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Dr Deljana Iossifova - personal details

Contact details

Role: Lecturer in Urban Studies

Tel: 0161 275-3647

Location: Humanities Bridgeford Street-1.06
School of Environment, Education and Development
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Dr Deljana Iossifova is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Manchester. Her research is focused on urban transformations with a special focus on East Asia.
Currently, she is working on ‘Defining the Urban’, a book project which seeks to define the term ‘urban’ in different academic disciplines and professional fields. Other projects include the ‘ESRC Strategic Network on Data and Cities as Complex Adaptive Systems’ with partners in the UK, China, Brazil and Japan; the visual ethnography of ‘Harmonica Alley, Yokohama’; ‘Sanitation and Differentiation in Urban China’; and work on ‘Bulgaria’s Abandoned Elderly: Ageing alone in shrinking villages and cities’.
Iossifova contributes to the research-based atelier ‘Complexity, Planning and Urbanism’ at the Manchester School of Architecture. Collaborations include joint teaching and research with 'Emergent Technologies and Design' at the Architectural Association.
Iossifova has many years of experience as a practicing architect and led on a number of award-winning master planning and architectural projects, including ‘Beijing Daxing New Media City’ and ‘DressCode Flagship Store’ in Tokyo. She graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and completed a PhD with focus on China’s urban transition at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Before joining the University of Manchester, Iossifova was a research fellow on the international collaborative project ‘Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment’ (SCIBE) at the University of Westminster. She was an Our Common Future Fellow (Volkswagen Foundation) and PhD Fellow on the Sustainable Urban Futures programme at the United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies (now the Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability).