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, Habitat International, Housing Studies and  International Development Planning Review. She sits on the International Editorial Board of the International Journal of Housing Policy and Urban India (National Institutute of Urban Affairs, Ministry of Urban Development, India). Urmi 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

    • Open House International

      ISSNs: 0168-2601

      Open House International Association

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.136 SNIP 0.199


    • Habitat International

      ISSNs: 0197-3975

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.33 SJR 1.524 SNIP 1.898


    • International Journal of Housing Policy

      ISSNs: 1461-6718

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1473-3269


      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 1.161


    • Urban Studies

      ISSNs: 0042-0980

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1360-063X

      SAGE Publications Ltd

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 2.115 SNIP 2.201


    • Cities

      ISSNs: 0264-2751

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.41 SJR 1.44 SNIP 1.919


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