Galia Shokry is from the United States and a long-time resident of the Boston-area. She recently lived in Paris, France, where she earned a European Master in Urban Planning (Ecole d’Urbanisme de Paris – Paris XII, 2014). She also holds a Master in Cultural Studies (London School of Economics, 2004), and a Bachelor in International Relations (Boston University, 2000) with a concentration in Anthropology and the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining the GREENLULUS project and ICTA-UAB, she was a junior researcher on the Paris-based team of DIVERCITIES, an EC FP7 project, involving 14 European and North American cities. She investigated how inhabitants and business owners perceive and experience social diversity and public action in three historically underserved neighborhoods undergoing urban renewal. During her planning master, Galia studied a semester in Italy at the Politecnico di Milano, where she examined the internal dynamics of the collection action against an EXPO waterway project in Milan's western parks and their relationship with government actors. In her master in London, her dissertation examined narratives employed by Iranian bloggers to contest hegemonic discourses about religion and authority in reconstructing cultural identity and a space of belonging. In between these studies, Galia worked for an NGO creating and coordinating place-based educational programs to foster more inclusive schools committed to critical thinking, civic engagement and intercultural understanding.
As a doctoral researcher, Galia aims to better understand, through comparative research, the strategies and innovations that grassroots and institutional actors employ to recover/reconstruct in situations of displacement, conflict and environmental injustice. She is further motivated by an interest in examining inclusion and equality across social and cultural differences in these processes.
Conflict, culture, urban planning, environmental justice and gentrification, international comparative urban research, civic engagement