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Azadeh Sobout PhD Student

Research Institute
Transitional Justice Institute
Room 21D63
Dalriada House
Ulster University
Co. Antrim
BT37 0QB

Title of Project: Planning for Peace: Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding in Refugee Settlements in the Middle East

Start date: 2013

Azadeh completed her BSc in Social Planning in Iran and MSc in Urban Development Planning at University College, London. Since 2005, she has been involved with training, advocacy and implementation of social development projects, ranging from post-earthquake planning in Bam to educational, empowerment and welfare projects for Afghan refugee communities in Tehran, rehabilitation programs for Pavement Dwellers in Mumbai, and post-flood recovery projects in Pakistan. Her experience in the social and community aspects of UNHCR Iran's protection work for refugees in urban areas during 2011-2013 led her to want to explore the complex dimensions of peace and conflict, refugees, and transitional justice, as a matter of urgent concern within contemporary urban governance practices in the Middle East. Building on ideas about the role of post-conflict urban planning, my current research focuses on the interplay between collaborative planning and urban governance in the causation of war and peace; reflecting on the role of refugee grassroots initiatives in promoting inclusive urban policies, the dynamism of grassroots communities, their potential for promoting refugee's rights to the city, and the bearing this might have on transitional justice in this context.