About the Author
Samer Bagaeen leads the University of Brighton Planning School in the United Kingdom and is Visiting Professor of Planning at the Institute of Urban Economy in Lima, Peru. He is a graduate of University College London and holds an MBA from the Strathclyde Business School in Scotland. He was invited in 2012 into eminent Fellowship of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and in 2013 was invited to join the Academy of Urbanism as an Academician. 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). He has a research interest in the development of former military land, real estate development and tourism in the Middle East and his publications in this field include `Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Qatar: Middle Eastern complexity and contradiction' in G. Squires and E. Heurkens (eds.) (2015) International Approaches to Real Estate Development (Routledge), and `The soft power of branding in a post conflict situation: Gulf tourism in Bahrain' in M. Stephenson and A. al-Hamarneh (eds.) (2015) International Tourism and the Gulf Cooperation Council States (Routledge). Ola Uduku is Reader in Architecture at Edinburgh University, where she is Programme Director of the taught M.Sc. in Urban Strategies and Development, and teaches an interdisciplinary elective on African Cities. She has research interests in social infrastructure provision in urban areas, specifically for minority groups, and `urban gating'. Modern Movement Architecture in West and sub-Saharan Africa, and the history of school design in sub-Saharan Africa are also themes of inquiry. She is also involved in environmental design teaching and active in environmental analysis research, specifically investigating the use of digital tools including computer modelling and `apps' for environmental analysis teaching at tertiary level. She has held EU, DfID, and British Academy awards for research in these areas, and is currently working on the Alan Vaughan Richards Archive Project in Lagos, Nigeria. Aside from her collaborative editorship on this and the previous volume Gated Communities: Social Sustainability in Contemporary and Historical Gated Developments (Routledge, 2010 & 2012), she was a co-editor of Africa Beyond the Post-Colonial, Uduku and Zack Williams (2004) and co-author of Social Infrastructure in Granby-Toxteth, Uduku & Ben-Tovim, (1997).