Dr Gehan Selim
- Position: Associate Professor in Architecture & Urbanism
- Areas of expertise: architecture and memory, post-conflict urbanism; urban politics; Digital & Virtual Heritage; sustainable design
- Email: G.Selim@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 3082
- Location: 4.27 Civil Engineering
- Website: ORCID | Twitter | LinkedIn | GoogleScholar | ResearchGate
Dr Gehan Selim is Associate Professor in Architecture & Urbanism 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 a variety of 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.
- Director of Postgraduate Studies (Progression)
- Co-Deputy Leader: 'Cities & Infrastructure' Research group
- Member of the Research and Innovation Committee
Dr Selim’s research impact is internationally recognised for its originality and interdisciplinary methods bridging between people, buildings and the 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 recieved two AHRC awards on Virtual Preservation of Cultural Heritage in 2019. She was also the Co-I of the interdisciplinary AHRC/PaCCS award 'Revolt in the Sqaure' invistagting 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. She is the book author of ‘Unfinished Places: The Politics of Urban Remaking (Routledge, 2017), and co-author of 'Architecture, Space and Memory of Resurrection in Northern Ireland Shareness in a Divided Nation (Routledge, 2019)
Recent Grants & Awards
AHRC - Arts & Humanities Research Council (GCRF), Principal Investigator. 'The Living Museum of Umm Qais: Sustainable preservation, analysis and virtual reconstruction of Gadara's ancient site and village'. Total value £250.000 (Start date: Feb 2019, 24 months) https://bit.ly/2UHdf9p
AHRC - Arts & Humanities Research Council (GCRF), Co-Investigator. 'LABYRINTH: Conservation, Analysis and Virtual Reconstruction of Archaeological Site of Hawara Pyramid and Labyrinth'. Total value £330K.(Start date: November 2018, 36 months) https://bit.ly/2T1vIgn
AHRC - Arts & Humanities Research Council (GCRF), Co-Investigator. 'Our Past, Our Future, All Together in Faynan' (Start date: Feb 2019, 24 months) https://bit.ly/2EHyGCp
AHRC - Arts & Humanities Research Council (PaCCS / GCRF), Co-Investigator. 'Revolt in the 'Square': Spatial Modelling of Urban Stability: New insights and approaches for preventing conflict and violence': Total value £100.000. (18 months, completed 2018)
Website: RIS & GtR, PaCCS
AHRC - Arts & Humanities Research Council (GCRF), Co-Investigator. 'Belle Epoque Cairo Museum Itineraries’. Total Value: £79,882 (completed, 2017)
EPSRC/Newton Fund, '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 (completed, 2017)
EPSRC Global Challenges Workshop, Principal Investigator. Value £29.850 (completed, 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
- 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)
Professional (Review & Editorial)
UKIERI Academic peer reviewer: UK India Education & Research Initiative , 2018.
Arts & Humanities Research Council AHRC: Member of Scrutiny Panel, 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 Sessions, The International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE 2018), 2018.
Reviewer, Cities; Journal of Architecture, City & Environment; Journal of Public Spaces; Journal of Human Rights Analysis; Children Geographies; 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.
Khairi Abdulla: Analysis of Barriers and Success Factors Affecting the Use of Walkability in Public Open spaces Tripoli, Libya, start date 2016
Meng Li: Cultural Heritage Protection: Innovative tools and methods, start date 2018.
Research groups and institutes
- Materials and Structures
- Cities and Infrastructure
- Energy and Sustainable Buildings
- 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:
- Cultural Heritage Protection: Innovative tools and methods
- ‘Hyper-diversity’ Places: Negotiating the urban geographies of communities in contemporary cities