Professor Deljana Iossifova

Trustee tenure: 2017-Present

University of Manchester
School of Environment, Education and Development
Humanities Bridgeford Street – Room 1.6
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Deljana Iossifova

Deljana Iossifova is Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at the University of Manchester, where she is also Academic Director of the Confucius Institute. She is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Architecture (Royal Institute of British Architects) and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the AzuKo Foundation. Iossifova leads a portfolio of research on sustainable infrastructure and transitions. This includes the analysis of urban infrastructural entanglements with social and environmental systems. She has worked on complex urban transformations (ESRC Strategic Network DACAS), cities and biodiversity and the human ecosystems of ageing.

Her main research focus is on the Global East and South, including China, Japan, Bulgaria, India, sub-Saharan Africa and Brazil. Trained as an architect at ETH Zurich, she practised in Germany, China, Japan and the USA before earning a PhD in Social Engineering (Public Policy Design) at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Iossifova is the author of Translocal Ageing in the Global East (Palgrave, 2020) and lead editor of Urban Infrastructuring (Springer, 2022) and Defining the Urban (Routledge, 2018).