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Conference Paper
Mourad, G., H. A. Khalil, and M. Zayed, "Evaluation of the Situation in Greater Cairo with Regards to Citizen Participation in Urban Governance Through the Emerging Information and Communication Technologies", ISOCARP-OAPA 2017, Portland, USA, 2017. Abstract

The paper evaluates citizen participation in urban governance through the emerging
information and communication technologies in Greater Cairo. It explores one of the local
cases that took advantage of the emerging technologies for participation, and measures
readiness of Greater Cairo inhabitants to participate through these technologies using a
questionnaire survey.

Journal Article
Khalil, H. A. E. E., A. Ibrahim, N. Elgendy, and N. Makhlouf, "Could/should Improving the Urban Climate in Informal Areas of Fast Growing Cities be an Integral Part of Upgrading Processes? Case study, Cairo", Urban Climate, vol. 24, pp. 63-79, 2018. AbstractWebsite

Many researches have highlighted the importance of environmental justice, where healthy environment
is a right to all. Currently, the most vulnerable groups to climate change are low-income urban dwellers, typically residing in urban informalities within cities of the Global South. In Cairo, the awareness about climate change and responsive consumption is minimal and the increase in temperature could have serious effects on residents' health. In 2012, informalities were reported to house two thirds of the population and covered a third of the city's footprint. Thus, this paper highlights the importance of studying environmental performance in informal areas to achieve sustainability and reduce risks. It reviews work related to sustainable urbanization, informal areas, urban heat island and urban climate especially in Cairo. It defines needed parameters and develops an integrated tool to assess comfort in outdoor spaces microclimate. The paper relies on extensive fieldwork, meteorological measurements, socio-environmental surveys, activity mapping and modelling to study both Cairo urban climate and microclimate in one of Cairo's densest informal districts. The paper stresses the possibility of introducing responsive low-tech and low-cost strategies and interventions. This is discussed as an inherent right to marginalized areas and a necessity within a continuous process of urbanization.