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Dr. Maria Jesus Alfaro

Dr. Maria Jesus Alfaro

architect and urban social researcher

Bio

Maria Jesus Alfaro-Simmonds is an architect and urban social researcher. Her interests lay at the interplay between wellbeing, everyday urban experiences, urban childhoods, and socio-cultural inequalities. She holds a master’s degree in construction and real estate management and has recently completed a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Birmingham. Her research explores young people’s and families’ everyday experiences, needs, and use of urban spaces, including issues around sociability, accessibility, belonging, safety, and quality of the built environment through the lens of happiness and wellbeing. Lately she has co-edited “A modern guide to wellbeing research” released by Edward Elgar publishers in June 2021. Recently she has been awarded an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship to explore ways of translating children’s voices regarding their environment into social policy in Latin American contexts.