Dr Sana Murrani, Associate Professor in Spatial Practice, is an experimental architect focused on the imaginative negotiations of spatial practices and social justice. She is founder of the Justice and Imagination in Global Displacement research collective and the Displacement Studies Research Network that collaborate with displaced communities and inform policy and practice.
Empowering displaced people on a global platform
Sana’s Displacement Studies Research Network uniquely works at the intersection of displacement, heritage and creativity to enhance the impact and power of the communities’ creative agency, culture, heritage and well-being. The network has members from all over the world with expertise from literature to urban mapping, disaster risk management to psychology and much in between. The initiative is dedicated to partnerships that collaborate with displaced communities and work to respond to and inform policy and practice.
Sana is now evolving the network into the Justice and Imagination in Global Displacement Research Collective, uniting disciplines such as architecture, art practice and psychology, criminology and global literature, to embed imagination and creativity in research practices involving displaced communities for a person-centred approach that prioritises co-design and lived experiences.
Stay at home. Is it really that simple?
‘Stay at home’ – a phrase that has almost become a mantra for many over the past year. However, over 79 million people worldwide are currently displaced, with many forced to leave their homes because of war, civil unrest, or in the aftermath of natural disasters. When you no longer reside in the place you had called home, what meaning does ‘home’ take on? Read more about the meaning of home
Mapping memories to recover and reclaim heritage
Sana’s expertise is in the area of architecture and design spanning the impacts of transient conditions of war, conflict and displacement, and how communities respond creatively to their built environment and practices of home-making. In collaboration with the British Red Cross and funded by the European Cultural Foundation, ‘Creative Recovery: Mapping Refugees’ Memories of Home, as Heritage’ is co-produced creative research with refugees from multiple countries living in the South West UK. The refugees shared their experiences and recollections and created a selection of exhibits, visual material, digital maps and models that went on public display.
The person behind the pioneer
What is home? What does home mean to you?
To enquire about future collaborations, please contact Dr Sana Murrani
People who are subjected to traumatic events where they had to adopt a different way of navigating their world and environment, tend to become more spatially aware and cognitively spatially intelligent.
I’m interested in learning how people at times of war and conflict improvised spaces in their environment for protection and how these lessons could aid new ways of thinking for the humanitarian fields of architecture and design. We should recognise and celebrate these spatial responses as forms of resilience in people more often.
Dr Sana Murrani