I am an urbanist with a background in political economy and development studies, combined with a deep interest in sociology. Originally from Azerbaijan, Baku I have lived in the UK, Spain, Italy and Czech Republic and now I am settled in the Netherlands. As an urbanist I mainly focus on topics of collective action, civic design, housing issues and environmental justice. My background in political economy allows me to have a broader view on the urban issues, while education in arts management and work on several arts projects have equipped me with tools for out of box thinking, community work and ability to build bridges across disciplines. I love researching and writing on issues that are outstanding in terms of spatial justice, but I am twice more excited when it involves field work and opens up an opportunity to experiment with out of box tools for research - audiovisuals, community/memory mapping, tactical urbanism tools used for research purposes and etc. All in all, as an urbanist you can find me doing participatory design projects on the ground, organizing events on above-mentioned topics, researching or writing or just wondering around and discovering material and social details of cities.
Climate | Culture and placemaking | Inclusive cities (Our City) | The Journal of Public Space
For collaborating on research, co-organizing projects around the topics of housing, civic design, inclusive cities (particularly from feminist and social justice perspective), and climate adaptation. I am also a big geek in movies and other multimedia projects/tools around cities and urbanism.
I am most proud of the Baku Urban Agenda conference that I happened to co-organize with two amazing colleagues. The two day conference was the first attempt to bring people from planning institutions, grassroots movements and socially oriented businesses together. While the sessions involved workshops on themes from transport to master planning, the highlights were also photo exhibition, a project rethinking urban interventions in central part of the city and poetry interventions. The event served as a kick-off platform, in the aftermath of which I started organizing monthly "Build the Future events" at a social hub that I co-created in my hometown Baku.
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