Dr Gehan Selim


Dr Gehan Selim is a Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Leeds and Fellow of The Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. She holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield and held permanent posts in several international schools of Architecture in the Middle East and the UK. Dr Selim’s architectural practice experience includes designing a wide range of urban housing and educational projects, exhibitions and schools. She has over twenty years of experience in teaching, developing and delivering courses in architecture and urban design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She serves on the reviewing committee and editorial board of several international journals and conferences. Dr Selim is an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy (HE).

Dr Selim's teaching aims to develop sufficient integration between the design studios and architectural representation. She supervises a growing number of Postgraduate Dissertations (MArch and PhD) exploring themes of urban division, contested spaces and new global trends that shape the architectural practice. Gehan is widely committed to providing balanced experiences in learning by promoting variety in teaching approaches, such as peer learning and reflection. She is interested in encouraging students to be critical of their education, build confidence and self-motivation, which should enable Architecture students' full engagement in a healthy teaching and learning environment.

Research interests

Dr Selim’s research impact is internationally recognised for its originality and interdisciplinary methods bridging between Architecture, Urban Politics and Sustainable design bridging between the social (people), the physical (buildings) and the urban (city).  Her current research focuses on the socio-spatial aspects of urban design and research fields in liberation politics, resilient cities and geographies of conflict looking particularly at how memory informs post-conflict societies in their everyday practices.

Dr Selim has recently been awarded two AHRC grants on Virtual Cultural Heritage and Spatial Mapping of Urban Conflict: two EPSRC grants (Low Carbon Materials and Future Cities) and RICS on (Big Data Analytics). She is also the Co-Investigator of an interdisciplinary project ‘Spaces of Liberation’ that investigates the changing socio-spatial practices and dynamics of urban squares in rebellion cities across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  Her research impact continues to inform policy makers and NGOs working with local community groups. This impact appeared in several policy documents through community-led research organisations in the Middle East. 

She has been invited as a guest speaker and Panel Chair at international conferences and public lectures and has a substantial record of quality publications in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes such as ‘Between Order and Modernity: Resurgence Planning in Revolutionary Egypt’ (Journal of Urban History, 2016), ‘The Landscape of Differences: Contact and Segregation in the Everyday Encounters’ (Cities, 2015) and a new book ‘Unfinished Places: The Politics of Urban Remaking’ (Routledge, 2017).

Recent Grants & Awards

AHRC - Arts & Humanities Research Council (PaCCS), Co-Investigator. 'Revolt in the 'Square': Spatial Modelling of Urban Stability: New insights and approaches for preventing conflict and violence': Total value £100.000 (Selim CoI: £50.000)
Project Website: https://www.revoltinthesquare.org

AHRC - Arts & Humanities Research Council, Co-Investigator. 'Belle Epoque Cairo Museum Itineraries’. Total Value: £79,882 (Selim CoI £10.000) 
Project Website: http://becami.com

EPSRC, 'Low Carbon Footprint Precast Concrete Products for an Energy Efficient Built Environment', Co-Investigator. Total Value £910.000 (Selim CoI: £85000) - http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=102721

RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), Co-Investigator. ‘Big Data Analytics: A New Revolution in UK Facilities Management’: £9998. 

EPSRC Global Challenges Workshop, Principal Investigator. Value £29.850 (completed, Febrauary 2017).

British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), Principal Investigator. 'Spatial Narratives of Revolt: Public Performance During Anti-Nuclear Protests in Tokyo’: £2000. (Completed Oct 2015).

Japan Foundation London, Principal Investigator. ‘Democracy spatial practices in public spaces’, Travel Fund: £500 (Completed Oct 2013)



  • Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture (University of Sheffield)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PCHE) (University of Sheffield)
  • MSc in Architecture
  • BSc Architectural Engineering

Professional memberships

  • Fellow: The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security & Justice
  • Member: The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Associate: HE Academy, Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Architect: EES, Egyptian Engineers Syndicate
  • Chartered Architect: ESA, Egyptian Society of Architects
  • Member: The Memory Studies Association
  • Member: AHRA (Architectural Humanities Research Association)

Student education

CIVE1160 Architecture and Environment  - Co-teaching

CIVE1665 Integrated Design Project 1 (inc Design Studio 1)  - Co-teaching

CIVE2860 Design Studio 2 - Module leader

CIVE5265M  Architectural History and Theory 4  - Thesis supervision 

CIVE5170 International Construction Management & Engineering Project Management Dissertation 


Professional  (Review & Editorial)

Academic peer reviewer: UK India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI), 2018.

Member of Scrutiny Panel, AHRC, Northern Bridge Doctoral Training, UK, 2016 - 18.

Editorial Board, International Journal on Civil Engineering & Urban Planning, 2014 – present.

Editorial Board, Athens Journal of Architecture, 2016 – present.

Member of Advisory Board, The International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE 2018), 2018.

Reviewer, Journal of Public Spaces, 2018 – present.

Reviewer, Journal of Architecture, City & Environment, 2017  - present.

Reviewer, Journal of Human Rights Analysis, 2016 – present

Reviewer, Cities, 2015 – present.

Reviewer, Children Geographies, 2015. 

Reviewer, Geoforum, 2016. 


Current PhD supervision:

Reem AlBarakat: 'The political influence of the cyber experience on sustaining the individual's efficiency within physical public spaces', start date 2016. 



Research groups and institutes

  • Cities and Infrastructure
  • Energy and Sustainable Buildings
  • Materials and Structures
  • Water, Public Health and Environmental Engineering

Postgraduate research opportunities

We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study.

Projects currently available: