Mona Fawaz is a professor at the Department of Architecture and Design, Masters in Urban Planning and Policy and Masters in Urban Design Programs.
Mona’s scholarly interests stem from the imperative of making cities more inclusive, particularly from the perspective of enabling low-income dwellers to take part in shaping their cities. Her work spans across urban history and historiography, social and spatial justice, informality and the law, property and space, forced population displacements, as well as planning practice, theory and pedagogy. She is the author of over 40 scholarly articles, book sections, and reports in Arabic, French and English and has edited several collections of essays on these issues. She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University in 2014/15. She is also a research fellow at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies.
Aside from these scholarly interest, Mona has been tightly involved in Beirut’s ongoing transformations by publishing in the local press and speaking in numerous local venues where she has advocated for upgrading informal settlements, protecting the urban commons, improving urban livability, adopting more inclusive planning standards, and more generally, defending the right to the city for the urban majorities.
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Urban planning and policy
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