Hayfaa Abou Ibrahim


Hayfaa holds a Master's in Urban Planning and Policy (2021) from the American University of Beirut, a Master's in Architecture (2018) from the Lebanese University, and a Bachelor's degree of Science in Architectural Studies from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (2016). Hayfaa has worked mostly on issues related to Housing including housing financialization, housing production in the urban peripheries, housing affordability, suburbanization, land and housing markets, and housing market agents. She is particularly interested in post-disaster urban recovery specifically post-disaster reconstruction, housing recovery, and displacement.

Urban recovery amidst overlapping crises

Hayfaa’s commitment to pursue her doctoral education stems from a responsibility towards the struggles of her city Beirut, but also so many other cities in Lebanon, and the MENA region. Her interest in studying post-disaster urban recovery stems from her personal experience where disasters, violence, and their aftermath were regular experiences she learned to cope with since early childhood. She is currently investigating urban recovery amidst overlapping crises with a particular focus on Beirut.

  • PLAN 211: City-Making: A Global Perspective
  • University of British Columbia's Four Year Fellowships (4YF) For PhD Students
  • University of British Columbia's Four Year Fellowships (4YF) Tuition Award
  • President's Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award
  • University of British Columbia's International Tuition Award
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