Djibouti & University of Cape Town, 2020
Kadria Hassan is an architect by training; she is currently working in the humanitarian sector. She volunteers in the International Conscience Movement, advocating for the release of women and children detained in Syrian prisons. Kadria values human rights and believes that advocacy and spreading awareness is the key to making a difference.
Kadria completed her undergraduate studies in Istanbul, Turkey. Studying in such a metropolis was a significant experience as she witnessed the rapid urban transformation of the city and the challenges of this urban regeneration. She learned that this environment of commercial architecture and top-down intervention are triggering an upsurge in urban transformation projects that alter the socio-spatial structure of the city. After completing her studies, Kadria realised that adequate urban governance and land management were essential for a city to be more inclusive and sustainable. She decided to orientate towards urban studies.
Kadria is interested in studying African cities and more particularly the impact of colonialism. Kadria aims to contribute to the knowledge-production of research on African cities and then to the conceptualisation of healthy African cities that respond to their respective needs by using participatory approaches where the citizens are at the core of the process