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Dimah holds BArch in Architectural Engineering and Planning (awarded first class honors) and PGDipArch in Architecture and Urban Design (Distinction). Owing to the first rank she achieved in Architectural Engineering in 2006, based on which she won in the national competition for external delegation and scholarships which runs every 5 years, she had been awarded a fully funded scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning in the USA and a PhD degree in Urban Planning in the UK. 

Dimah holds a master’s degree (MURP) in Urban and Regional Planning (Distinction) and a PGDip in Urban Design and Physical Planning (awarded a full grade and first-class honors) from the State University of New York. Both the MURP and PGDip Urban Design degrees are fully accredited by the American Planning Association/APA. In the UK, her PhD research is on the UK’s devolution and planning, governance and financial arrangements, prosperity, and economic development. Along with the academic and research career, she works in architectural design, urban design, and planning consultation since 2006.

Teaching

Dimah delivered architectural design, urban design, and town planning courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Faculties of Architecture and Planning at Damascus University (Principal Lecturer) and at the Arab European University (Senior Lecturer) for four years (2006-2010). Currently, she is a lecturer at the School of Architecture and Cities, and the School of Business at the University of Westminster and a visiting lecturer at the Business School at the University of Greenwich. In both universities, she supervises UG & PG dissertations and teaches a wide range of interdisciplinary subjects; urban planning, regeneration, housing, architecture, urban design, public policy, sustainability, tourism, events, hospitality, airline and airport management, and marketing for the Business Administration/ MBA program at Greenwich University.

With regards to teaching qualifications in the UK, she holds PGDips in Research Skills and Methods from the University College London/UCL in 2013, a PGDips in Higher Education Teaching Skills: Teaching, Learning and Assessment program from the University of Greenwich in 2017, Technology-Enhanced Learning Programs for Higher Education from the University of Greenwich in 2017, Mphil in research methods and skills from the University of Greenwich (2018), and a PGDips from the E.S.R.C. Economic and Social Research Council/ University of East Anglia Program on HE Teaching skills in 2018. 

Dimah is a member in the Quality Assurance for Academic Curriculums and Teaching in higher education. She is a qualified academic trainer by the International Labour Organization (ILO), SHABAB (Strategy Highlighting and Building Abilities for Business) and Know About Business (KAB) for employability within the higher education curriculum.

Research

Dimah started her academic research as a Research Fellow where she published a number of journal articles in architecture, regeneration, urban design, urban planning, housing, and tourism. Her master’s degree dissertation in the USA titled; Local Governments' Urban Design and Planning Strategies and Policies, a comparative case study was published by the University of New York Press and by ProQuest in 2012 and was reserved in the collection of the American Library of Congress in 2012. In the USA, she co-authored a number of publications and worked in teams on key regeneration, community, and urban planning projects in New York, one of them won two planning professional awards granted by the American Planning Association/ APA New York Upstate Chapter (the first award: 2012 planning Excellence Award: Outstanding Project, for the project: Against the Grain: A New Direction for the Old First Ward, and the second award for: Making Great Communities Happen- Reconsidering Atlantis: Inside Buffalo's Grain Elevators).

Dimah is a reviewer at one of the top journals in tourism: Tourism Geographies (Published by Routledge / Taylor & Francis), editor/reviewer at the International Journal of Tourism Cities (IJTC), and editor/eviewer at IGI global of Sustainable Tourism. Her most recent publications was for Routledge on the tourist routes of the historical city of Damascus. 

Interdisciplinary research interests; architecture, urban and regional planning, spatial planning, strategic planning, urban design, community-led regeneration, urban regeneration, prosperity, local economic development, decentralization, devolution, localism, multi-level governance, heritage, tourism and public policy, tourism marketing and governance, community-led tourism, cultural tourism, tourism policy and planning, tourism in the developing world, events, hospitality, airline and airport planning and management, & Marketing.

Professional Membership

·      Tourism and Events Research Group- University of Westminster

·      The Tourism Research Centre- University of Greenwich

·      International Tourism Studies Association- ITSA

·      Tourism Management Institute/ TMI

·      Institute of Hospitality- Affiliate Member

·      Greenwich Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance & Accountability 

·      Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC)- University of Greenwich

·      American Planning Association/ APA

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.