Dr. Nabil Kamel earned a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from UCLA where he was affiliated with the Institute of Transportation Studies, North American Integration and Development Center (NAID), the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, the Anderson Forecast, and other leading research and policy centers. He taught at UCLA and ASU prior to joining WWU in 2015. Dr. Kamel’s academic interests address issues of social and environmental justice, uneven urban development, and urban informality. His areas of professional expertise include housing and community development, urban design, regional and international development, and long-term post-disaster recovery planning.
Dr. Kamel teaches courses in planning theory, political economy of urbanization, social justice and the city, and urban design. He also teach a summer global studies course: “the City and Everyday Life” in Southern Italy.
His most recent projects cover a broad range of issues, from the effects of urban changes on the music industry ecosystem in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC, to homelessness in the state of Washington. Currently, he is working on investigating the relationship between urban informality, new social movements, and spaces of resistance in the margins of US cities. His forthcoming plan is to explore the reconstruction urban spaces and everyday life in refugee camps in various parts of the world.
Dr. Kamel is a film aficionado, and prior to the disruption caused by COVID-19, he was a member of Pickford Film Center. He is currently (2020) an affiliate with the Border Policy Research Institute at WWU, a member of WWU Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC), member of the Community and Equity Committee of the Environmental Studies department, an executive member of United Faculty of Western Washington, a core faculty with the Urban Planning and Sustainable Development program, and chair of the Graduate Committee of the department of Environmental Studies.