Dr. Samer Bagaeen
Dr. Samer Bagaeen is a graduate of University College London, a British university consistently ranked as one of the top three multi-faculty universities in the UK and features in the top 4 universities worldwide. Dr. Bagaeen leads the University of Brighton Planning School, a position he has held since 2008, and currently serves as an elected member on the Policy Council of the organisation founded by Ebeneezer Howard in 1899, the Town and Country Planning Association, and on the General Assembly of the Royal Town Planning Institute in London. He was invited in 2012 into Eminent Fellowship of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and was invited early in 2013 to become an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism. He was also seconded this year to the position of UK national Built Environment Discipline Lead with the Higher Education Academy in York. In addition, he currently holds the position of Visiting Professor of Planning with the Institute of Urban Economy at Universidad Esan in Lima, Peru. Samer is fluent in Arabic, English and Spanish. He is winner of the Royal Town Planning Institute 2012 Planning Leaders Award for the UK's South East Region.
Dr. Bagaeen has an on-going interest in investigating the sustainability dimensions in the re-use of former defence sites and has recently worked with the Bill Sargent Trust of the First Wessex Group in Hampshire to produce the report In the public interest?, an investigation into community benefits of the UK Ministry of Defence land disposals (2010). He co-edited Gated Communities: Social Sustainability in Contemporary and Historical Gated Developments (Routledge, 2010 & 2012) and contributed to Dimensions of the sustainable city (Springer, 2010). His written works include ‘Gated urban life or kinship and social solidarity: the rise of gated communities in the Middle East’, in S. Bagaeen and O. Uduku; ‘Tourism and real estate developments: The driving forces transforming perceptions of sustainability of built environment in the Gulf’, in G. Squires and E. Heurkens (eds.) (2014) International Approaches to Real Estate Development. Routledge; and ‘The real cost of Gulf tourism: A building boom, vulnerabilities and the right to the city’, in A. Spiess, F. Al-Mubarak and A. S. Weber (eds.) (2014) Tourism Development in the GCC States: Reconciling Economic Growth, Conservation and Sustainable Development. Springer, New York.