Dissertation Title: Urban Heritage as a Driver for Community Development

Supervisor: Prof. Silke Weidner


Zain´s doctoral thesis focuses on Urban Heritage as a Driver for Community Development with the emphasis on the factors that influence the success of community development plans using heritage resources in urban historic centers.

Short Bio:
Zain is currently a PHD candidate in Heritage Studies at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus. She holds a Master and BSc degrees in Architecture with research focus on Heritage Management and Conservation.

She worked as a project Manager at ENPI CBC MED PROGRAMME - I AM Project “International Augmented Med” at the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (DoA), and a project coordinator for 2 EU funded projects, which were concentrated on promoting socio-economic sustainable development through innovative technological actions, as well as improving the local governance processes through exchange of good practices, pilots and training in geospatial technologies. She also worked as a part time lecturer at Department of City Planning and Design in the College of Architecture and Design at Jordan University of Science and Technology. She has a good expertise in strategic planning, the nomination of properties for inscription on the world heritage list, archeological research, organizing local and international conferences and workshops, in addition to the architectural design and related works.

Her research interests are in heritage restoration and revitalization, tourism development, and IT applications in heritage management. She has been participating as a lecturer in many training workshops that was dealing with geospatial analysis and the virtual reality of heritage sites, and she has four published papers in this field.