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Assistant Professor
Department of Public Policy and Administration


Brief Biography

Noura Wahby is an assistant professor at the Department of Public Policy and Administration at the American University in Cairo. Prior to joining AUC, she was an ESRC postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. She previously worked at the Cambridge Centre of Smart Infrastructure looking at citizen engagement, digital technologies, and local infrastructure in the UK. Her doctoral research at Cambridge’s Centre of Development Studies focused on the political economy of urban development and urban waterscapes in Cairo, Egypt. Her research was awarded the 2019 Malcolm H. Kerr Best Dissertation Award  in Social Sciences during the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting in New Orleans, USA. She has also worked professionally in training, evaluation and project design in a diversity of international development projects in the Middle East. Her research interests include the urban commons, governance, informality, water, and political economy.

  • Peer-Reviewed

    Wahby, N (2017). “Urbanity and Populism in the Global South - Lessons for the Brexit-Trump Era”, City and Community, 16 (2), 139-144. Doi: 10.1111/cico.12234.

    Book Chapters

    Wahby, N (2018). “Egyptian Environmentalism and Urban Grassroots Non-movements”, in Jose Vasquez and Elia Apostolopoulou (Eds.) The Right to Nature: Social Movements, Environmental Justice and Neoliberal Natures, Routledge-Earthscan, London, UK.

    Wahby, N (2015). “State and Community Dichotomies in Informal Areas: The Case of Infrastructure Upgrading in Izbit ElHaggana”, in Omar Bortolazzi (Ed.) Youth Networks, Civil Society and Social Entrepreneurship, Bologna University Press Publishing House, Italy.

    Online Publications

    Wahby, N. (2020). Review of “The Lived Nile. Environment, disease, and material colonial economy in Egypt”, Standford Univeristy Press 2019, by Jennifer L. Derr, Water Alternatives,

    Nochta, T; Badstuber, N; Wahby, N (2019). On the Governance of City Digital Twins- Insights the Cambridge Case Study. Centre for Digital Built Britain Working Paper Publication Series,

    Wahby, N (2015). “The Race to the Global City: Who Gets Left Behind?” Cambridge Review of International Affairs Views, online publication-

    • 2019, Ph.D. in Development Studies, University of Cambridge
    • 2013, Master’s in Public Administration, The American University in Cairo
    • 2008 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Languages, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle- Paris III & the French University of Egypt

    Editorial Positions

    2020                Co-editor, Middle East Urban Studies Book Series, American University of Cairo Press

    2019                Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Arab Urbanism Collective

  • 2019- 2020 ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

    2019     Malcolm H. Kerr Best Dissertation Award, Winner in Social Sciences, Middle East Studies Association, New Orleans, USA

    2019     Best Dissertation Honourable Mention and Best Poster Award for Doctoral Researchers, Association of British Turkish Academics, London, UK

    2019     Graduate Alumni of the year, Global Affairs and Public Policy and Administration School, American University of Cairo, Egypt

    2017 International Journal for Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) Foundation PhD Studentship

Research Interest
  • Urban policies
  • Social and environmental Policies
  • Governance
  • Political economy
  • Digitalisation
  • Uneven development