Dhirgham is currently Head of the Architecture Department at Baghdad University. Dhirgam has a PhD from the University of Kansas in Architecture and Urban Planning. Much of his research projects and publications have focused on the morphological developments of the Iraqi cities; particularly the urban form and spatial structures. His recent publications examine the role of street design networks and the syntactic properties of urban grids in creating successful urban places and well-connected local communities. His work also has included special interests in studying socio-cultural properties found in Iraq and Middle Eastern communities, sharing a common history, authenticity, and sacred heritage; reuse and preservation plans, and historic structures.
Dhiaa Kareem Ali is currently the Head of the Department of English at the University of Kufa. Researching the intersection of discourse, society and politics. His research interests are centred on critical discourse studies, language, racism, discrimination and self and other representation. Currently, he is working on two grants projects on the 'Post-DAESH Identity (Re)construction in the War- torn Areas, funded by the Nahrein Network at University College London, and the Mandaeans in Iraq Today: Perceptions, Heritage Exclusion and Community'. Dr. Dhiaa completed his PhD at Newcastle University in 2018. His most recent publication was titled 'Decolonising Babylon' published in the International Journal of Heritage Studies in December 2020.
Hossam is a conservation architect and planner and has over twenty years experience in academia and conservation work in Europe and the Middle East. Hossam is currently working on a new approach to conservation in the Middle East, utilising local practices and methodologies. Previously, Hossam worked for EAMENA, at Oxford University and is currently involved in several conservation projects.
Vasilis is an Associate Professor in Structural Engineering at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds and a Visiting Researcher at Newcastle University. Previously, he was a Lecturer in Infrastructure Engineering at the School of Engineering, Newcastle University (2016-2019), a Research Associate at the School of Engineering at Cardiff University (2013-2016) and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure at University of Leeds (2011-2013). He holds both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, and worked as a consultant Civil Engineer in UK. Sarhosis is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (FIMEchE) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in UK. He is currently chairing the National Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH) which is part of the ICOMOS. He has published more than 80 peer reviewed journal manuscripts and has a h-index of 18 (Scopus), with his research cited more than 1,100 times.
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