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My work focusses on inclusive and just urbanism and its impact on health and wellbeing. This is with focus on identity; how this is expressed, impacted and impacting individuals and groups inclusion in the planning and delivery of public spaces, services and societal practices. I am particularly interested in the experiences of marginalised and under-represented social groups in relation to gender, sexuality, age, ethnicity and socio-economic background and how these are manifested within the wider institutional structures of exclusion and discrimination. This significantly impacts the creation of healthier living environments compassed in accessible public spaces, safe neighbourhoods, and adequate social services. Such conditions contribute to improved physical and mental health outcomes, directly addressing SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being). It further leads to reduced inequalities (SDG 10) and improved gender equality (SDG 5) by ensuring that vulnerable populations have access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunities. This is closely tied to SDG 11 of making cities and communities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. I am particularly interested in participatory approaches and narrative research methods, aiming at an in-depth exploration of the meanings people assign to their experiences to generate immediate and long-term impact on policy, society, culture and the environment.
 

I have experience in investigating public participation and the institutional spaces of the engagement of marginalised social groups in public societal practices. I am particularly interested in intersectionality, identity and inclusive public spaces in both their physical and digital forms. I am passionate about promoting a fair and equitable public realm and a people-focused space design. In 2021-22, I led a participatory research project commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation and funded by Glasgow City Council that investigates refugee and asylum seeker communities’ engagement in civic forums with focus on the relationship between social inclusion and mental health and wellbeing. The project website is https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/programmes/refugees/voices-and-visibility

 

Additionally, I was awarded a grant via the British Academy Early Career Researcher Network Scotland Hub (hereafter BA ECRN Scotland) Seed Fund competition. The project was titled Health and Place: Developing a Co-Created Research Design for Inclusive and Sustainable Blue/Green Spaces and worked in collaboration with the University of West Scotland. More details on the project are available on https://healthandplace8.wordpress.com/. I also engaged as a Co-I in PRIME research funded by the UKRI that investigates protecting minority ethnic communities from online harms led by Heriot-Watt University. The project website is https://www.primecommunities.online/.

 
Currently, I am leading a research project funded by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHS GGC) Specialist Learning Disability (SLDS) Services, The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities, Horizon Housing Association and Key Housing Association. This is to investigate reasons behind the housing challenges for people with complex needs - defined as people with behaviour perceived as challenging. 
 

Other research interests:

. Identity and inclusion in public spaces in both their physical and digital forms and the impact of this on mental health and wellbeing.

. Refugee and asylum seeker communities, and black and minority ethnic communities’ engagement in civic forums and societal practices with focus on the relation between social inclusion and mental health and wellbeing.

· Immigration laws and social justice in Scotland to promote health and wellbeing, with focus on vulnerable, and protected groups.

· Planning governance and institutional development, with focus on urban development decision-making process in terms of who and how these decisions are made within a specific political, economic, and social context.

· International development policies and their impact on the processes of urban development in the countries of the Global South, with focus on community empowerment.

· Informal networks of urban development and community structures in rapidly urbanised contexts in the Global South.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Keywords

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Urban Governance
  • Public Participation
  • Social Justice
  • Social Equality
  • Community Empowerment
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Social Inclusion

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    Hasan, Sacha (Recipient), 12 May 2023

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