Deen Sharp and Noura Wahby
The Middle East Urban Studies (MEUS) book series explores new research from a progressive and critical lens on the wide-ranging implications of urban transformation in the Middle East. This book series recognizes the urban question at the center of economic, political, and social life regionally, and is open to a wide range of methodologies and disciplines, including geography, anthropology, political economy, sociology, and urban political ecology. MEUS engages with the intensifying processes of urbanization across the region, from large-scale infrastructure projects to the construction and destruction of new cities and urban regions. It is committed to presenting innovative analytical approaches and nonlinear narratives and to examine the challenges produced by Middle East urbanizations for the region’s inhabitants, policymakers, planners, and academics.
Deen Sharp is the co-director of Terreform, Center for Advanced Urban Research, and a postdoctoral fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science in Geography and the Environment. He was formally a fellow at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the co-editor of Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings (Urban Research, 2016) and Open Gaza (Urban Research, 2020). Previously, he was a freelance journalist and consultant based in Lebanon. He has written for a number of publications, including, Jadaliyya, Portal 9, MERIP, Arab Studies Journal and the Guardian. He has worked for several UN agencies, including UNDP and UN-Habitat, governments and international NGOs.
Noura Wahby is an assistant professor at the Public Policy and Administration Department of the American University in Cairo. Previously she was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research at Cambridge’s Centre of Development Studies focused on the political economy of urban development and urban waterscapes in Cairo, Egypt. While working with the Cambridge Centre of Smart Infrastructure, her research focused on citizen engagement, digital technologies, and local infrastructure in the UK. She has also worked in the Middle East as an international development consultant and her research interests include the urban commons, informality, water, and political geography.
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