Abdulrhman Alsayel

  • External PhD candidate , IHS

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Research interests

Abdulrhman Alsayel is passionate to build a place that builds people, specialized in built environment sustainability, mainly in inclusive urban prosperity and place branding issues.

Mr. Alsayel is now a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Housing and Urban Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before that, he led the youth engagement unit at UN-Habitat in its Future Saudi Cities Program, in the capacity of Youth and Advocacy Lead consultant, since July 2017.  He also works for Imam Abdulrhman Bin Faisal University as a lecturer, and before that was a research assistant for the Aramco Chair for Traffic Safety. He chaired the Youth Committee at King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue in Eastern Province, where he is also a licensed coach in the community dialogue course. 

Mr. Alsayel received his education in sustainability, planning and environmental policy from Cardiff University (UK) from its School of Geography and Planning. His dissertation title was “Online participatory platforms as a tool for effective interaction of public participation within urban development of Saudi Arabia.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning engineering from the University of Dammam., and holds a certificate of professional development in leadership from PWC in the UK.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Sustainability Planning & Environmental Policy, Cardiff University

21 Sept 201521 Sept 2016

Award Date: 8 Feb 2017

Bachelor, Urban and Regional Planning, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

21 Sept 20081 May 2013

Award Date: 6 May 2013


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