Mennatullah is an urban planner and researcher who aims to inspire sustainable urban development by connecting research with reality. She is currently a part-time research associate and PhD student at TU Berlin, and also affiliated to Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt as an assistant lecturer at the department of urban planning and design.
She graduated in 2012 from Ain Shams University with a BSc. in Architectural Engineering, majoring in Urban Planning and Design. In 2015, she finished my Masters of Science (MSc.) in the Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) Program, A double degree master’s program between Ain Shams University in Egypt and Stuttgart university in Germany. Her thesis focused on “Connecting Urban Policy Making and Implementation, Case of Maspero in Cairo”.
After graduation, she worked in different institutions like 10 Tooba research studio for applied research on the built environment (http://www.10tooba.org/) and Schaduf (http:// schaduf.com/) urban micro farms. Moreover, she was also a fellow facilitating discussions about “Minorities and the city” the Cairo Initiative for liberal Arts and Sciences (http://www.ci-las.org/). At the same time, she was a concept developer and internal consultant for BENAA foundation (benaa- global.org), and Sharaf Foundation (www.sharaf-foundation.org), NGOs in Egypt for enabling youth.
She is interested in how to enable vulnerable groups in the society and how to develop communities in an integrated manner. She certainly practices urban planning, design and education as approaches to empowerment with an aim to cover the gap in theory building in contested urban contexts. As a multipotentialite interested in intersections, she deals with urban planning as a developmental multidisciplinary field.
She believes in the role of research in driving local development and national policies as well as the importance of transferring knowledge and systems between global north and south through win-win means.
As she views learning and research as two-way cyclic processes, the impact she strives for is the growth of all the humans she meets along her journey. In particular, she is interested in experimental methodologies, and participatory action research through which she aspires to take values into action by connecting spatial justice with urban planning.