2009), Modernizing the Provincial City: Toulouse 1945-1975 (Harvard University Press, 1998), and most recently Practicing Utopia: An Intellectual History of the New Town Movement (University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Taylor Sawyer, University of Edinburgh

Taylor Sawyer is an MSc student of Nationalism Studies in the Social and Political Sciences Department at the University of Edinburgh.

Tom Bellfield, University of Cambridge

Tom Bellfield is a PhD student in the Faculties of Education and Architecture at the University of Cambridge whose thesis explores how through different participatory design practices children and adults can together build shared understandings of their educational cultures, the physical environs learning plays out within, as well as the relationships between them.

Dr Kiera Chapman and Professor Malcolm Tait, independent scholar and University of Sheffield

Kiera Chapman is an independent scholar and Malcolm Tait is a Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. Kiera completed a PhD at University College London on culture and politics in the early nineteenth century and Malcolm completed a PhD in Town and Regional Planning at Sheffield, before returning to the university first as Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and more recently as Professor of Planning.