Besmira is an urban planning researcher, consultant and practitioner. She is passionate about exploring the role of land and property management in distributional and environmental justice in urban areas. She joined WBA in the capacity of Research Lead of the Urban Benchmark, keen to contribute to closing the corporate accountability gap in the urban realm.
Besmira holds a PhD in Built Environment from Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK. In her doctoral studies she researched land policy instruments which can mainstream the implementation of blue and green infrastructure in a socially equitable way in urban areas. Prior to joining WBA, she was a postdoc researcher in Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands, where she currently lectures part-time. Besmira has worked for several years as an urban planning practitioner and consultant for local authorities in her native Albania, whilst her work as a researcher spans across several countries including Turkey, Netherlands, UK, Brazil, Sweden and Spain.