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Prof Diana Mitlin - personal details

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Role: Professor of Global Urbanism, Director of Global Urban Research Centre and Associate Director BWPI




BA (Econ) Manchester, MSc (Econ) London, PhD London

I completed my first degree at Manchester University with joint honours in economics and sociology. After working as a public sector economist with the Forestry Commision (1983-6) and the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (1986-8), I completed a MSc in Economics at Birkbeck College (University of London). I joined the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London in 1989 to work in a multi-disciplinary team working within the Human Settlements Programme. Development has remained the major focus on my work since that date with a particular interest in issues related to towns and cities in the Global South. In 1996, I worked part time for the London School of Economics to set up a Masters in NGO Management. In 1999-2000, I worked with the Peoples Dialogue on Land and Shelter in South Africa. From 2001, I have worked part-time at IDPM, whilst continuing with a senior research post at IIED. I have served as director and chair of the UK Charity Homeless International, and have also been a trustee for Practical Action (formerly Intermediate Technology Development Group) and been a member of the Programme and Policy Committee of WaterAid. At present I am a trustee for the Urban Poor Fund (Netherlands). I continue to work closely with two networks of Southern citizen networks and NGOs, Shack/Slum Dwellers International and the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights.