Samer Bagaeen lectures in town planning and is a planner, surveyor and academic.
His expertise is focused on urban governance, regeneration and community engagement, working regularly with local communities and communities of practice. A member of the Place Alliance’s Core Supporters Group, Bagaeen has served on the Town and Country Planning Association’s Policy Council since 2010.
Samer Bagaeen is an academic practitioner with a strong track-record of working with local communities and communities of practice. He is a member of the Place Alliance’s Core Supporters Group. He has served on the Town and Country Planning Association’s Policy Council since 2010 and in 2015, was elected to its Board of Trustees and to the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Board of Trustees.
Samer Bagaeen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the RSA, a Fellow of the RICS, a Corporate Member of the RTPI and an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism. He is an academic practitioner with a track-record of working with local communities and communities of practice. He is also a member of the Place Alliance’s Core Supporters Group. As an academic, he has a talent for critical appraisal and as a practitioner, writer and community activist, he has a commitment to inclusive design quality of buildings, streets and places. As part of a core group of people working with the UK Government Department of Work and Pensions, he is advising Government on improving built environment education to help create more inclusive environments.
Samer holds several Visiting Professorships in the Middle East and South America. He co-edited Gated Communities: Social Sustainability in Contemporary and Historical Gated Developments (Routledge, 2012) and contributed to Dimensions of the Sustainable City (Springer, 2010). He has a research interest in the Middle East and his publications in this field include ‘Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Qatar: Middle Eastern complexity and contradiction’ in G. Squires and E. Heurkens (eds.) (2015) International Approaches to Real Estate Development (Routledge), and ‘Bahrain’s Tourism Development: What constitutes success?’ in M. Stephenson and A. al-Hamarneh (eds.) (2016) International Tourism and the Gulf Cooperation Council States (Routledge). Samer published Beyond Gated Communities with Routledge in 2015. He was awarded in 2012 the Royal Town Planning Institute Planning Leaders Award for ‘demonstrating outstanding leadership in the field of planning’. He was a Finalist in the Royal Town Planning Institute 2011 Planning Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for ‘creating a research informed curriculum in town planning’. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors invited him into a ‘Distinguished Fellowship’ in 2012 recognising his expertise in the areas of ‘land, property and construction’.
In cultivating knowledge and creating communities, I favour learning by immersion and involvement not transmission, focusing on solutions and brokering partnerships across professional, academic, and social communities. Core to the town planning curriculum which I developed are the tenets of passion, curiosity, imagination. This includes a research informed and enhanced curriculum, and active engagement with professional bodies, national strategies and initiatives in higher education learning and teaching.
I am committed to the provision of quality education in a research-intensive environment. Nationally, and for a period of 18 months from February 2013 until July 2014, I was seconded to the Higher Education Academy in York as the Built Environment Discipline Lead. In this position, I built a national profile through providing key academic interface between the HEA and the discipline-based lecturers, learning and teaching practitioners and management and support staff working in Higher Education in architecture, planning and surveying visiting over 20 architecture and planning departments and schools nationally to meet with colleagues and offer the HEA’s support and funding opportunities. I sponsored the inaugural gathering of the Association of Architectural Educators in Nottingham in 2013 and funding workshops on ‘Live Projects’ in architectural education.
Bagaeen, Samer (2017) Bahrain’s Tourism Development: What constitutes success? In: Stephenson, Marcus and al-Hamarneh, Ala, eds. International Tourism and the Gulf Cooperation Council States: Developments, Challenges and Opportunities. Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility . Routledge, New York. ISBN 9781138023277
Bagaeen, Samer and Clark, Celia (2016) Sustainable Regeneration of Former Military Sites [Edited Collections]
Bagaeen, Samer, Wrighton, Georgia and Gibson, Mike (2015) Reconnecting town and gown Town and Country Planning, 84 (9). pp. 392-399. ISSN 0040-9960
Bagaeen, Samer and Uduku, Ola (2015) Beyond Gated Communities [Edited Collections]
McCarthy, John and Bagaeen, Samer (2015) Good practice in planning education Town and Country Planning, 84 (1). pp. 43-48. ISSN 0040-9960
Bagaeen, Samer (2014) Book review: Demystifying Doha: On Architecture and Urbanism in an Emerging City Urban Studies, 51 (16). ISSN 0042-0980
Bagaeen, Samer (2014) Between a rock and hard place: house-building in Brighton and Hove Planning Theory & Practice, 15 (4). pp. 596-602. ISSN 1464-9357
Bagaeen, Samer (2014) 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. Routledge, London, pp. 101-122. ISBN 9780415828574
Bagaeen, Samer and Uduku, O. (2014) Beyond gated communities: urban gating and soft boundaries [Edited Collections]
McCarthy, John and Bagaeen, Samer (2014) Sharing good practice in planning education [Report (for external body)]
Coca-Stefaniak, Andres and Bagaeen, Samer (2014) Sustaining urban regeneration – is effective place management the answer? In: Seiss, Reinhard, ed. Living tomorrow. X-Change, Vienna, pp. 58-65. ISBN 9783200034822
Bagaeen, Samer (2013) The real cost of Gulf tourism: a building boom, distractions, vulnerabilities and the right to the city In: Tourism development in the GCC States: reconciling economic growth, conservation and sustainable development. Springer, New York, USA. ISBN 9781461474524
Coca-Stefaniak, Andres and Bagaeen, Samer (2013) Strategic management for sustainable high street recovery Town and Country Planning, 82 (12). pp. 532-537. ISSN 0040-9960
Bagaeen, Samer, Talbot, Jo and Myers, Christabel (2013) Sharing planning research findings with practitioners Town and Country Planning, 82 (9). pp. 380-385. ISSN 0040-9960
Bagaeen, Samer (2013) Review of "Justice and the American metropolis" Urban Studies, 50 (8). pp. 1664-1666. ISSN 0042-0980
Bagaeen, Samer and Mullins, Susan (2012) Issues and challenges emerging from a frontrunner Neighbourhood Plan: the case of Ringmer in East Sussex Town and Country Planning, 81 (7-8). ISSN 0040-9960
Gilbert-Smith, Alyson and Bagaeen, Samer (2012) Consultation lessons from the New Forest Town and Country Planning, 81 (6). ISSN 0040-9960
Bagaeen, Samer and Dobson, Julian (2012) Forces for good: making the most of military land for public benefit Town and Country Planning, 81 (4). pp. 192-195. ISSN 0040-9960
Bagaeen, Samer (2012) Beyond gated communities; urban gating, soft boundaries and networks of influence and affluence Environment and Planning A. ISSN 0308-518X
Bagaeen, Samer (2012) Cities: Dubai In: Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Afro-Eurasia: Assessing Sustainability (invited submission). Berkshire Publication, Massachusetts, USA. ISBN 9781933782010
Bagaeen, Samer and Gilbert-Smith, A. (2012) Understanding stakeholder consultation in the preparation of the New Forest National Park Management Plan Town Planning Review. ISSN 0041-0020
Bagaeen, Samer (2011) Understanding power dynamics in the planning process: the case of a retail development in Glasgow International Journal of Sustainable Society, 3 (4). pp. 356-384. ISSN 1756-2538
Bagaeen, Samer (2011) Review of Towards the healthy city: people, places and the politics of urban planning Urban Studies, 48 (6). pp. 1293-1295. ISSN 0042-0980
Bagaeen, Samer and Uduku, O. (2010) Gated histories: an introduction to themes and concepts In: Bagaeen, Samer and Uduku, O., eds. Gated communities: social sustainability in contemporary and historical gated developments. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 1-8. ISBN 9781844075195
