HR&A Spotlight on our People: Academic Engagement

 

HR&A Advisors is consistently inspired by our employees’ passion and dedication to supporting cities and communities around the globe. Congratulations to Research Analyst, Nisha Singh for showcasing her thesis in Istanbul at the “The Urban and Local Dimensions of Political Violence in Syria and the Middle East” conference hosted by the Syrian Urban Research Project.

 

Her thesis “Planning Equitable Cities for the 21st Century: A Multi-Scalar Analysis of Urban Refugee Integration in Beirut and Istanbul identifies potential solutions for compassionate, intercultural city planning by looking at other non-European cities and advocates for a mobility-centered approach to refugee policy.  

 

 

Abstract:

 

According to the Center for Global Development, over 60 percent of the world’s 26.4 million refugees and around half of the world’s 48 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) live in urban areas, mostly in low and middle-income countries. This thesis explores how modern refugee policy, which is primarily developed at the international and nation-state levels, influences how both refugees and residents navigate urban environments in host countries. The case studies examined in this thesis are Beirut, Lebanon and Istanbul, Turkey. Both cities are sites of ancient civilization, former Ottoman metropolises, and have found themselves front and center of tremendous waves of regional displacement in the modern era. This thesis ultimately identifies a severe sedentarist bias in refugee policy which translates to rigid municipal policy ill-adapted to the true nature of displacement. This thesis identifies potential solutions for compassionate, intercultural city planning by looking at other non-European cities and advocates for a mobility-centered approach to refugee policy. 

 

Read Nisha’s full thesis here.  

HR&A Spotlight on our People: Academic Engagement