Feras Hammami is associate professor of Conservation based at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He holds a PhD in Planning and Decision, with a specialization in urban and regional studies from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. His research concerns the politicisation of cultural heritage, with a specific interest in the politics of identity, security, resistance, and peacebuilding. He worked with heritage and planning in relation to sites located in, among others, Sweden, Palestine and Botswana.
Nadia Caruso is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Torino, at the Interniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST). As a planner, she worked in the development and study of urban policies and regional planning, and in some European projects. Her research focuses on housing policies and social housing; urban regeneration, inequalities and social polarization; and planning education. She teaches these topics in the Bachelor course of spatial planning at Politecnico di Torino. In the last years she took part in several research activities and she coordinated a project about temporary urbanism and urban developments in Europe. She was amember of the Coordination Team of AESOP Young Academics from 2013 to 2016, being the Chair during 2015-2016.
Ender Peker is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the British Institute at Ankara. He specializes in climate responsive urbanism, with a particular focus on the ways in which the built environment is co-designed by technical rules, regulations, and actors. He holds a PhD in Planning from the University of Reading, UK, and a MSc degree in Urban Design from Middle East Technical University. He worked as an urban designer, lecturer, researcher and consultant for private and public institutions, and non-governmental organizations in Turkey, Germany and the UK. He was involved as a visiting scholar at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, the Joint Centre for Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University and the Department of Planning and Landscape at the University of Manchester in the UK. His research interests cut across the following themes: (i) urban design and the built environment, (ii) climate responsive design and architecture, and (iii) participatory planning and governance.
Karel Van den Berghe is an Assistant professor in Spatial Planning and Urban Development at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, at the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. Karel holds a BSc. Geography (2010), MSc. Geography (2012), MSc. Spatial Planning and Urbanism (2013) and a PhD in Urbanism and Spatial Planning (09/2018). In his work, Karel focusses on the (spatial) circular economy, strategic scenario planning, polycentric economic systems, the planning of port-cities, planning instruments, the housing market, and the Dutch-Belgian cooperation.
Chandrima Mukhopadhyay has a PhD from School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, UK. She has been working for AESOP-YA network since 2011. She has taught at the Faculty of Planning, CEPT University, India in the past. She was a visiting scholar for MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program during 2017-18. She is currently working as a Senior Research Associate at School of Arts and Science, Ahmedabad University, India for the OPTIMISM project.
Mafalda Madureira is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente, in the Netherlands. She received her PhD in Urban Planning in 2014, from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, in collaboration with the Center for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), at Lund University, in Sweden. She holds a bachelor in Geography from the University of Porto, in Portugal, and a master in European Spatial Planning and Regional Development, from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, in Sweden. Her main research interests currently lie in mapping urban fragmentation and urban inequalities, especially policy formulation that is targeted towards addressing these urban challenges or that enhances them. Mafalda’s PhD thesis focused on urban planning practices associated with an entrepreneurial approach to urban policy and governance, from a local government perspective.
Batoul Ibrahim is a Ph.D. candidate at the Czech University of Life Sciences (CZU) Prague. She holds a degree in civil engineering from Damascus University. Her Ph.D. research is about planning in the post-conflict phase in Syria. It focuses on investigating the adequate spatial planning approach for the reconstruction era and concentrates mainly on the resettlement process, polycentric development, and planning policies. Between 2018 and 2020, Batoul was an elected member of the Coordination Team of AESOP Young Academic Network
Pinar Dörder is an architect and urban planner with diverse work experience in architecture and planning. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Technical University of Darmstadt and holds a doctoral scholarship awarded by the German Academic Merit Foundation. Her research interests are the drivers and consequences of urban change in general and how urban change is governed in particular. Her doctoral research focuses on the land-use dynamics in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region and is concerned with how settlement growth impacts urban green spaces. Pinar is the elected Chair of the AESOP Young Academics Network for the 2020-2021 period.
Ledio Allkja is a researcher in spatial planning at Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development, within POLIS University in Tirana, Albania. He holds a PhD from the Vienna University of Technology focusing on Europeanization of Spatial Planning Systems. His prior studies include a MSc from Radboud University Nijmegen on European Spatial and Environmental Planning and BA from UWE-Bristol in Property Development and Planning. His research work focuses on spatial planning system in Western Balkans, financial instruments of land development and more recently on disaster risk reduction. Ledio is the elected Chair of AESOP Young Academics Network Coordination Team for the period 2021-2022.