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Cllr. Prof. Samer Bagaeen

SpecialityCouncillor, Brighton and Hove City Council


Professor Samer Bagaeen was elected to Brighton and Hove City Council in May 2019. Samer is a Chartered Town Planner, a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

In addition to sitting on the Local Outbreak Emergency Board for Brighton & Hove, Samer sits on the Health & Wellbeing Board and on the Climate Assembly Advisory Board. He also sits on the Greater Brighton Economic Board Infrastructure Panel.

Until recently, he worked from the RICS in London as the Thought Leadership Relationships Manager  and before that he worked with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation as Associate Director with the City Relationships team where he delivered cross-cutting urban resilience strategies for Amman, Ramallah, Rome and Byblos.

Samer joined the University of Kent as Professor of Planning in Canterbury in April 2018 working in close partnership with the Kent Planning Officers Group to set up a planning school in the county. He previously established the planning school in Brighton 2008 with seed funding from DCLG at the time. At the Kent School of Architecture & Planning, Samer manages the Spark 5 – Cultural Co-Location project with the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and Thurrock Council as part of the wider Creative Estuary work in the region.

Samer served as a Trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association (2015-2020) and as a Trustee of the RTPI (2016-2017). He is currently a member of the RTPI’s General Assembly.