Dr Albena Yaneva - Personal details
Role: Reader in Architecture, Co-Director Manchester Architecture Research Centre, Head of Architecture
Tel: 0161 275-6900
Location: Humanities Bridgeford Street-1.15
School of Environment and Development
The University of Manchester
I am a social scientist with a PhD in Sociology from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des mines de Paris (2001) with expertise in design ethnography and cognitive anthropology. I have published extensively in the field of anthropology of art and architecture, spanning the disciplinary boundaries of architecture, sociology, science studies and political philosophy. My work has been translated in German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. My main contribution to urban research includes the introduction of ethnography methods in architectural discourse. My project 'An Ethnography of Architecture' was awarded the RIBA President's Award for Outstanding University-located Research in 2010.
Recently, I completed the project 'Mapping Controversies in Architecture', published as a monograph in 2012 and as a research-based teaching platform for studying controversies surrounding urban design available here
I have presented over 50 international invited lectures and keynotes, including in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA.
I am a member of the Peer Review College of the AHRC and the ESRC, and I review proposals for the National Science Foundations of USA, Switzerland, Austria, and the Netherlands. I perform review services for several international peer-reviewed journals in the fields of architecture, cultural geography and social sciences, serve as PhD external examiner and tenure reviewer, book proposal reviewer for Routledge and Ashgate, and sit in the Editorial Board of the international academic journal City, Culture and Society (Elsevier).