Ghazaleh Akbarnejad


Previous Education: BSc (2013) and MSc (2017) in Architectural Engineering, University of Guilan, Iran

Hometown: Rasht, Guilan, Iran

Current Program: Master of Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University

Research and Urban Interests: Ghazaleh’s research interests include liminal and in-between urban spaces, neighbourhood and housing for vulnerable and marginalized groups, and the impact of the built environment on the well-being of the residents. She is also interested in participatory action research (PAR). 

Current/Previous Work: With a background in Architecture, Ghazaleh has more than five years of experience working in consulting engineering companies in Iran as a designer with a focus on housing, recreational and multi-functional building design. Currently, she works as a Research Assistant with Meg Holden in the Hey Neighbour Collective project. In this Mitacs internship, she helps the research with a focus on increasing social connectedness and resilience in multi-unit housing in British Columbia’s urban communities.

When not studying, Ghazaleh is interested in visual arts and enjoys painting in her free time. She is also a yoga and nature enthusiast.