Moozhan Shakeri

moozhansh@gmail.com | Research Associate

Moozhan Shakeri

I have recently joined Open Lab to work the Digital Local Democracy team on digital placemaking projects.

I have recently received my PhD diploma from University of Manchester. My PhD research (the use of digital games in participatory planning practices) focused on identifying the potential ways in which games can be used in participatory planning practices. As part of my PhD I have done an extensive study of philosophy of game and game design theories, and I have designed, developed and implemented an online game called Mythoplastis. I have also collaborated with other game design teams such as games for cities and Gamebomm in design and development of city games such as Metal Kong.

I got my MSc in Geospatial analysis and earth observation tools for urban planning in 2012 from University of Twente in the Netherlands. Since then I have been involved as a spatial analyst in various projects (e.g. GM poverty monitoring (http://www.gmpovertyaction.org/poverty-monitor/), Commute flow (http://www.commute-flow.net/) ) in the Spatial Policy and Analysis Laboratory (previously known as Centre for Urban Policy Studies) at University of Manchester.

My main research interests are planning theory, the use of new media for participatory practices, digital placemaking, fiction and storytelling.


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