Dr Deljana Iossifova

University of Manchester
School of Environment, Education and Development
Humanities Bridgeford Street
Room 1.6


Deljana Iossifova

Dr Deljana Iossifova is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Manchester. She contributes to the research-based atelier ‘Complexity, Planning and Urbanism’ at the Manchester School of Architecture. Collaborations include joint teaching and research with ‘Emergent Technologies and Design’ at the Architectural Association. Before joining the University of Manchester, Iossifova was a research fellow on the international collaborative project ‘Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment’ (SCIBE) at the University of Westminster. She was an Our Common Future Fellow (Volkswagen Foundation) and PhD Fellow on the Sustainable Urban Futures programme at the United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies (now the Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability). She has many years of experience as a practicing architect, and has led a number of award-winning master planning and architectural projects. Her current research examines urban transformations, with a particular focus on East Asia. Her co-edited book project, Defining the Urban, seeks to define the term ‘urban’ in different academic disciplines and professional fields. Other projects include the ‘ESRC Strategic Network on Data and Cities as Complex Adaptive Systems’ with partners in the UK, China, Brazil and Japan; the visual ethnography of ‘Harmonica Alley, Yokohama’; ‘Sanitation and Differentiation in Urban China’; and work on ‘Bulgaria’s Abandoned Elderly: Ageing alone in shrinking villages and cities’.