Project Investigators

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Dr Gehan Selim
Principal Investigator
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Dr Monther Mahmoud Jamhawi
Principal Investigator
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Co-Investigator
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Co-Investigator

Gehan Selim is an Associate Professor in Architecture & Urbanism at University of Leeds and Fellow of the Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Dr Selim is an active researcher in Architecture, Urban Theory and Visualisation bridging between the social (people), the physical (buildings) and the urban (city).

Dr Jamhawi is Associate Professor in the College of Architecture and Design at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) with research interests in conservation and management of cultural resources, sustainable tourism and community development, and the use of ICT applications in heritage interpretation and management.  Dr Jamhawi was the Director General of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan for five years from 2013 until 2018.

Shouib Nouh Ma’bdeh is an Assistant Professor currently serving as the chairman of the Department of Architecture and Design at Jordan University of Science and Technology.

Dr Ma’bdeh teaches architecture design studios, supervising master  and undergraduate students, and works as an environmental consultant. Current researches are related to social sustainability in traditional architecture and affordable homes. Mabdeh is an active member in different committees advocating the practice of green architecture and raising the awareness towards local environment.

As the department chairman, Ma’bdeh encourages and works toward merging current and up-to-date technological media and architecture as a tool toward sustainable communities.

Dr Shatha Abu-Khafajah graduated as an architect from the University of Jordan in 1997. She specialized in documentation and conservation of archaeological heritage while doing her master degree in archaeology. Her PhD in cultural heritage management from Newcastle University, acquired in 2007, enabled her to synthesise architecture and archaeology with special interest in establishing a sustainable approach to heritage management in the Arab region that is community-based and context-oriented. She is currently an associate professor at the Hashemite University in Jordan. She is the winner of the 2019 CBRL best article prize.

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Dr He Wang
Co-Investigator
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Research Fellow

Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem is Chair in Architecture and the Director of the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage at Nottingham Trent University with over 20 years of experience in architectural practice & education. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the 2014 recipient of the Jeffrey Cook Award of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). Professor Abdelmonem's research has informed the policy and practice of governments and international organisations on sustainable Living, architecture of home, heritage preservation, urban planning and design. ​

Dr He Wang is a Lecturer in the School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK. He is the Director of High Performance Graphics and Game Engineering and Reach Lead of the Centre for Immersive Technology.

His current research interests are in computer graphics, computer vision and machine learning and their applications. Previously Dr Wang was a Postdoctoral Associate at Disney Research Los Angeles having previously completed doctoral and post-doctoral research on motion control of character, deformable object control and 3D scene analysis in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to undertaking his doctoral research Dr Wang worked in industry for 4 years after graduating from College of Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University, China

Dr Holland is an Archaeologist and Digital Heritage specialist.  His background is in forensic archaeology and the application of digital technology to research questions in archaeological and forensic sciences.

Prior to joining the project he carried out research into digital approaches to the cultural heritage at the University of Bradford where he  led the digitisation for a number of JISC and AHRC funded  projects including  Digitised Diseases.

He completed a PhD in digital archaeology including international collaborations with the Turkana Basin Institute in Illeret Kenya and MONREPOS archaeological research centre and a museum for the human behavioural evolution in Germany. 
His research interests lie in developing accessible digital heritage tools to promote and protect cultural heritage with a particular focus on the Middle East.