Urmi Sengupta

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      Urmi is a Lecturer in School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE) at QUB.  She has an interdisciplinary background and scholarship in architecture, planning and housing studies, combining  qualitative, quantitative and ethnographic methodologies. Her research focuses on urban development, poverty and inequality, contestations over access to land and housing in cities of global south. In particular, she is interested in how citizens articulate their rights to the city and the prospects for its implementation. Her recent research includes design and politics of public space and related spatial and social consequences, user perceptions of built environments in post-disaster contexts, aesthetics, equity and social justice in cities and designing for walkable communities. Her project on public space in post-conflict Kathmandu, funded by British Academy and Leverhulme Trust, explores the cultural, political and social processes in which the spatial organization and transformation of public space is mediated. In 2015 she was awarded Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Research Award for her project titled ‘Language of Disaster: Exploring the altered Architectural fabric of Durbar Square Kathmandu’. She has published in a wide range of journals  including Environment and Planning C, Urban Studies, Cities and  International Development Planning Review. She sits on the International Advisory Board of the International Journal of Housing PolicyUrmi holds a PhD from Newcastle University, a MSc in Urban Plannig from University of Hong Kong (as an Asian Development Bank Fellow) and BArch from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India.


      Urmi teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  She has been a member of School’s Internationalization Committee.  She supervises  undergraduate/postgraduate/ PhD research.



      Research Statement



      Programme  Director: MSc Urban and Rural Design

      Module co-ordinator for:

      EVP 2003 Urban Space and Form

      EVP 2007 Site Layout and Design

      EVP 7029 Rural Landscape and Design

      EVP7030  Designing for Sustainable communties

      EVP7025 Professional Practice Project in   Spatial Regeneration

      EVP 7031 Urban and Rural Design (Individual Design Project)

      Contributor to:

      EVP 1012 Spaces, Places and Plans

      • Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and  PhD Students

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      Frequent Journals

      • Habitat International

        ISSNs: 0197-3975

        Elsevier Limited

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.71 SJR 1.078 SNIP 1.663


      • Open House International

        ISSNs: 0168-2601

        Open House International Association

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.24 SJR 0.159 SNIP 0.447


      • Cities

        ISSNs: 0264-2751

        Elsevier Limited

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.04 SJR 1.332 SNIP 1.995


      • Urban Studies

        ISSNs: 0042-0980

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1360-063X

        SAGE Publications Ltd

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.39 SJR 1.648 SNIP 1.684


      • International Development Planning Review

        ISSNs: 1474-6743

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1478-3401

        Liverpool University Press

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.03 SJR 0.472 SNIP 0.711


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