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Asifa Iqbal wants you to feel safe in parks and green spaces

2020-03-16 

Growing up in Pakistan has spurred Asifa Iqbal to research which types of environments create feelings of insecurity and how we can construct areas where people feel safe. Now she teaches future spatial planners.

Asifa Iqbal, undervisar samhällsplanerare. Forskar om säkra platser i byggd miljö.

Asifa Iqbal. Photo: Britt Mattsson

Asifa Iqbal is originally an architect, which was also her profession in Pakistan until she departed ten years ago to attend a master’s programme. She chose Sweden. She began her research and received her doctoral degree from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm before moving to Gävle.

At KTH, she got a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering in spatial planning and a doctoral degree in property and construction.

– I have researched how parks and green spaces affect people’s behaviour and how this in turn affects house prices in the area. What kind of emotions do you feel when visiting a certain environment? This gives us insight into how we create open spaces that are safe and inclusive to all who visit them. By designing the built environment in a specific way, we can eliminate crime through design.

Text: Anna Sällberg

Asifa Iqbal, undervisar samhällsplanerare. Forskar om säkra platser i byggd miljö.

Asifa Iqbal. Photo: Britt Mattsson

Contact

Asifa Iqbal

Telefon: 070-839 41 00

E-post: asifa.iqbal@hig.se

Published by: Anna Sällberg Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2020-03-16
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