Nicholas Simcik-Arese

Nicholas is a DPhil candidate in Geography and the Environment and a Postgraduate Associate at the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities. His interests fall at the intersection of socio-cultural, legal, architectural and linguistic practices in the production and appropriation of the city, with particular attention to poverty and migration.

His research explores conceptions of property and narratives of the commons by Cairo’s urban poor and youth during political transition.  He is comparing emerging forms of cooperativism and customary tenure in the occupation of gated affordable housing schemes and in encroachments on military land at the urban periphery, towards implications for youth-committee local governance initiatives.

Nicholas holds Bachelor’s degrees in Political Economy and in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master’s in Contemporary Urbanism from the London School of Economics, and an AADiploma/RIBA Part 2 from the Architectural Association. He has experience working for UN-Habitat and various non-governmental organisations.