Farah Elbehairy

Farah is a research associate at The Business School of Edinburgh Napier University and a doctoral student at the Academy of Architecture of Urban Studies and the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities at Tallinn University of Technology. She is an interdisciplinary urban planner and researcher interested in working at the intersection of urban knowledge, technology, and innovation.

She holds a master's degree in Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) from Ain Shams University. Farah received an Erasmus scholarship for a master's exchange semester at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Her master's thesis, "Knowledge Co-Production: An Innovation Model Towards Institutionalization for the Case of Cairo - Rethinking the Relationship between Knowledge and Action through the Case of Cairo Urban Initiatives," discussed urban knowledge systems in Egypt. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, Urban Planning, and Design from Ain Shams University, Egypt.

Over the past years, Farah has been a Senior Researcher at the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) at the American University in Cairo, where she worked on the responsible governance of artificial intelligence and data for development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Farah was also a speaker at the 'AfricAI Conference 2023' in Kigali, Rwanda, co-organized by GIZ FAIR Forward, IDRC, and Niyel under the theme "Advancing responsible and open AI ecosystems in Africa."

In her PhD, Farah focuses on building capacities and governance mechanisms for sustainable smart city transitions, with a particular interest in the role played by the public sector.


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