Assaf Dahdah



Aix-Marseille Université (France) – CNRS LEST / TELEMMe

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Assaf Dahdah is doctor in geography. He graduated from Aix-Marseille Université in December 2015. He is post-doctoral fellow at LEST (CNRS – Aix-Marseille Université) and associate research fellow of TELEMMe (CNRS – Aix-Marseille Université). His current research interests include urban marginality, right to the city, international migrations, inequalities and citizenship. Sustained by ethnographic fieldwork his thesis focuses more specifically on the place of migrant workers in the margins of Beirut through mobility, dwelling and ethnic business.

Research project

He analyses how rich and poor Syrian refugees settle in migration, the impact of migration and capital flows on the formal and informal settlement and more specifically on the housing market. Due to an increasing demand, to humanitarian aids as well as the landlords’ interests and strategies, the housing market is deeply transformed causing inflation, self-settled camps as well as the construction of new housing units and the integration of unsuitable buildings into the market. I will focus on capital cities – Beirut and Istanbul – their classy neighbourhoods and outskirts, and also on second-rank cities – Tripoli and Gaziantep – and nearby countryside.


dwelling, housing market, urban marginality, landlords’ interests, inequalities

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