SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Reza Masoudi-Nejad

BArch/MArch (University of Tehran), MSc (UCL), PhD (UCL)
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Reza Masoudi-Nejad
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

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Dr Reza Masoudi-Nejad
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Reza is an architect and urban morphologist, interested in the interaction between society and space with a focus on the broad idea of ritual. He received his PhD from UCL (2009) then was a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG), Germany (2009-11). Reza’s doctoral dissertation, The Rite of Urban Passage, focused on exploring the social dynamics through the spatial transformation of religious processions in Iranian cities since the 1920s. His project at MPI-MMG, Rituals and Socio-Spatial Negotiations in Mega-Cities, was aimed at exploring rituals in public spaces as one of the mediums by which diverse ethnicities practise social division, intimacy, and integration in Mumbai, India.


Public space, ritual studies, urban violence, urban transformation.