Frey, H.W. and Bagaeen, Samer (2010) Adapting the city In: Jenks, M. and Jones, C., eds. Dimensions of the sustainable city. Springer, USA. ISBN 9781402086465
Bagaeen, S and Uduku, O, eds. (2010) Gated communities: social sustainability in contemporary and historical gated developments Earthscan, London, UK. ISBN 978-1-84407-519-5
Bagaeen, Samer (2010) Gated urban life versus kinship and social solidarity in the Middle East In: Bagaeen, S. and Uduku, O., eds. Gated communities: Social sustainability in contemporary and historical gated developments. Earthscan, London. ISBN 9781844075195
Bagaeen, Samer (2010) Review of "European spatial research and planning" Urban Studies, 47 (1). pp. 220-222. ISSN 0042-0980
Bagaeen, Samer (2009) Review of "Green cities: urban growth and the environment" Journal of Urban Design, 14 (4). pp. 565-575. ISSN 1357-4809
Bagaeen, Samer (2008) Review of "Growing smarter: achieving livable communities, environmental justice and regional equity" Urban Studies, 45 (13). pp. 2879-2881. ISSN 0042-0980
Bagaeen, Samer (2008) Review of "Nature in fragments: the legacy of sprawl" Journal of Urban Design, 13 (1). pp. 147-157. ISSN 1357-4809
Bagaeen, Samer and Woods, L. (2008) Sustainability in the city region: toward a new way of thinking, planning and managing in Glasgow (Sostenibilidad en la region urbana: construyendo enscenarios para el dessarrollo sostenibile en Glasgow) In: Schoonjans, Y., Lievens, W., Cornona Martinez, A., Petric, J., Vigo, L. and Pinheiro Machado, D., eds. Readings on Sustainability and Heritage - architecture and urban culture in Latin America and Europe. School of Architecture, Saint Lucas, Brussels, pp. 167-193. ISBN 9789081323819
Bagaeen, Samer (2007) Brand Dubai: the instant city; or the instantly recognizable city International Planning Studies, 12 (2). pp. 173-197. ISSN 1356-3475
Bagaeen, Samer (2007) Review of "City of collision: Jerusalem and the principles of conflict urbanism" Urban Studies, 44 (8). pp. 1620-1622. ISSN 0042-0980
Bagaeen, Samer (2007) Review of "Private cities: global and local perspectives" Urban Studies, 44 (1). pp. 199-200. ISSN 0042-0980
Bagaeen, Samer (2007) Review of "Smart and sustainable built environments" Journal of Urban Design, 12 (1). pp. 161-162. ISSN 1357-4809
Bagaeen, Samer (2007) Sustainable urban development: urban intensification in the city region In: Proceedings of the Housing Symposium 3: Neighbourhoods are more than houses. High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, pp. 3-16.
Bagaeen, Samer (2006) Brownfield sites as building blocks for sustainable urban environments: a view on international experience in redeveloping former military sites Urban Design International, 11 (2). pp. 117-128. ISSN 1357-5317
Bagaeen, Samer (2006) Ciudades sin ciudades: Puerto Dubai Neutra, 14. pp. 31-33. ISSN 1138-1507
Bagaeen, Samer (2006) Evaluating the effects of ownership and use on the condition of property in the Old City of Jerusalem Housing Studies, 21 (1). pp. 135-150. ISSN 0267-3037
Bagaeen, Samer (2006) Housing condition in the in the Old City of Jerusalem: an empirical study Habitat International, 30 (1). pp. 87-106. ISSN 0197-3975
Bagaeen, Samer (2006) Redeveloping former military sites: competitiveness, urban sustainability and public participation Cities, 23 (5). pp. 339-352. ISSN 0264-2751
Bagaeen, Samer (2006) Review of "Cities without cities: an interpretation of the Zwischenstadt". Planning Theory and Practice, 7 (4). pp. 482-483. ISSN 1464-9357
Frey, H., Ferguson, N., Bagaeen, Samer and Woods, L. (2006) Suburbs reconsidered: form, mobility and sustainability Built Environment, 32 (3). pp. 250-266. ISSN 0263-7960
Bagaeen, Samer (2006) Sustainability in the city region In: TransUrban, T.U., ed. Urban Culture in Focus (Volume 2). Verlag des Instituts für Verleichende Architekturforschung, Vienna, Austria, pp. 88-97. ISBN 3900265070
Bagaeen, Samer (2004) Political conflict, town planning and housing supply in Jerusalem: the implications for the built environment in the Old City City, 8 (2). pp. 197-219. ISSN 1360-4813
Member of the international review board of ArchNet International Journal of Architectural Research
Co-Editor, Journal for Education in the Built Environment (JEBE) new series