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Nadi Abusaada

Nadi Abusaada

PhD Candidate in Architecture

Churchill College, University of Cambridge

Supervisor: Professor Wendy Pullan


Nadi Abusaada is a PhD Candidate in Architecture, and a Cambridge Trust Scholar, at the Centre for Urban Conflicts Research in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge.

His current research focuses on the transformation of Palestinian cities, in relation to the cities of the Eastern Mediterranean, through the advent of modern urban planning and transforming state-city relations under late Ottoman and British Mandate rules (late 19th and early 20th centuries).

Nadi holds an M.Phil. (Distinction) in Architecture and Urban Studies from the University of Cambridge, and an Honours B.A. (High Distinction) in Architecture from the University of Toronto in Canada.


  • 2020 Dual PhD Fellowship: The Palestinian American Research Centre in partnership with The Palestinian Museum
  • 2019 Ibrahim Dakkak Award for Outstanding Essay on Jerusalem, Institute for Palestine Studies, Beirut
  • 2017-2021 Yuval-Gulbenkian Cambridge International Scholarship, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 2016-17 Cambridge Palestine Graduate Studentship, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 2016-17 Cambridge Trust Graduate Scholarship, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 2016 Excellence Award in Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2015 Excellence Award in Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Toronto, Canada

Key Publications

Academic Papers

Abusaada, Nadi. Urban Encounters: Imaging the City in Mandate Palestine. In: S. Zananiri and K. Sanchez, ed., Imaging and Imagining’: Photography and Social History in British Mandate Palestine 1918-1948. (forthcoming with Brill 2020).

Abusaada, Nadi. "Combined Action: Aerial Imagery and the Urban Landscape in Interwar Palestine, 1918–40." Palestine From Above [Special issue]. Jerusalem Quarterly, no. 81 (2020): 20-36. ISSN 2521-974X.

Abusaada, Nadi. "Self-Portrait of a Nation: The Arab Exhibition in Mandate Jerusalem, 1931-34." Jerusalem Quarterly, no. 77 (2019): 122-35. ISSN 2521-974X.

Short Papers

Abusaada, N., 2020. Aerial Frontiers: The Colonial Gaze Over Palestine. Kings Review, (6), pp.38-41.

Abusaada, N., 2020. “Off The Record”: Palestine At The 1944 Arab League Preparatory Conference. [online] Institute for Palestine Studies. Available at: <>

Abusaada, N., 2020. The Palace Hotel in Jerusalem: History Beyond Memory. [online] Institute for Palestine Studies. Available at: <>