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Dr Nicholas Simcik Arese BA BA MSc AADipl DPhil

Dr Nicholas Simcik Arese, BA BA MSc AADipl DPhil

University Lecturer in Urbanism and Architecture

Director, MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies (History/Theory)

Fellow of Gonville and Caius College

Director of Studies for Gonville and Caius

Office Phone: 01223 760114

Key Publications

Journal articles

‘Seeing like a City-State: Behavioural Planning and Governance in Egypt’s First Affordable Gated Community.’ International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2018), vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 461-482.

‘Urbanism as Craft: Practicing Informality and Property in Cairo’s Gated Suburbs, from Theft to Virtue.’ Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2018), vol. 108, no. 3, pp.  620–637.

‘Review of Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East.’ Nelida Fuccaro, ed., Arab Studies Journal (2017), vol. 15, no. 2.

Book chapters

‘Grey Space, Tahrir Laser: Conspiracy, Critique, and the Urban in Julie Mehretu’s Depictions of Revolutionary Planned Violence: Post/Colonial Urban Infrastructures, Literature and Culture. Ed. Elleke Boehmer and Dominic Davies. London: Palgrave Macmillan (2018).

‘The Architect and Externalities: Translating the Commons as Design Strategy.’ in Public Occasion Agency: Events 01. Ed. Jan Nauta. London: Bedford Press (2012).

Playing by the Rules: An Inside-Out Guide to Behaving in the Square Mile.’ in London +10. Ed. Carlos Villanueva-Brandt. London: Architectural Association Publications (2010).


How should we plan the cities of tomorrow?, with Michael Keith and Andreza de Souza Santos, The Conversation, 18 Oct 2016.

So what difference will the 2016 New Urban Agenda make when the world has had enough of experts?, with Michael Keith and Andreza de Souza Santos, ESRC Urban Transformations, 17 Oct 2016.

New migrant urbanisms and the United Nations Habitat III conference in Quito, with Michael Keith and Andreza de Souza Santos, Centre on Migration Policy and Society, 17 Oct 2016.

O que podemos dizer sobre o futuro das cidades no Brasil e no mundo?, with Michael Keith and Andreza de Souza Santos, BBC Brasil, 27 Sept 2016.

A place for the UK in supporting UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda – the role of the ESRC’s Urban Transformations network, ESRC Urban Transformations, 15 Aug 2016.

A Compound in Common: The Case of ‘Little Duweiqa,’ Haram City, Jadaliyya, 19 Feb 2015.