Alexandre Frediani

Principal researcher, Human Settlements

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

Alexandre Apsan Frediani specialises on issues around human development in cities of the global South. His work explores participatory approaches to planning and design of interventions in informal settlements in cities in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Alexandre is an expert affiliate of Architecture Sans Frontières UK, a fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association, and part of the boards of Habitat International Coalition and the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre.

In October 2020, Alexandre was elected as a fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association, joining the likes of Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum and Frances Stewart.


Urban planning, human development, social mobilisation, housing, and poverty.

Before IIED

Associate professor at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London.


  • PhD in Planning, Oxford Brookes University
  • BSc in Development Studies and Journalism, University of Central Lancashire

Current work

Alexandre is working on the research projects ‘Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW)’, leading a work package on ‘translating research into practice’, and ‘Transforming Universities for Climate Change’, leading work package on ‘universities as change-makers’. Alexandre also leads research engagement on the role of civic urban media in advancing right to the city.