Professor Samer Bagaeen

Professor of Planning


Samer is a highly networked polyglot (English, Arabic, Spanish & Italian), urban practitioner, city diplomat and educator with a strong self-starting attitude and an international experience working alongside ministers, mayors and elected officials, practitioners and the broader community helping equip forward-thinking communities and leaders with the tools to welcome growth, manage projects, strengthen infrastructure, and forward plan for precovery.

Before joining 100 Resilient Cities in 2016, Samer worked in academia and in the private, public and voluntary sectors across Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, Samer led graduate urban planning education at the University of Brighton in England and was Viciting Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Jordan working alongside NGOs working with UNHCR & the International Rescue Committee. He previously served as Director of Urban Studies at the National Resources Investment and Development Cooperation (Mawared) in Jordan with responsibility for master planning former military sites. Prior to that, he served as Training Programme and Master Plan Coordinator with the Welfare Association in Jerusalem. Samer brings both depth and breadth of city expertise, specifically in issues related to project design and working with partners, community planning, regional planning & regeneration, housing delivery, and national urban policy formulation. Samer is a prolific writer and some of his recent published works include Sustainable Regeneration of Former Military Sites (Routledge, 2016) and Beyond Gated Communities (Foreword by Saskia Sassen) (Routledge 2015). Samer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has served as a Trustee of two leading urban planning organizations in London, the Town and Country Planning Association and the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Samer holds a BA in Architecture from University College London (UCL), a Masters of Urban Design in Developing Countries from UCL, and a Diploma in International Cooperation for Development from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. He also holds a Ph.D. in Planning Studies from UCL and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.​

Research Interests

  • Urban & climate resilience
  • City diplomacy and wider engagement
  • Urban gating
  • Brownfield regeneration
  • Community & neighbourhood planning


Full Member, Urban Land Institute (
Fellow, RSA (Royal Society of Arts) (  
Academician, Academy of Urbanism (
FRICS, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (
FRGS, Royal Geographic Society (
MRTPI, Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (
FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository


  • Bagaeen, S. and Grove, H. (2017). Using existing data to reunite health and planning – exploring the relationship between green spaces and health. Town and Country Planning 86:116-122.
  • Bagaeen, S. (2016). Reframing the notion of sustainable urban development in the Middle East. Open House International 41:39-47.
  • Bagaeen, S., Wrighton, G. and Gibson, M. (2015). Reconnecting town and gown. Town and Country Planning 84:392-399.
  • Bagaeen, S. and McCarthy, J. (2015). Good practice in planning education. Town and Country Planning 84:39-44.
  • Bagaeen, S. (2014). Between a rock and a hard place: House-building in Brighton and Hove. Planning theory and practice [Online] 15:596-602. Available at:
  • Bagaeen, S. (2014). Travails in the politics of housing. Town and Country Planning 83:554-558.
  • Bagaeen, S., Talbot, J. and Myers, C. (2013). Sharing planning research findings with practitioners. Town and Country Planning 82:394-399.
  • Bagaeen, S. and Coca-Stefaniak, A. (2013). Strategic management for sustainable high street recovery. Town and Country Planning 82:532-537.
  • Bagaeen, S. and Mullins, S. (2012). Issues and Challenges emerging from a frontrunner Neighbourhood Plan: The case of Ringmer in East Sussex. Town and Country Planning 81:325-329.
  • Bagaeen, S. and Gilbert-Smith, A. (2012). Consultation lessons from the new forest. Town and Country Planning 81:287-290.
  • Bagaeen, S. and Dobson, J. (2012). Forces for good: making the most of military land for public benefit. Town and Country Planning 81:192-195.

Book section

  • Bagaeen, S. (2017). Reframing masterplanning in the Middle East. in: Rethinking Masterplanning: Creating Quality Places. London, UK: Institute of Civil Engineers. Available at:
  • Bagaeen, S. (2017). Tourism development in Bahrain: Dealing with flux and transformation. in: Stephenson, M. and Al-Hamarneh, A. eds. International Tourism and the Gulf Cooperation Council States. London, UK: Routledge. Available at:
  • Bagaeen, S. (2015). Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Qatar: Middle Eastern complexity and contradiction. in: Squires, G. and Heurkens, E. eds. International Approaches to Real Estate Development. London, UK: Routledge.


  • McCarthy, J. and Bagaeen, S. (2014). Sharing good practice in town planning education. The Higher Education Academy. Available at:

Edited book

  • Bagaeen, S.G. and Clark, C. eds. (2016). Sustainable regeneration of former military sites. [Online]. London, UK: Routledge. Available at:
  • Bagaeen, S.G. and Uduku, O. eds. (2015). Beyond Gated Communities. [Online]. London, UK: Routledge. Available at:


  • Bagaeen, S. (2014). Review of Demystefying Doha: On architecture and urbanism in an emerging city. Urban Studies [Online] 51:3497-3500. Available at:
  • Bagaeen, S. (2013). Review of Justice and the American metropolis. Urban Studies 50:1664-1666.
  • Bagaeen, S. (2013). Review of The Principles of Green Urbanism: Transforming the City for Sustainability. Urban Studies 50:1087-1089.
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