Professor Samer Bagaeen is Thought Leadership Relationships Manager with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in London. He is Founding Professor of Planning & Urban Resilience at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, and before that, he worked with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation as Associate Director with the City Relationships team where he delivered resilience strategies for Amman, Ramallah, Rome and Byblos. Samer was elected as a Councillor to Brighton and Hove City Council in May 2019.

Samer established the urban planning school in Brighton in the UK in 2008 and before that worked at the universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde. He served as Director of Urban Studies at the National Resources Investment and Development Cooperation (Mawared) in Jordan with responsibility for master planning former military sites. In the late 1990s, he served as the training programme and master plan coordinator with the Geneva based NGO, the Welfare Association’s Old City of Jerusalem Revitalisation Programme. He was based in Jerusalem for two years.

Some of his recent published books in the United Kingdom include Sustainable Regeneration of Former Military Sites (Routledge, 2016) and Beyond Gated Communities (Foreword by Saskia Sassen) (Routledge 2015). Samer is a serving Trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association, the world’s oldest town planning charity in London, and of Resilience Brokers, a UK-based global impact movement. He had previously served as a Trustee of the Royal Town Planning Institute in London.