Dr Magda Sibley - Research
Dr Magda Sibley 's research interests focus on the following areas:
- Heritage led sustainable urban regeneration in the world heritage cities of North Africa and the Middle East. She has been awarded various research grants from the Arts and Humanities research Council and the EU to investigate the transformations of heritage buildings in the 21st Century with particular focus on the revitalisation of public baths (hammams) as key sustainable urban and social facilities. She has also a research interest in the transformation of residential quarters and the modifications made to the traditional courtyard houses to meet the requirements of an ongoing gentrifying process brought about by tourism.
- The reinterpretation of courtyard housing typology as an urban matrix for sustainable low -rise high density cities.
- Passive low energy principles in Mediterranean vernacular architecture and their re-interpretation in contemporary architecture projects with particular focus on ecotourism .
- Climate change agenda and its impact on building regulations and architectural practices with particular focus on the North-South transfer of know how.
Dr Sibley has attracted £335, 787 of research grants from various bodies. A selection is outlined below.
- Jan 2009-2012 (EU – Euromed): HAMMAMED
- June 2006-Nov 2009 (AHRC): The historic Islamic baths of North Africa and their survival into the 21st century
- Dec 2007-11 (EPSRC): SURegen - Integrated Decision Support System for Sustainable Urban Regeneration
- Sept 2005-08 (EU – FP6): HAMMAM: Aspects and Multidisciplinary Methods of Analysis for the Mediterranean Region
- June 2005-06 (British Academy): The end of Mamluk Dhiban: Integrating archaeological research, local history, and site development (Co-applicant)
- June 2003-04 (AHRC): The historic Islamic baths of Syria: An analytical survey
- June 2003-04 (AHRC): Transformations of courtyard houses in the World Heritage cities of Fez and Mexico City: A comparative analysis
- May 2002 (RDF - University of Liverpool): An investigation into the viability of courtyard housing as a sustainable solution to contemporary low-rise high-density
- Aug 1999-01 (AHRB): Historic Islamic Baths in the Medinas of Fez Morocco