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Zeinab Noureddine Tag-Eldeen

Zeinab Tag-Eldeen


My research interest is shaped by four interrelated research areas, all of which bears clear connections to planning and decision analysis, i) the complex process of cross-cultural transfer of planning knowledge; ii) exploring planning for resilience in the context of increasing risk society; iii) internationalization of Swedish research and education, finding research pathways to societal and economic impacts focusing on Global South. My research profile is gained from working across three interlinked learning strands: research, teaching and practice. The interweaving of these three strands has been achieved through applying Transdisciplinary, action research methods, and playing Researcher/Practitioner dual role.


- Capacity building program in research and education, and finding research pathways to societal and economic impacts focusing on Global South - (2015-Continue) 

In addition to my role as a Coordinator of the Tanzania capacity building program, my interest is to contribute to the internationalization with impact of the Swedish higher education and research; to strengthen research as a means of, and a catalyst for development; thereby to strengthen the role of the universities in Tanzania to be proactive in their society through strengthening education and research pathways to societal and economic impact.

  - Unlocking the Potentials of Youth Social Movements to Foster Societal Resilience, (Funded by Formas 2017-2019) - Project Leader 

The aim is to explore the potentials of youth-led social movements in Sweden to build on that capacity and incorporate their role to prevent, mitigate and resist risk and its consequences. 

- Urban diversity to addresses complex questions surrounding the social and spatial expression of identity, belonging, integration and social cohesion (Funded by EU 2013-2016, within JPI Urban Europe) - Member in the Research Team

 The research is based on a systematic comparison of the aims, structural features and outcomes of neighborhood development programs in Amsterdam, Vienna and Stockholm.

- Strengthening International Humanitarian Post-Disaster Assistance: New Approach to Early Recovery Planning and Implementation (Funded by MSB 2012-2015) - Project Leader

Through applying transdisciplinary and action research methods, I explore the potential of urban planning knowledge in improving the effectiveness, comprehensiveness and sustainability of early recovery operations. I developed a strategy for early recovery and humanitarian assistance interventions in post-disaster settings and preparedness. I turned this strategy into a practical model ‘Early Recovery Road Map’ and tested it and developed it further by applying it to a real urban disaster setting, in the Philippines (January-March 2014), with the support of MSB.

- Conceptualizing cross-cultural transfer of knowledge - Doctoral Study (2008-2012)

Through playing a dual role as both ‘researcher’ and ‘practitioner’; and through designing and practicing learning-oriented collaborative planning processes, I investigated the complex process of transferring the planning knowledge to a new context. Practically, the process included practicing planning by injecting collaborative planning theory into a dialogue with the society; and theoretically by revisiting the principals that underpin collaborative planning in the context of the outcomes from the societal dialogue. With its theoretical and practice-based insights, my PhD research lights the path to the cross-cultural joint development of planning knowledge where I conclude a new international cultural theory in planning research. 





I work 30% as a Researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Urban and Regional Studies Division

Selected publications

Books and Book chapters

Noureddine Tag-Eldeen, Z. and Ddiba, D. (2016) Global Perspectives on Sustainable Urban and Rural Development. School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. ISBN 978-91-7595-987-0.

Noureddine Tag-Eldeen, Z. and Ddiba, D. (2016) Conemporary Challenges to Sustainable Development. School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. ISBN 978-91-7595-986-3.

Noureddine Tag-Eldeen, Z. (2015) Re-contextualizing of collaborative planning in Egypt. Chapter 24:407 in book: Hillier, J. and Metzger, J. eds. (2015), ‘Connections: Exploring Contemporary Planning Theory and Practice with Patsy Healey’. ASHGATE. UK.

Noureddine Tag-Eldeen, Z., (2013) ‘don’t build from the problems down – build from the assets-up’ – the power of the vision workshop. A chapter in SKL book ‘SymbioCity Approach – the Indonesia –Sweden edition’. Stockholm, Sweden.

Noureddine Tag-Eldeen, Z., (2012) Collaborative planning in the Egyptian context. A chapter in book Färgefabriken (2012) New Urban Topologies, Alexandria City of layers. Swedish Institute, Alexandria. 


Noureddine Tag-Eldeen, Z., (2012) Cross-Cultural Knowledge Development, the Case of Collaborative Urban Planning In Egypt. Doctoral Thesis, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Sweden.

Noureddine Tag-Eldeen, Z., (2003) Participatory Urban Upgrading - The Case of Ezbet Bekhit, Cairo. The Built Environment Analysis Div, Department of Infrastructure, KTH. ISSN 1651-0194

Reports of Research Results and Popular Science articles

Noureddine Tag-Eldeen, Z. (2015) Early recovery road map linking relief to recovery and development: Bridging collaborative urban planning knowledge into humanitarian response. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. MSB. Sweden, Stockholm.

Noureddine Tag-Eldeen, Z. (2015) From “Tyranny” to “Opportunity”. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. MSB. Sweden, Stockholm.

Noureddine Tag-Eldeen, Z. (2015) Early Recovery Roadmap for Tacloban City: Indication of Vital Areas to Move towards Recovery. UN Habitat, Manila, Philippines.

Noureddine Tag-Eldeen, Z., (2009) Comprehensive Recovery Plan of Aytaroun, Lebanon. For MSB and the Municipality of Aytaroun, Sweden.

Noureddine Tag-Eldeen, Z., (2009) Lessons Learned from Implemented Sida Funded Projects, Early Recovery Program, Lebanon. For MSB, Sweden

Noureddine Tag-Eldeen, Z., (2007) Strategic Urban Plan 2007-2022 of Zifta City. Report done for El-Gharbieh Governorate and GOPP, The General Organization for Physical Planning, The Ministry of Housing, Utilities and New Communities, The Egyptian Government.


Researcher at the Department of Urban and Rural Development; Division of Landscape Architecture
Telephone: 672318, 07073116 00
Postal address:
Inst för stad och land, Box 7012
Visiting address: Ulls väg 27, Uppsala