Alumni 2019


Natasha Cabrera Jara is an architect, with Master in Housing Laboratory, Master in Territorial Planning, candidate for a Doctorate’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Studies by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Professor and researcher at the School of Design, Architecture, and Art of the Universidad del Azuay in Cuenca-Ecuador.

Natasha contributed to the technical area of municipal entities by designing social interest housing and public spaces; she also participated in research about densification, government housing, occupation of urban-rural edges and sustainable mobility within the research group LlactaLAB-Ciudades Sustentables at Universidad de Cuenca. She has published her findings in various journals and books. Currently, she is studying the material and immaterial transformations derived from tourism in Ecuadorian heritage areas.

Alix Chaplain is PhD candidate in sociology and urban studies at the Center for International Studies within Sciences Po Paris. A graduate of urban planning and political science, she is specialized in environmental policy. Alix Chaplain has carried out research on the design of strategies for the adaptation of coastal areas to climate change in a cabinet of consultants of geography. She has started a doctoral thesis in October 2018, within the framework of the Hybridelec project as part of an interdisciplinary social sciences team, working on energy transition in cities of the Global South. Under the supervision of Eric Verdeil, her PhD focuses on emerging forms of energy transition as well as the hybridization of electric urban infrastructure systems in Lebanon. Using the concept of hybridization through the prism of a socio-technical approach, the PhD thesis intends to investigate the technical and political articulation between the conventional centralized network, the informal electricity sector, and other emerging electric alternatives in a context of persisting shortages of supply. One of the hypotheses of this doctoral research work speculates that hybrid systems are very diverse and are deeply influenced by the local context (physical urban morphology, local economy, social practices).

Riccardo Demurtas is a current master’s student. Originally from Sardinia, Italy, he moved to Glasgow to pursue his undergraduate studies and did a year exchange at the University of Hong Kong. During his time at University, Riccardo represented students in the Adam Smith Business School supporting academic and social changes in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He was involved in a number of initiatives such as Language4Water and the University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Bangkok.  In 2014, he obtained his MA in Economics and Management from the University of Glasgow, graduating with Honours of the First Class. He was awarded the Adam Smith Scholar Award of Excellence 2018 and won the prize for Best Management Dissertation of the Year. He is in his second year of his Erasmus Mundus IntM in Global Markets, Local Creativities (Pathway: Development) at the University of Glasgow, Universitat de Barcelona, and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. He has completed work placements at the Pla Estratégic Metropolitá de Barcelona and at Network Rail Scotland. Through his academic and work experience he has developed interests in public policy, social and environmental sustainability, and urban development.

Francesca Ferlicca is a PhD fellow in Regional Planning and Public Policy at the University of Venice. Her research interest lies in housing policies for the informal city, especially in the Latin American context.  She is an urban planner graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Department of Urban Studies of University of Roma Tre, with a thesis regarding the role of Universities in urban and local development, with a specific focus on the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area. She worked as an urban planner in Argentina, in the public sector at the Ministry of Environment and Public Space (Government of Buenos Aires City), in a think tank for policy making, Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC) and as a consultant for the masterplan of the Municipality of Hurlingham (Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area). She was assistant professor at the Urban Planning Chair of Professor Alfredo Garay (Faculty of Architecture of the University of Buenos Aires). Recently she organized an international urban planning workshop in Buenos Aires for the Sciences Po Urban School.

Hafsa Idrees is an experienced entrepreneur and a researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the field of anthropology and urban studies. After doing masters (in anthropology) from Pakistan, she did masters in development studies and is now currently doing PhD from the University of Passau, Germany, in urban sociology with a focus on South East Asia and South Asia. Having co-founded the only self publishing house in Pakistan in 2013, she has also been working closely with the local writers especially from ethnic and religious minorities. Hafsa also has the honor of receiving Chancellor Medal for her M.phil degree in anthropology from Quaid-i-Azam University, which is the highest academic accolade any student can receive in Pakistan.

Malaika Yanou obtained a MA in International Relations at University of Bologna, and an MSc in Food Security and Development at University of Reading, conducting fieldworks in Turkey and Brazil with local communities. For almost two years Malaika Yanou have been working as research consultant at CIFOR, based in Indonesia. Since March 2019, she have started her PhD at the University of Amsterdam in partnership with CIFOR. Her research focuses on co-productive knowledge and the role of local knowledge in the implementation of integrated landscape approach in Zambia.

Juliette Marin is a civil engineer from the École des Ponts-ParisTech (France), holds a MSc. in civil engineering from The University of Tokyo (Japan) and is specialized in earthquake engineering and disaster risk reduction. She is currently on her second year in the Doctoral program of Territory, Space and Society of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Chile, under the supervision of Enrique Aliste. Her doctoral research proposes a reinterpretation of territorial concepts such as resilience and adaptation, considering the influence of the positions of scientists in the global North and the global South for the construction, transfer and promotion of epistemological and conceptual models, with the aim of building a situated framework of resilience for South American contexts. Juliette has participated in applied research on structural dynamics, heritage and disaster risk, risk institutionality and scientific-technological transfer projects towards the Chilean public sector from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Sofia Moriconi is an architect and currently a PhD student at the University Federico II of Naples and visiting PhD student at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Her research investigates how camps and humanitarian dynamics affect urban world conception, particularly focusing on the Italian Refugee Policy and on the city of Castel Volturno. She is part of the Italian Red Cross since 2003, Peace Education Facilitator and she has extensive experience in migration and humanitarian contexts. She has been coordinating intercultural national educational projects for IRC from 2016 to 2019 and she contributed to design some live-action-role-plays regarding forced migration.

Marilena Prisco is an architect and currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy). She was previously a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture (urban planning area) in the same institution and in her final dissertation (2017) she applied the method of assemblage to investigate how to expand the frame of environmental justice to socio-material systems of water and sewer infrastructures in both a global and a local perspective. As undergraduate student in architecture she did fieldwork in Istanbul (2009) where she explored the creation of public spaces in relation to neocapitalist dynamics and in Mumbai (2011) where she explored the concepts of vulnerability and resilience in formal and informal flood risk settlements.  In 2013 she joined a national environmental group and since then she has contributed as an activist in experimental research-action projects in her home district.

Sukanya Bhaumik  is a PhD student (Development Studies) at ISEC (Institute for Social and Economic Change) at Bengaluru, India. Her research thesis is titled ‘Fiscal gaps in Cities: Case of Select ULBs in India’. She has a Masters in Urban Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad India. Her research interests are in urban service delivery, municipal finances and role of civil society in improving governance structures in developing countries. Through hr PhD research she intend to understand the causes of the fiscal gaps  in two of India’s mega cities: Mumbai and Bengaluru. As a young development professional, she wants to contribute to the development of her country through evidence-based research and advocacy, her PhD research is the most important milestone in this direction.

Tracy Commodore obtained a Bachelor degree in Geography with Economics in 2015 and a Masters degree in Geography and Resource Development in 2018 both from the University of Ghana, Legon. During her M.Phil. programme, she had the opportunity to learn how livelihoods have been enhanced through environmental protection in different case studies. Her research interests are in the areas of urbanization, gender and development. She has worked several terms as a field assistant in research and currently a graduate assistant at the Centre for Gender Studies and advocacy (CEGENSA). Miss Commodore is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER).

Yogesh R. Deshmukh is a Second-year Ph.D. Research Scholar at the Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune with interdisciplinary research interests in Earthquake Engineering and Damage detection in various types of structures. His research focuses particularly on Damage detection and assessment of structures using Artificial Neural Networks. He grew up in Osmanabad, India, before moving to Baramati to receive his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Vidya Pratishthan’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute of Engineering and Technology formerly known as VPCOE. He has completed his Master’s in Civil – Structural Engineering in 2015 at the same institute which is affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University. He is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at ABMSP’s Anantrao Pawar College of Engineering & Research, Parvati, Pune since June 2014. He enjoys Travelling and listening to Sufi Indian Music.