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Zeinab Noureddine Tag-Eldeen


I initiate and lead the Research Platform "Sparking Research into Global Transformation" that flourishes from theorising, practicing and reflecting on the advanced knowledge across contexts; and from connecting sciences to arts to convey deeper sustainability research insights and generates sciences impacts. Four themes emerged from this platform:

1- Global South

2- Planning for Societal Resilience

3- Connecting City2Arts

4- Spark our Research Into Action 

The research within this platform 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. In the art-based research, I collaborate with artists to examine if connecting art and sciences can reinforce each other's role in social transformation. Simultaneously, 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.


2019-continue: Lecturer in Urban Design "Landskapsplanering" course at the Landscape Architecture Division, SLU.

2013-2017: Responsible for the "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development" course, KTH.

2008-2012: Responsible for the "Human Settlements and Housing" course, KTH.


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 2017-2020), 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. 

Participatory Performance: Voices from the Margin (Funded by Formas 2017-2020), Project Leader.

Participatory photography, interactive performance are used as research tools in the tradition of participatory action research. 

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. 


The Coordinator of the Capacity Building Program with Ardhi University in Dar es Salaam Tanzania, the Program is funded by SIDA.

Strengthening Capacity on Training and Research in Land Use and Human Settlements Development in Ardhi University, Tanzania (2015-2020).

Partner in the South Africa - Sweden Universities Forum SASUF 

Responsible for, and initiator of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between SLU and the UN Habitat signed in 2017.


2005-2017: I worked as a Researcher at the School of Architecture and Built Environment; the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH.

2017: Associate Prof. in Urban and Regional Studies with specialization in cross-cultural planning and development. The School of Architecture and Built Environment; at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. 

2012: Doctor of Philosophy in Planning and Decision Analysis with specialization in Urban and Regional Studies. The School of Architecture and Built Environment; at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. 

2003: M.Sc. of Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructures. The Division of Built Environment Analysis, at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH.

1982: B.Sc. of Architecture Engineering; Beirut Arab University, Lebanon.


Main Supervisor of PhD Candidates (2015-continue)

1.     Said Nuhu: ‘Examining the Governance of Land Acquisition Process in the Peri-Urban Areas of Tanzania. A case study of Dar es Salaam’
2.       Happiness Mlula: ‘To explore the existing strategies for infrastructure services provision so as to come up with appropriate intervention to ensure sustainable infrastructure services provision for small towns in Tanzania”.  
3.      Maglan Charles Sang'enoi:  ‘To understand the nature, trend and pattern of emergence and growth of small towns and their impacts on natural resources in order to come up with strategies of effectively managing their development.’ 
4.      Edson Sanga: 'Recreation Types And Their Respective Convivial Spaces In Informal   Settlement -The Case Of Dar Es Salaam'.
5.     Lazaro Mngumu: 'Landscape Scale Ecosystem Management For Enhancing Community Resilience To Climate Change In Peri-Urban Areas: The Case Of Dar Es Salaam.'

Main Supervisor/Opponent of Master Degree Students - Completed 

1.      “Mithi River Restoration – Mumbai” by Himanshu Sanghani 2009;

2.      “Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives on participation in mining James Bay Cree First Nation, Canada” by Layla El-Korechi 2010;

3.      “Assessment of Strategies for Secure Tenure, Tenure Policy & Housing as means of advocating Sustainable Development in developing nations” by Aleksander Nikolai Mladen Krajisnik 2010;

4.      “Sustaining the Early Recovery Integrating Planning in Early Recovery Case: Southern Lebanon” by Farah Arakji 2012;

5.      “Community Participation in Early Recovery of Post-Disaster Reconstruction: The Case of Sichuan Earthquake in China, 2008” by Li Yang 2012;

6.      “Hyogo Framework for Action in Guatemala City – Risk Management in Hazard-prone Informal settlements on Slopes” by Katja Gomez 2015;

7.      “Informality in Uganda”, within Sustainable Urban Planning and Design Master Program by Maria Dermitzaki, completed in 2016;

8.      “Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in the Philippines - a case study within the Leyte region” by Victoria Zalameda (as Opponent), completed in 2015;

9.      “Greening Potosí - Making Use of Green Infrastructure in a Dense, Informal Settlement of Bogotá”. By Amanda Hultman and Johanna Svahn (as Opponent), completed in 2015;

10. "A resilient Design Approach to Climate Adaptation for Future Floods and Rising Sea Levels". Julia Johansson and Elli Sundström, completed in 2018;

11.    "Public Space, Female Space: A proposed structure plan for Kihinani, Zanzibar which includes women in the planning process". Hanna Axelsson and Louise Nederman (as Opponent), completed in 2019;

12.    "Ut på tur - aldrig sur: Ett gestaltningsförslag för en ny hamnpromenad i Trondheim" Ida Roos och Anna Lindbom,(as Opponent) completed in 2019,
13.    "Att Göra Plats: för tjejers delaktihet och inflytande i utveckling" (as Opponent) Maria Wallstedt, completed 2017;

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.