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Architect Haim Yacobi

Contributed by: Valerie Morris
Published: Friday, 02 March 2018 3:00 PM
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Haim Yacobi is an architect who specializes in critical urban studies and urban health and is a Professor of Development Planning at University College in London, England. Yacobi’s research is interdisciplinary, backed by theoretical knowledge from diverse fields such as development, urban studies, and geography. His approach to urban health is based on understanding how history, power, and structural inequalities interact to produce urban health disparities. His believes the study of urban health and the development of interventions in any urban context should look at the effects of urbanization on both physical and mental health and consider the role of urban forms and policies as foundation causes of racial and ethnic inequalities in health. His approach to urban health is contextual, referring to the interface between specific urban elements and their effect on the health of individuals and communities in cities.
Yaobi’s work has been published in some of the leading international journals, in monographs, and several edited books. In 1999, he formulated the idea of establishing “Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights” an NGO (non-governmental organization) that deals with human rights and planning in Israel and was its co-founder.

His academic work focuses on postcolonial architecture, planning and development in Israel\Palestine, the Middle East and Africa. Spatial justice and urban health, contested urbanism, transnational migration and informality are in the core of his research and consultancy work. He was a Fulbright Post-doctorate fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He received a Marie Curie Grant that enabled him to work at Cambridge University, where he led a research project dealing with contested cities shaped by ethno-national conflicts.

CEU's are pending.