Profile of Ms Rozana Darwich University Paris Sorbonne

Rozana Darwich

I am a passionate architect, urban planner. My passion for development led to me to expand my architectural practice and pursue urban planning studies. This has puts me in a more convenient spot to contribute to a core value of mine namely "Making better places". My passion for improving the built environment by working directly with the people concerned, instilling positive influence on the lives of the people in any said city, set me onto the “development track” where I tried my best to convert those passions into reality through the numerous roles in my career.

General research interests

I am generally interested in Urban Studies which are linked to regional and long-term comprehensive planning, strategic spatial planning, planning instruments, planning theory with a special focus on local governance, participation, and civic engagement.

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

Strategic Spatial Planning episode “à la Libanaise”: The untold story behind regional planning in tension between national and international recipes

PhD Abstract

In recent years there have been many political and academic debates concerning new planning tools and modes of governance, which are increasingly based on participatory approaches. They aimed at enlarging the scope of ‘plan-based’ planning to ‘process-based’ as a mean to overcome the spatial limitations and rigidities of traditional/statutory planning. This thesis aims at analyzing, strategic spatial planning, which is one of the widespread approaches, in the Lebanese context. This is accomplished by focusing on three dimensions; the way through which strategic planning was transferred to the Lebanese context, the echo of this transfer at the
local and national level and the capacity of strategic planning to guide the national regulatory planning framework. Through the investigation of “Strategic Planning à la Libanaise”, the research presents evidence of the localization of an international recipe transferred to unions of municipalities through a process of knowledge transfer. By drawing attention to the limitations of localization, the thesis highlights the particularity of the Lebanese territory, as well as its symptomatic interdependence with the internal politics and communities. This has resulted in the emergence of a hybrid institutional planning system that encompasses two tracks, formal and informal. This research project examines how both are significant demonstrations of SP
intertwinement with the dynamics of the nation-state and its local politics, which shape development and consequently affect the Lebanese episode of strategic planning.