Sara Al Nassir

Erasmus Mundus Master Course in City Regeneration

 

Contact

DLGS, ABS Haus 116, August-Bebel-Str. 30, room 07-011 

Email: s.al_nassir@dlgs.ioer.de 
Phone: +49 (0)351 463 42347 
Fax: +49 (0)351 4679 212  

DLGS 5 (2015-2017)

 

 

 

 

Doctoral Thesis

Working Title:
The Constitution and Emergence of Al-Souq street market in the Zaatari Refugee Camp

Supervisor: 
Prof. Dr. Antonia Kupfer, Technische Universität Dresden

Abstract: 
In 2012, Jordan opened two refugee camps to respond to the vast number of refugees escaping the conflict in Syria. The challenge of refugees and refugee spaces lies in the “permanent temporariness” they face during which they grow to develop into often-unexplored and unsettled urban settings through the social production of space.

This disseratation mainly questions how the interplay between human agency and space exhibits the emergence of market spaces in the Zaatari refugee camp.The data was collected during a fieldwork conducted in July 2016 employing a qualitative narrative approach to document the “essence” of everyday experiences. This was done according to three essential dimensions of the constitution of space: the routinized paths of action, the structural dimension of spatiality and the constitution of places or atmospheres.

The main aims of the work is to promote the camp as a spatial phenomenon and a medium for refugees to gain agency, as opposed to the traditional understanding of it as a site of exception or a site of “bare life” and provide recommendations for promoting “bottom-up” urbanism as a policy.

Key words: Refugee camps, space, social production of space, resilience

 

 

Research Interests

Space, Resilience, Refugee Camp

CV

Education

since 03/2015
Doctoral student at the TU Dresden, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
09/2011-10/2013
Study of City Regeneration (ReCity) in the field of Architecture and Urbanism, joint program between ENSA Paris La Villette, France and Università degli Studi 'Mediterranea' di Reggio Calabria, Italy Academic Degree: Erasmus Mundus Master Course Master Thesis: The Production of the Protest Space throughout a Community Uprising: The Case of Habib Bourguiba Avenue, Tunis Supervisor: Prof. Mario Zoratto, ENSA La Villette
09/2005-06/2010
Study of Architectural Engineering at the University of Jordan Academic Degree: Bachelor of Science

Awards

03/ 2015
Scholarship for a doctorate at the TU Dresden by the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS)
10/2013-03/2015
Italian Government Scholarship
09/2011-10/2013
Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Professional Experience
11/2013-03/2015
Researcher in Management and Development of Cultural Heritage, IMT Alti Studi Lucca, Italy
01/2013-06/2013
Guest Researcher, Chora City&Energy, TU Berlin, Germany
06/2010-06/2011
Co-founder and trainer, NGO: Munathara the Debate foundation, Amman, Jordan

Professional Experience

11/2013-03/2015
Researcher in Management and Development of Cultural Heritage, IMT Alti Studi Lucca, Italy
01/2013-06/2013
Guest Researcher, Chora City&Energy, TU Berlin, Germany
06/2010-06/2011
Co-founder and trainer, NGO: Munathara the Debate foundation, Amman, Jordan