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Knowledge-sharing, mentoring and thinking forums

We participate actively in knowledge-sharing, tutoring and mentoring and in leading the international debate on the development of cities and regions. We hold lectures and tailored interactive workshops and we are involved in academic and scientific committees' activity. 

You are welcome to contact us for more information and discussion on how we can help on

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Sustainable Cities Lab for Saudi women architects and planners


16 - 19 th January, London & Oxford


Platforms designed and organised this important knowledge and interactive Lab in London and Oxford in collaboration with Arab Urban Development Institute AUDI, University of Westminster, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and a group of high-level professionals from leading consultancies and academics from the UK and KSA, including Atkins, Aecom, Prince Sultan University, Dar El-Hekmeh University and others. The Lab has been an innovative knowledge forum gathering Saudi and UK participants from several organisations to discuss the implementation of KSA Vision 2030 and the future of Saudi Cities exploring highly debated issues as sustainability, resilience, wellbeing and community involvement.


Building a strong women academics and professional network around the development of cities was one of the targets of the Lab.


The outcomes of the insightful discussions are being gathered in a Visions Book coming soon!

Read more here

Harbor-front redevelopment and coastal management with focus on North European cities: Working for more thriving cities and regions

19 April 2017, American University in Sharjah, UAE


Roudaina gave the lecture as an inspiration to the debate on waterfronts, port development and coastal areas in the United Arab Emirates, taking a starting point in North European cities' strategies and the conclusions of the 15th World Conference on Port Cities in 2016 in which I chaired sessions. Emphasis was placed on enabling sustainable, smart and resilient port cities and regions.

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Recent UN and EU Sustainable Development Policies SDG  - Post 2015: What Challenges for Planning and Governance?


20 July 2016, World Association for Sustainable Development WASD


Roudaina held a lecture at WASD 14th International Conference Europe at a Cross Road - The Challenge for Future Sustainable Development, London, Canary Wharf.

Involvement in the International Ports and Cities Debate -

15th World Conference Cities and Ports


October  2016, Rotterdam. Arranged by Worldwide Network of Port Cities AIVP, Port of Rotterdam and City of Rotterdam

Roudaina was involved throughout 2016 in the activities of this worldwide influential forum, which gathered over 45 countries:

  • Member of the Scientific and Selection Committee of the Conference.

  • Chair and Co-moderator of one of the Conferences' main topics: Joint Port and City Strategies for Sustainability in a time of uncertainty .

  • Co-auther of the Synthesis of this Topic in collaboration with Senior Urban Planner Walter de Vries, City of Rotterdam. 

Modern industrial port city in change. With focus on the North European context

27 October2016, Oxford Brookes University


Roudaina was invited by the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes to give a lecture in the framework of SPARK Seminar.

Sustainable Cities Workshop

3 Dec 2015, University College London


The theoretical/professional workshop, which Roudaina held at UCL focused on how sustainability emerged as thought and UN goals for sustainability. Roudaina presented examples on sustainable city

strategies and sustainable urban development tools for assessing master plans and urban areas. 

The students' groups discussed and assessed projects they had selected 

beforehand based on the lecture and presented their results. 

Invited by Green Economy Society. 

Sources of Strength and Hope for Syria and the Syrian People


19 April 2016, London 


Roudaina held a talk from the heart including memories and stories from Syria at the Inspired By Syria Event at Rich Mix, London. The storey and music event was produced by Platforms for sustainable cities and regions and the Fifth Quadrant in the framework of the Global Week for Syria.

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Planning Strategies for Waterfront Redevelopment: Copenhagen, Oslo, Gothenburg and Amsterdam - Lecture and Interactive Workshop


11 July 2016, University of Cambridge


Roudaina was invited to hold a lecture and an interactive workshop on stakeholders' involvement for the Masters Programme Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment, University of Cambridge. Based on learning from harbourfront redevelopment in four North European cities, the students were involved in assessing two different redevelopment projects in Oslo and presented their results. 

The Planning System in Syria

2016, International Society of City and Regional Planners ISOCARP


Roudaina Al Khani, Original Chapter on the Planning System in Syria in the World Planning Manual 2015, published by ISOCARP in 2016. 

Main subjects include: Planning Frameworks, Planning Process, including Plan Making, Participation and Appeal Processes, Sustainability and Governance Aspects, Evaluation and Recommendations, particularly with the challenges facing Reconstruction in the country.

Meeting Development and Planning Challenges in North Europe and the Middle East


5 December 2014,  University College London 


Roudaina was invited by University College London, Development Planning Unit DPU as a key speaker to talk about her works at 

the occasion of DPU's 60 years birthday. You can read more using the following link:

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Planning for Sustainable Cities and Regions


4 March 2015, University College London 


Roudaina held a  lecture and participatied in a panel debate on green economy.  Student Green Business Forum 2015, University College London. Read more about the panel here:


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