Assoc. Prof. Dr. Manal El-Shahat

Assoc. Prof. Dr.   Manal El-Shahat

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Manal El-Shahat

Visiting Researcher 04/2020–03/2022

Degree: Ph.D., Title: “Sustainable Urban Transport in Historical Cities” from Ain Shams University Prof. Dr. Shafak El-Wakeel with the supervision of Prof. Dr. Helmut Bott, SI Institute, Stuttgart University.

Fellowship: Ph. D. Researcher, Stadtebau Institut , Stuttgart University, Germany.

Degree: M.Sc. Title: “General Parks in Different Levels as a Component of City Planning”, Ain Shams University

Degree: Professional Diploma in Environmental Engineering, American University in Cairo (AUC), Department of Engineering.

Degree: B.Sc. Architectural engineering, Urban Planning Major, Ain Shams University. Cumulative grade: Distinction. Graduation project: Distinction.

CV Summary

Manal El-Shahat (M.Sc., Ph.D) is an Associate Professor in the Urban Planning and Design Department (UPDD) at Ain Shams University (ASU) on leave. She is currently preparing the project “Cairo Labs”, a cooperation of the Ain Shams University and the Department of International Urbanism at the University of Stuttgart to promote knowledge production and exchange between the two universities

Dr. El-Shahat has over twenty years of teaching experience as an academic teacher and researcher in Egypt and Germany in addition to more than nine years of experience in the private sector. In 1997, she graduated from ASU and was immediately employed as a lecturer at the University. She received her Master’s and PhD Degrees from ASU in 2000 and 2005 respectively. A major part of her PhD research work was conducted at the Städtebau Institut (SI) in Stuttgart, Germany – within a fellowship of an universities exchange program. During 2006, she joined Prof. Bott’s research group at the SI where her teaching and research activities have extensively augmented, related to the Historic Arab and Islamic cities. From 2011 until 2013, she worked as the research programme coordinator for SI and Faculty of Architecture, German University in Cairo (GUC). A topic which never ceased to halt her interest nor her passion is the research about developmental processes of informal settlements which she has been lately investigating for over fifteen years. In this context, she worked as Senior Researcher, Director and Founder of the “EZBET Project” at the Department of International Urbanism. In addition to that, she was the project manager of an interdisciplinary research project entitled as: “Integrated housing with Immigrants” at the Department Sociology of Architecture and Housing at the University of Stuttgart.




El-Shahat, M.; Zimmerman, S. (2016): ‘Designing urban interventions based on Ethnography: Experiences from Informal Settlement in Cairo’. In: Quartiersentwicklung im Globalen Süden (conference paper, June 2016).

El-Shahat, M.; Hosni, J. (2015): ‘Participatory Model Using The Tools of Academic Research in Informal Areas’. In: MENA Region Development 2015: Conference at the American University in Cairo (AUC), New Cairo, Egypt, March 16-18, 2015. (Under Publication)

Church, D.; El-Shahat, M.; Erl, T. (2014): ‘Konzepte für Nachhaltige Quartiere’. In: Bott, Helmut; Grassl, Gregor: Nachhaltige Stadtplanung: Konzepte für nachhaltige Quartiere. München: Detail Verlag, ISBN 978-3-95553-193-5

El-Shahat, M. (2013): ‘Towards a Sustainable Youth Housing in Egypt’. Conference paper – Sustainable Building Conference, April 2013

Bott, H.; El-Shahat, M. (2013): ‘Al-Azhar UniverCity in Cairo’. In: Architectural International Journal in China, 2013.

El-Shahat, M.; El-Khateeb, S. (2012): ‘Empowering People in Egyptian Informal Areas by Planning – Towards an Intelligent Model of Participatory planning’. Conference Paper at the International Conference: Cities to Be Tamed? Standards and Alternatives in the spatial transformation of the urban South, Department of Architecture and Planning (DiAP) and School of Architecture and Society / Politecnico di Milano, Conference proceedings published in Planum – The Journal of Urbanism, November 2012.