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Research interests

· Refugee and asylum seeker (RAS) communities, and black and minority ethnic (BAME) 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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • 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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