May Newisar

May Newisar


I am a Research Fellow in Architecture at the University of Leeds. I have held several academic posts in several international schools of Architecture in the Middle East and the UK. I am working with Professor Gehan Selim in the Architecture and Urbanism Group.

My PhD from the University of Manchester focuses on understanding the politics of technical decision-making in the World Heritage sites. 

Prior to joining Civil Engineering in Leeds, I worked with Mela Social Enterprise as a research associate focusing on raising the awareness of public about Historic England’s heritage values within their place identity. At the same time, I worked as an Associate research consultant leading a research team that won the mentor’s award team at the best research and business reports.

I am also working as a researcher and co-secretary at the Association of Collaborative Design. I have 10 years' experience in teaching and delivering courses in architecture and urban design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

I am an Associate Fellow in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.

Research interests

My research uses an interdisciplinary approach in the architecture and urban studies field to investigate the different perceptions and understanding of heritage values on different levels (local, national and international). In particular how the technical and managerial tools in the heritage conservation process are used as soft power in negotiations, forming cultural politics that framed the nexus between heritage conservation and urban regeneration.

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  • Doctor of Philosophy in Planning and Environmental Management (University of Manchester)
  • MSc in Architecture Engineering and Environmental Design, Alexandria, Egypt
  • BSc in Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design, Alexandria, Egypt

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow in Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
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