M.Sc. Shaharin Annisa

M.Sc. Shaharin Annisa

M.Sc. Shaharin Annisa

IUSD Coordinator, Researcher and Lecturer

Telephone +49 (0)711 685 81054

Phd Candidate – International Urbanism (University of Stuttgart)

MSc. In Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) at University of Stuttgart

2017 – Present
Co-founder of MCTspaceLab – Muscat (Oman)

Research assistant at EZBET project at University of Stuttgart

2014 – 16

Research Assistant at the Urban Planning and Architectural Design department in German University in Oman (Gutech), Sultanate of Oman

BSc. In Urban Planning and Architectural Design (UPAD), German University in Oman (Gutech), Sultanate of Oman

2011 – 15
GUtech’s ECO HAUS project. Passive house design development, construction and evaluation in Oman

CV Summary

Shaharin Elham Annisa is an academic researcher and tutor at the Department of International Urbanism at University of Stuttgart and the coordinator for the international master’s program – Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD). She was born in Bangladesh but grew up in Oman, completing her bachelor’s degree at the German University of Technology (GUtech) in Oman, studying Urban Planning and Architectural Design (UPAD). She worked as an architect in private firms in Muscat.

She finished her master’s degree in University of Stuttgart in the program Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable design (IUSD) research on Understanding the spatial effects of migration and livelihood of Bangladeshi migrants in Oman. She is part of the EZBET project based in Cairo working on the development of informal settlements as a researcher.

She is one of the co-founders of MCTspaceLab, a platform aiming at enhancing and developing existing neighbourhood through vibrant public spaces. Currently, on the side, she is pursuing her PhD looking at trans-local migration in Sub-Saharan Africa, taking informal settlements in Lusaka (Zambia) as a case study.

Her core research focus lies on informality, migration, participatory planning, ethnographic research, and social and spatial appropriation of indoor and outdoor spaces among others. Her other interests lie within earthen-construction and passive house strategies.


Annisa, S. & Elzain, R. (2021, Forthcoming): Self-organized communities, urban governance and the city. Lessons learned from Muscat/Oman. Urban Training Institute (UTI), GLTN’s Arab Land Initiative, UN Habitat.

Annisa, S. (2020): ‘Understanding the housing needs of low-skilled Bangladeshi migrants in Oman: Study Cases: A labour camp and a migrant neighbourhood’. In: A. Ley, A. U. Rahman and J. Fokdal (eds), Housing and Human Settlements in a World of Change. Transcript, Bielefeld, Germany, pp. 119-128.

El-Shahat, M. & Annisa, S. (2019): Transdisciplinarity in Participation Under A New Paradigm, Whose knowledge counts? The meaning of co-productive processes for urban development and urban research, Urban Studies (under publication)

Annisa, S. (2019): ‘Adaptive behaviour of Bangladeshi low-skilled immigrants in Muscat’. In: 12th conference of IFOU: Beyond Resilience. Jakarta, Indonesia 24-26 June 2010, Jakarta: IFOU, pp. 592-602.

Annisa, S. (2018): Livelihood strategies of Bangladeshi low-skilled migrants living in Oman and their appropriation of space. Master Thesis, University of Stuttgart, Germany.

El-Shahat, M.; Annisa, S. (2018): EZBET five years of experience. Stuttgart, University of Stuttgart. ISBN: 9783930548422.