KHAEF Samaneh

By having social personality and concern about society, I chose urban planning as multidisciplinary major which give me chance to interact with people. But in Bachelor period, courses were mainly dominant by physical aspects and theoretical roots of planning.  However, living in a city with serious socioeconomic issues always provoked questions and concerns in my mind. 

So to meet my concern, as distinguished student, I participated in master program at University of Tehran (2009-2011). In all master courses as housing planning, physical development, Urban Planning Methods, planning studio, modelling in urban studies, infrastructure planning, we were involved with different planning approaches, aspects of planning processes and planning for a city or neighborhood as general.

So to apply learnings in real context, I enrolled in different research as well as professional projects in a totally multidisciplinary team and speaking to my experiences and interest in planning, I worked on quality of life across a very deteriorated context in Tehran metropolitan. I strongly believed in the fact that “Poverty is the worst form of violence” (Mahatma Gandhi). That’s why I, as a woman and planner at the same time, decided to focus on inequality and associated aspects.

Being awarded Erasmus Mundus scholarship (2011-2013), gave me the chance to be familiar with international experiences in planning, both from developing as well as European countries. I enrolled in second master of planning at university of Twente, a pioneer university in application of practical methods in planning. During this time, we had courses regarding social services, analysis and monitoring urban dynamic, urban modeling and planning supporting system, analysis of intra urban socio spatial pattern and etc. which basically have been analyzed with GIS packages.

Speaking to my interest in socioeconomic aspects, I choose my second master thesis regarding perception of quality of life from gendered lens across different spatial context across city of Birmingham by totally qualitative methods in order to examine interplay among quality of life, gendered perspective and context.

With regard to my participation in different academic and professional experiences, I have broad fields of activities, which in most cases as a chain are connected to each other, as listed below:
quality of life and welfare, informal labor market, corruption in urban planning and spatial development, public participation and conflicts, gendered sustainable mobility, sustainable communities through the process of collaborative planning and participation, reflecting geography of urban experiences, volunteer geographic information.