Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Staff Profile

Dr Eman Zied

Research Associate


I am a postdoctoral research associate at the Newcastle University Population Health Sciences Institute and the Spatial Analytics and Modelling Lab (SAM@Newcastle). I work on the project "Impact of the Environment and Pollution on Cognitive Health" (EPOCH). Previously, I was a Research Associate at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS). 

My work focuses on cities and urban areas, at the nexus of urban planning and human geography with a strong focus on engagement with communities and evidence based decision making support. My primary research interests include the complex interplay between social, spatial and digital inequalities, as well as how cities’ spatial structure can influence mobility and access to opportunities such as green space, jobs, schools and amenities.



  • PhD in Architecture and Built Environment (ABE) Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne,
  • BSc (Hons) in Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design [Full Time] Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Cairo, Egypt


  • Newcastle University QR Enhancing Research Culture (QR-ERCF) People Fund [£180
  • Geography Impact Fund [£525]


  • Charity Maintenance Grants [£4000]
  • Northumbria University PhD Research Studentship – Full Tuition and Full RCUK Stipend
  • Civil Society Scholar Award (CSSA) – Open Society Foundation [$10,000]


  • 2015 Berkeley Prize International Essay Competition – Title: "Parallel Practice: Bottom-Up Participatory Design in Impoverished Communities in Egypt” 


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:  Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) |Regional Studies Association (RSA)




My main areas of interest are research informed urban policy and planning, spatial modelling and statistical analysis of urban environments, and the complex relationships between right, privilege, and inequality in spatial planning.  

My current research focuses on modelling the built and natural environment around individuals in cohort studies, developing measures of environment and performing statistical analysis to uncover the influence of the environment on cognitive health.  

Previously, I have worked on the development of a decision making support tool for stakeholders to decide on optimised sensor placement in the city. My role involves running interviews and focus groups with stakeholders to find out their priorities for the tool. I also undertake the spatial analysis of the city to embed this within the tool to support decision making.

My PhD research in has primarily focused on studying informal settlement as a mode of production in the global south, using a mixed methods approach, with the aim of creating a classification framework to be used to inform urban policy. I use quantitative spatial analysis, qualitative research methods, and statistical analysis to study the socio-spatial configurations present in informal areas and find implicit spatial and social rules to inform classification.


I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) and I have taught on a number of varied modules. 


2018 – 2020 -  Module Tutor – Foundation and First Year 

Northumbria University, Department of Architecture and Built Environment (UK)

Modules Taught:  Space and Design Investigations, Architectural Design Projects, Evolution of Built Environment, Technical Drawing and Communication


2014 – 2016- Teaching Assistant 

Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (Cairo, Egypt)

Modules Taught:  Modern Architectural History and Theory, Architectural Design Studio 1 & 2