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Rubbina Karruna

DIFID Advisor 

International Advisory Board 

Development for International Development (DIFID)

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I work as a Cities Adviser at the Department for International Development (DFID) where I lead DFID’s policy and international engagement on urban development and housing. I am particularly focused on the economic growth potential of cities and how this can contribute to poverty reduction, but through participatory and inclusive approaches to city building. I am also focused on developing DFID’s housing work exploring approaches to building sustainable models for housing provision linked to the wider spatial development of cities.


Previously I worked as a DFID Research Adviser, designing and managing research focused on adolescent girls empowerment, maternal health and urban development. Prior to this I worked as an Associate Economist and Senior Policy Adviser at the UK Department for Culture Media and Sport delivering policy and programming across various government initiatives including Olympics, creative industries and arts education.


I studied Urban Economic Development and Planning at UCL’s Development Planning Unit at the Bartlett and International Planning at Westminster University’s Built Environment Faculty. Outside of my day job, I am the Chair of a UK based charity - Architecture sans Fronitere-UK - which focuses on building the capability of all stakeholders to be part of the urbanisation process, supporting increased participation and recognition of all citizens within political, economic and social systems and institutions to ensure a more just urban environment for all.

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