Yahia Shawkat is a housing and urban policy researcher who specializes in legislative analysis,
data visualization, and historical mapping. He is research coordinator for 10 Tooba, a research
studio he cofounded in 2014 that focuses on spatial justice and fair housing. He also edits the
Built Environment Observatory, an open knowledge portal identifying deprivation, scrutinizing
state spending, and advocating equitable urban and housing policies. His work has been
published in Egypte Monde Arabe and Architecture_MPS, and he has contributed to Mada Masr,
Open Democracy, Heinrich Boell, and the Middle East Institute among others.