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Dena Qaddumi

Dena Qaddumi

PhD Candidate in Architecture

Darwin College, University of Cambridge

Supervisor: Professor Wendy Pullan


Dena started her PhD in Architecture in October 2016 under the working title: Confronting Conflict in Arab Cities: The Role of Architects and Planners. She is supervised by Prof. Wendy Pullan and is a Gates Cambridge Scholar. 

Dena has worked in architecture, planning and higher education in New York, London, ‫ Palestine and Doha. Prior to starting her PhD, Dena was part of the project team to establish the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, an Arab academic and research institute in the social sciences and humanities. 

In 2011 Dena co-founded a collective platform for exposing, confronting and subverting the dominant structures of spatial power in Israel-Palestine. She is currently a Policy Advisor to Al Shabaka - The Palestinian Policy Network

She holds an MSc in Urban Development Planning from University College London and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.

Research Interests

  • urban citizenship
  • identity politics related to nation, ethnicity and religion
  • social movements and public space
  • performing gender
  • higher education and the role of the university in the city

Key Publications

2017, with A. Ahmadi, “Scaling down planning in Doha towards the neighborhood and its public realm”, QScience Connect, Shaping Qatar’s Sustainable Built Environment 2017:qgbc.2. 

2015, “Embodying Masculinity in a Cairene Neighborhood” [Review of the book Live and Die Like a Man: Gender Dynamics in Urban Egypt by F. Ghannam], Omran, Vol. 11, Winter, 185-186. (in Arabic)

2013, July 3, with A. Barclay et al., “Political Agency for Palestinian Return”, Al-Shabaka

2013, "Advancing the Struggle for Urban Justice to the Assertion of Substantive Citizenship: Challenging Ethnocracy in Tel Aviv-Jaffa",DPU Working Paper No. 150, University College London. 

2013, Feb. 14, with A. Barclay, “On strategies of spatial resistance in Palestine”, Cities in Conflict Series, openDemocracy.

2013, “‘Democratic Transition’, the City and its Citizens” [Review of the book Insurgent Citizenship by J. Holston], Omran, Vol. 3, Winter, 267-274. (in Arabic)

2012, Nov. 25, with A. Barclay, “Reframing Palestinian Return: A New Al-Shabaka Policy Circle”, Al-Shabaka

2011, Sep. 22, with A. Barclay, “Roundtable on Occupation Law: Part of the Conflict or the Solution? Part III”, Jadaliyya