Christine Mady

Dr. Christine Mady is Associate Professor in architecture, urban design, and urban planning. She was (Chairperson) Head of the Department of Architecture, FAAD, Notre Dame University-Louaize 2016 – 2020. She is a member of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) International Development Peer Review College, and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Her professional experience spans over ten years as consultant in architecture and urban planning in the MENA region. Prior to moving to Lebanon, she was a PhD researcher and associate tutor at the School of Planning & Geography at Cardiff University. In 2014 she was awarded the Urban Studies Foundation (USF) International Fellowship, where she did postdoctoral research at the University of Reading.  

Her research focuses on public spaces in contexts of instability, and understanding their role in social integration, and social inclusion. She is currently researching postcolonial public spaces, and the contribution of public spaces to resilient cities. This research covers broad literature on the production of space, relational perspectives, participatory design processes, spatial justice, framing of space, spatial imaginaries and mnemonic spaces. It explores various aspects and categories of public spaces including marketplaces, alternative spaces, mobility and public spaces. Earlier research addressed public space, use rights and temporariness. Her research on Beirut’s public spaces has established alternative readings related to their evolution, and aspects of instability, divides, securitization, violence, space-time and implications on everyday life.