Laleh Foroughanfar

Doctoral Student, PhD

Research

Laleh is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment and affiliated by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University. An architect by training, Laleh holds a master's degree in Sustainable Urban Design from Lund University. She has particular interest in the study of socio-spatiality of urban spaces.  

Academic Background

•  PhD Candidate (current)

•  MSc in Sustainable Urban Design, Lund University

•  BA Architecture

 

Her PhD project entitled "Placemaking from Below: Immigrants and Spatial Practices in Malmö” rests on the notion of placemaking as a continuous and flexible process. The research explores physical environments of ethnically diverse neighborhoods in relation to social interactions and cultural practices. This provides a crucial yet neglected perspective on how to understand and counteract segregation and marginalization with regard to identity processes and senses of place in such neighborhoods. The overall aim of the project is to explore migrant's spatial agencies in Malmö. 

 

Research Interests

•  Migration, translocality, spatial agency and belonging

•  Urban development, planning and neo-libearlism

•  Territorialization and socio-materiality and everyday encounters