Sombol Mokhles

University Graduate Research Scholarship - “Climate change experimentation in international city networks”


As a PhD candidate at ABP funded by Melbourne University’s Graduate Research Scholarship, Sombol is passionate about alleviating inequalities in tackling climate change.

Her PhD is about “An Evidence-based Approach to Climate Change Experimentation in International City Networks”. She intends to explore manifold factors of climate change actions and learning between similar cities (based on their climate actions) in international city networks to encourage more vulnerable cities to take action.

Sombol received her MPhil Architecture and Urban Studies (First-Class Hons.) from the University of Cambridge 2018-2019 and she holds MSc, Urban Design (First-Class Hons.), and BSc, Architecture (First-Class Hons.) from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran. Her MPhil was on the role of place-making in women’s living experience in an informal settlement in Iran from the well-being perspective. Besides being an Omid-Cambridge Trust scholar, she was awarded Queens’ College studentship and Kettle’s Yard Travel Award to undertake her research. To elaborate on women’s different geographies of place in informal settlements, she relied on her experience as an urban designer in regeneration plans in Iran.

Having a background in architecture and urban design with professional experience on national and local projects in Iran, she is interested in qualitative and data-driven research to integrate design, policy, socio-cultural context, and multi-level governance responses to inequalities.

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