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Elahe Karimnia

Unit 1 Co-Lead, MA Cities
Central Saint Martins
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Elahe  Karimnia


I am an Associate, leading on Urban Research and Spatial Practice at Theatrum Mundi, a research centre that links architecture, urbanism, and the arts to expand on the ways public lives are understood and designed in cities. As part of Theatrum Mundi’s partnership with CSM, I co-lead MA Cities’ Unit 1.

I have previously worked as a research assistant at KTH School of Architecture and Built Environment, Stockholm, where I worked as a teacher, lecturer, and critic in different courses. In 2015, I was a visiting scholar for five months at the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto. I taught both studios and seminar classes in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design as well as Urbanism Studies postgraduate programmes, at KTH School of Architecture and Built Environment.

I hold a PhD in Planning and Decision Analysis from KTH focussing on ‘Producing Publicness’, a dialectical approach to unintended consequences in urban design processes, at the department of Urban and Regional Studies. I also hold a MSc in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design from KTH, Sweden, and a MA in Architecture and Urbanism from AU, Iran.

I specialise in research, writing, and editorial work and publish my work internationally (Routledge, Sustainability, MONU, losquaderno56, my liveable city, etc.) on design processes, social sustainability, infrastructure, critical urban theories, interdisciplinary methods, urban transformation and temporary practices. I am a Member of the Expert Review Panel at Formas, the Swedish research-funding agency for sustainable development. I am also an affiliate of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).