Feras Hammami is a researcher in Critical Heritage Studies, University of Gothenburg. He holds a PhD in Planning and Decision from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. His research concerns cultural heritage and urban planning, with a specific interest in the politics of identity, security, conflict and resistance. He is the author of Heritage in Authority Making in Sweden, Palestine and Botswana, Conservation under Occupation, and Culture and Planning for Change and Continuity in Botswana.
Nadia Caruso is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Politecnico di Torino, in the Inter-University Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning. Her academic background is spatial planning and her research focuses on the evolution of the planning field; housing policies and social housing; territorial governance and planning education. In the last years she took part in the ESPON TANGO research and she is nowadays working in an Italian research project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. She is a member of the Coordination Team of AESOP Young Academics since 2013.
Ender is currently working as a doctoral researcher at the School of Real Estate and Planning in University of Reading, UK. Following a bachelor's degree in urban planning, he specialized in urban design by gaining a Master's degree from Middle East Technical University. With a socio-technical approach, his primary research is focused on the role of design in the formation of climate responsive built environments. Closely related, area of his research also considers integration of socio-ecological values in production of climate responsive urban spaces.
Previously, Ender worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Department of City and Regional Planning in Middle East Technical University in Turkey. His teaching experiences cut across with the following themes: (i) basic design principles, (ii) planning & urban design and (iii) urban research techniques. He also worked as urban design leader in a private construction and engineering company before entering in academia. He was responsible for management of campus master plans, including coordinating stakeholders. He has also worked collaboratively with governmental bodies in conducting participatory planning processes and has authored various planning consultancy reports.
Ender holds positions in coordination teams of Young Academics Network of Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and Urban and Regional Research Network (URRN). He is centrally involved in the organization of AESOP YA and URRN activities such as national and international urban-themed conferences, PhD workshops and other academic events.
Simone Tulumello is a Post-doc Research Fellow at the University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences, and holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Palermo. Since October 2013 he is elected member of the Coordination Team of the AESOP Young Academics network. His research interests lies at the border between planning research and critical urban studies: critical analysis of urban security in spatial planning; planning theory and planning cultures; conflict and power in planning; neoliberal urban trends and insurgent practices; Southern European cities and the crisis of Europe. He has published in Space and Culture, Archivio di Studi Urbani e Regionali, Italian Journal of Planning Practice, StrumentiRES.
Lauren Ugur is a development planner and management professional. She holds a PhD in Urban Sociology and a M.Sc. degree in International Cooperation and Urban Development both from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, as well as a first-class Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of South Australia.
With the pursuit of on-going research in planning and tourism Lauren draws on her diverse background, focusing her research interests on the environmental, social and institutional complexity that determines how organisations, public and private, are able to deliver integrated planning interventions to address contemporary urban issues. Professionally, Lauren currently holds a Junior Professorship at Frankfurt's International School of Management.
Prior to this appointment Lauren worked as the Consortium Manager for the Mundus Urbano programme "International Cooperation and Urban Development" (2009-2014). Lauren is also the current elected Chair of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Young Academics Network.
Karel is currently working as a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the Ghent University, Belgium. Karel holds two M.Sc. degrees, one in Geography (2012 - Ghent University, Faculty of Sciences) and one in Spatial Planning and Urbanism (2013 - Ghent University, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture). Following his master studies, Karel started his PhD research in 2014, focusing on the topic of port cities. The goal is to gain insight in how port city regions are socio-economic connected in various ways. Three case studies are conducted (Ghent - Amsterdam - Antwerp). For the second case study, Karel moved to the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Schools of Economics holding a position as visiting researcher (FWO international mobility grant). Karel has published among others in Water International, Ruimte & Maatschappij, Ruimte, Town Planning Review and has a book chapter in Routledge Special issues on Water policy and governance.
Karel is an elected member of the Coordination Team (CT) of AESOP Young Academics since 2015. He became chair of the CT in 2016 and is hereby board member of the Executive Committee (ExCo) of AESOP.
Chandrima’s second postgraduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning is from Florida State University, USA. She completed her PhD from School of Architecture Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, UK with a competitive PhD studentship in Spatial Planning and Environment. On her completion of PhD, she has worked as an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Planning, CEPT University, India for one and half years. Her research and teaching areas include private sector participation in infrastructure planning and urban development, urban governance and politics, urban water system, ecological sanitation, and megaregions. She is interested in the area of financing urban development, climate change, resiliency and urban metabolism. She is currently a visiting faculty at CEPT University, Summer Winter School. She is a founding editorial member of Conversations in Planning Theory and Practice booklet series, and editor of Series B on Planning Theory.
CMafalda 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.