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Research Interests

Spatial Planning; Urban Planning; Urban Diversity; Urban Peacebuilding; Social Cohesion; Youth Civic Engagement; Youth Mobilization; Social Movements; Good Governance

PhD Project

Rana’s research explores the relationship between youth mobilization and the public urban space as a means to help build and sustain social cohesion and inclusion across globally diverse cities.  Her research focuses on the opportunities of youth as active peacebuilders in diverse communities and the role of the urban context as a platform capable of advancing intercultural dialogue and embracing diversity.  Her research aims to generate new knowledge that will contribute to the emerging body of literature surrounding youth, urban studies and peacebuilding, amplify the voice of youth in participatory approaches to peacebuilding and produce cross-cutting evidence to influence youth/urban policies and practices.


Rana joined CTPSR in May 2017 where she is currently pursuing a PhD through a scholarship jointly granted from the CTPSR and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.  Her research interests are focused around youth civic engagement, urban diversity and peacebuilding. Rana holds a MSc in Spatial Planning from the German Jordanian University and a BSc in Architecture from the Applied Science Private University in Jordan. Rana's work and voluntary experience spans across architecture, spatial planning and community and youth development.

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good governance Social Sciences
spatial planning Social Sciences
social cohesion Social Sciences
urban planning Social Sciences
mobilization Social Sciences

Research Output 2018 2018

  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Activities 2017 2017

  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Annual Conference of the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (IAPCS)

Aytug, R. (Participant)
11 Sep 201712 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Global Peace Workshop

Aytug, R. (Participant)
24 Jul 201728 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Contesting Transitional Justice: Radical Perspectives

Aytug, R. (Participant)
8 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in conference