Karim Hadjri

Professor Karim Hadjri

Head of School

Dip.Arch, MPhil, PhD

Room 13.07
T: 0114 222 0307
E: k.hadjri@sheffield.ac.uk

I am an architect, and hold a Master of Philosophy (1989) and a Doctor of Philosophy (1992) in housing studies completed at the Joint Centre for Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. I worked as a scholar in the United Kingdom (Queen’s University Belfast), UAE and Saudi Arabia, and managed academic units and research centres in both Cyprus and Colombia. I have been teaching architecture at undergraduate and postgraduate levels since 1993.

Teaching Activities

ARC103/ARC153 Humanities 1
ARC6710 Advanced Study and Research Methods
MArch Dissertations

Administrative Roles

Head of School

Research Interests

My research explores the influence of the built environment on various user groups, including people with physical, sensory and cognitive impairments. My current research interests are concerned with the challenges of designing age-friendly environments, as well as enabling environments particularly for people with dementia.

PhD Students

Amy Jingjing Wang
Talal Alshammari

PhD supervision interests

  • Inclusive/age-friendly design
  • Ageing-in-place: accessible design
  • Design for health and wellbeing
  • Design of dementia-friendly environments
  • Design of enabling environments
Grants, Awards and Consultancy

'Optimising care delivery models to support ageing-in-place: towards autonomy, affordability and financial sustainability – ODESSA’. Euro-China UPC. ESRC Grant ES/L016095/1. Funded by ESRC, ANR, DFG, NOW & NSFC. In collaboration with Tsinghua University, Beijing China, Université Paris-Dauphine and Institut de Géographie, Université Sorbonne, Paris, France. 36 months (1 March 2015-28 Feb. 2018). €1m. Project coordinator.

‘OIKOnet: A global multidisciplinary network on housing research and learning’. Funded under EU Lifelong Learning Programme, European Commission. 36 Months (Oct. 2013 - Sept. 2016). €700k. Work package leader (housing research).

Professional Standing and Distinctions

Panel member. Social Sciences Review Panel. Newton Fund. British Council.

Member of the Peer Review College. Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC). October 2015-September 2019.

Reviewer for ESRC; EPSRC; Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst / German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Portuguese Research Council, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).

Reviewer for several refereed journals (HERD; Cities; Cultural Geographies; Facilities; Engineering Sustainability; Urban Design International; IJAR).

Reviewer for Academic Promotion (University of Liverpool; Bilkent University, Ankara; Kumasi, Ghana).

Member of the Advisory Board. Mario: Managing Active and healthy aging with use of caRing servIce robots. EU funded project. NUI Galway, Ireland.

Conference Chair and member of the Scientific Committee. OIKONET third Conference, ‘Global Dwelling: Sustainability, Design and Participation’, University of Central Lancashire, 23 September 2016.

External Examiner. Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Northumbria, Architecture BA (Hons), 2016 -.

Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects - RIBA Validation Board (Accreditation).

Odessa focus group in China Odessa Assistive Technology Models in China


A list of key publications can be found below. For a full list of recent publications please click here.

Journal articles