Dr Deljana Iossifova

Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies

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Dr Deljana Iossifova is Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Manchester where she is Director of the Confucius Institute. She is the Chair of the Urban Studies Foundation. She sits on the judging panel for the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2021.

Currently, Iossifova leads a portfolio of research on sustainable infrastructure and transitions. She has worked on complex urban transformations, cities and biodiversity and the human ecosystems of ageing. Her main research focus is on the Global East and South, including China, Japan, Bulgaria, India and Brazil. As an architect, she practiced in Germany, China, Japan and the USA.

Iossifova is the author of Translocal Ageing in the Global East and lead editor of Defining the Urban

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External positions

Chair of the Board, Urban Studies Foundation

1 Jan 2020 → …

Member of the Board, Urban Studies Foundation

1 Jan 2017 → …

Visiting Researcher, Urban Studies Institute, University of Antwerp


Areas of expertise

Research Networks and Beacons


  • urban infrastructures, infrastructuring, human-infrastructure interaction, human-environment interaction, transdisciplinarity, urban borderlands, urban complexity

Education / academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy Tokyo Institute of Technology (2006 - 2010)
  • Master of Architecture Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (2001 - 2004)

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