Personal profile


I am an Architect and Urban researcher with passion about Development of the Built and Natural Environment. I joined the University of Manchester as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at NERC Digital Solution Programme in 2022, where I am contributing to a user-centric approach that aims to bring natural environment data in the UK (and other social, economic and health data) to users’ doorstep. My research has been focused on mapping vulnerability and resilience of communities to climate and socio-economic pressures in cities. This includes research on geospatial mapping of social capital networks, climate change vulnerability mapping in cities and development of nature-based solutions (NbS) for climate resilience in cities. My PhD in Built Environment was centred on mapping social capital networks of climate vulnerable grassroot economies in Egypt.

Prior to joining University of Manchester, I worked on €4.6M ERDF-funded IGNITION Project (led by GMCA and 12 leading partners in the UK), delivering an award-winning IGNITION NbS Living Lab at the University of Salford. My PhD research on Social Capital Networks was also developed into £200 AHRC-funded CRAFT project tackling the resilience of SMSEs industrial networks in Damietta, Egypt. Other research I worked on includes the urban regeneration of Manchester Ship Canal, climate emergency planning for Rasheed, Egypt, and ESRC Manchester Festival of Research.

I previously worked as an Assistant Lecturer, teaching Architecture and Urban Studies in various institutions including Cairo University, American University in Cairo (AUC) and AAST in Cairo. I took on roles as Graduation Project Coordinator, Workshop/Conference Organiser (in Egypt, Lebanon and Germany) and Lead Rapporteur at the UN-Habitat’s EUF 2015 (Egypt Urban Forum); in addition to volunteering on several development projects with the British Council in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Higher Education Academy (HEA) - Associate Fellow – 2020

Royal Geographic Society UK - Postgraduate Fellow at – 2019

CIB International Network - President of CIB Student Chapter at Salford University (2019-2022)

Member of Egyptian Engineers Syndicate

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Investigating Geospatial Social Capital Networks for Industry-based Grassroot Economies: The Case of Damietta, Egypt , The University of Salford


Award Date: 31 Mar 2022

Master of Science, An Analytical Study For Approaching Historic and Cultural Landscapes In Egypt , Cairo University

Award Date: 20 Jan 2015

Areas of expertise

  • G Geography (General)
  • spatial planning
  • Spatial Policy
  • GIS
  • Urban Environments
  • urban development
  • climate change adaptation
  • Nature-Society relations
  • green infrastructure
  • nature-based solutions
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Urban Economics
  • SMEs


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