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 Dr. Fatima Müller-Friedman


Dr. Müller-Friedman completed her Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Cambridge. She was trained in the following fields: urban geography, with an emphasis on the cultural, social and political aspects of urban built form; urban design in development; and architecture. Dr. Müller-Friedman’s current research explores the legacies and potentialities of apartheid spatial planning and design in contemporary Namibia. In particular, she examines the impact of apartheid-era planning and design measures on the urban built form, as well as the ways such forms have influenced Namibian people’s relation to urban space. In addition, Dr. Müller-Friedman is interested in the relationship between built form and people’s local, regional and national identities. Before training as a human geographer, Dr. Müller-Friedman worked in the field of international development and as a professional architect in Germany, Namibia and the United States.


  • 2004 Ph.D. in Geography, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 1999 M.Sc. in Building and Urban Design in Development, University College London, UK
  • 1993 Diplom-Ingenieur der Architektur, Fachhochschule Aachen, Germany
  • 1984-1986 Geography, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Universität Aachen, Germany

Professional Appointments

  • 2008-present  Associate Professor in Human Geography, Dept. of Social Science, University College Roosevelt, the Netherlands
  • 2004-2008 Assistant Professor in Human Geography, Dept. of Social Science, University College Roosevelt, the Netherlands
  • 2004 Lecturer (part-time), University College London, UK
  • 2001-2003 Supervisor (part-time), Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 1998 Architect, Harlan Hoffman Architects, San Francisco, USA
  • 1996-1997 Planning Consultant, International Co-operation for Development, Caprivi Region, Namibia
  • 1995-1996 Architect, Kerry McNamara Architects, Windhoek, Namibia
  • 1993-1995 Architect / Site Manager, PLANOVA Industrie-, Wohn- und Städtebau, Aachen, Germany

Field Research

  • July 2000-September 2001, Kaokoland (Kunene Region), Namibia
  • June-July 1999, Windhoek, Namibia
  • February 1996-April 1997, Caprivi Region, Namibia



  • Mueller-Friedman, F. (and J. Friedman) (eds.) (Forthcoming). Debating Development: Controversies in the Theory and Practice of International Development, Harlow, London and New York: Pearson-Prentice Hall.

Articles/ Book Chapters:

  • Mueller-Friedman, F. (and J. Friedman) (In Press). ‘San’, in S. Danver (ed.), Native Peoples of the World: An Encyclopedia, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.
  • Mueller-Friedman, F. (2012). ‘Urbanization’, in E. Ramsamy, A. Stanton, P. Seybolt and C. Elliott (eds.), Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, London: Sage.
  • Mueller-Friedman, F. (2010). ‘Namibia’, in World Geography: Understanding a Changing World, Santa Barbara, California: ABC-Clio.
  • Mueller-Friedman, F. (2010). ‘Learning from Lagos: Africa’s Megacities work’, in A. Andrea (ed.), World History Encyclopedia, Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. 
  • Mueller-Friedman, F. (2008). "Toward a (Post)apartheid Architecture?  A View from Namibia", Planning Perspectives, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 29-48.
  • Mueller-Friedman, F. (2007). 'Of Boers and Plaasjapies: "Resistance", Know-how and the Urban Imagination in Northwest Namibia', South African Geographical Journal, Vol. 89, No. 2, pp. 151-160.
  • Mueller-Friedman, F. (2006). ‘Beyond the Post-Apartheid City: De/Segregation and Suburbanization in Windhoek, Namibia’, African Geographical Review, Vol. 26, pp. 33-61.
  • Mueller-Friedman, F. (2005). '"Just Build it Modern": Post-Apartheid Spaces on Namibia's Urban Frontier', in S. Salm and T. Falola (eds.), African Urban Spaces in Historical Perspectives, Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press.
  • Mueller-Friedman, F. (2000). 'Deconstructing Windhoek: The Urban Morphology of a Post-Apartheid City', Working Paper No. 111, Development Planning Unit, University College London.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of American Geographers


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