Dalia Wahdan is an independent researcher. She is former associate professor of anthropology at the Foundation for Liberal and Management Education (FLAME University) at Pune, India. She specialises in urban studies and public policies and has a growing list of peer-reviewed academic publications including the book Planning Egypt’s New Settlements: The Politics of Spatial Inequities by Oxford University Press. Her extra-academic engagements include institutional capacity building for public agencies and non-governmental organisations in Egypt and the Gulf States. She was advisor to H.E. the Minister of Economy and Planning, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2016-17 for the development of the national program of social protection and for designing the national youth agenda. She held several research grants from international organisations and currently working on environmental justice in unsafe areas in Cairo under a two-year grant from the Arab Council for the Social Sciences.