Rana Aytug


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    Research Interests

    urban politics; spatial planning; spatial inequalities; urban diversity; migration; urban governance; intercultural placemaking; active citizenship; peacebuilding; youth mobilisation


    Rana is an architect, spatial planner and postdoctoral research fellow at CTPSR.  Her postdoctoral research project titled “Intercultural Placemakers” investigates the inclusion of migrant youth in urban planning and in urban public space during the 2021 Coventry City of Culture program.

    PhD Project

    Mobilising Youth in Urban Politics and Sustaining Peace in the Diverse City: Amman as a Case Study

    Rana's PhD research explored the role of youth mobilisation in urban politics and the urban public space as a medium for sustaining peace in the diverse city.  The city of Amman was selected as a case study considering its strategic geopolitical significance and position as a diverse city with a significantly youthful population. Primary data was collected through interviews with city officials and young people living in Amman (within the 18-35 age group) in the form of semi-structured interviews, walking interviews and focus group discussions. Collectively, these research methods have revealed transferable insights through an exploration of challenges and opportunities for inclusive urban governance as well as an understanding of the social worlds of young people around issues of living with diversity, sustaining peace in the city and youth participation in urban politics. Rana's research linked theory, practice and policy.  It has contributed to the emerging body of literature bridging youth, urban diversity and sustaining peace studies.  It has also surfaced the needs, challenges and aspirations of youth surrounding their participation in urban politics and in urban public space to influence inclusive urban policies and practices.


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