Petra Samaha has a Master of Architecture from the Lebanese University (2013) and a Master of Urban Design from the American University of Beirut (2015). Petra worked as an urban planner and researcher in Beirut from 2012 till 2020. Projects include urban design and planning projects and policy studies. Additionally, she led several research projects alongside her full time job, mainly at the American University of Beirut. Her work focuses on low-income neighborhoods, public spaces, property, refugees and mobility. She has presented her work in several venues in Lebanon and abroad. She has also published in Journal of Transport Geography, Jadaliyya, in “Practicing the Public” issued with As-Safir Lebanese daily, and with Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs. Petra is currently pursuing her PhD in Sociology at Sciences Po - Paris.
Work in Progress

public space, land, State theory

Research Interests

Public Space, State, Private property, Near East and Middle East, Lebanon

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