Dimah holds BArch in Architectural Engineering and Planning (awarded first class honors) and PGDipArch in Architecture and Urban Design (Distinction). Owing to the first rank she achieved in Architectural Engineering in 2006, she had been awarded a fully funded scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning in the USA and a PhD degree in Urban Planning in the UK.
Dimah holds a master’s degree (MURP) in Urban and Regional Planning (Distinction) and a PGDip in Urban Design and Physical Planning (awarded a full grade and first-class honors) from the State University of New York. Both the MURP and PGDip Urban Design degrees are fully accredited by the American Planning Association/APA. In the UK, her PhD research is on the UK’s political economy and implications on the wider governance and financial arrangements. Along with the academic and research career, Dimah works in architectural design, urban design, and planning consultation since 2006.
Dimah started her academic research as a Research Fellow at Damasucs University where she published a number of journal articles in architecture, regeneration, urban design, urban planning, housing, and tourism. Her master’s degree dissertation in the USA titled; Local Governments' Urban Design and Planning Strategies and Policies, a comparative case study was published by the University of New York Press and by ProQuest in 2012 and was reserved in the collection of the American Library of Congress in 2012. In the USA, she co-authored a number of publications and worked in teams on key regeneration, community, and urban planning projects in New York, one of them won two planning professional awards granted by the American Planning Association/ APA New York Upstate Chapter (the first award: 2012 planning Excellence Award: Outstanding Project, for the project: Against the Grain: A New Direction for the Old First Ward, and the second award for: Making Great Communities Happen- Reconsidering Atlantis: Inside Buffalo's Grain Elevators). Dimah is a member at Westminster School of Architecture + Cities Research and Knowledge Exchange Comittee.
Since 2012, Dimah's research interests into the political economy and implications on the wider governance and financial arrangements has expanded with her PhD research on the tourism governance and financial arrangements in the UK. With consideration to COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impacts on the tourism industry and Destination Management Organisations, Dimah’s research interests have evolved away from a focus on DMO restructuring in the period post economic recession to give greater consideration to the mid and post COVID-19 context with the use of multi-level governance perspective, resilience, and crisis management theories to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by tourism governance arrangements, the process of restructuring, and ability to adapt. The research interests focus specifically on the tourism governance landscape in the UK and attention is given to the years 2010 to 2022. During this period, the UK has seen major shifts in political power, with party and leadership changes in the domestic government context as well as newly formed international relations between the UK and the European Union, and with the rest of the World. During this period, the UK tourism industry has also experienced a series of crises, such as public sector austerity as a consequence of the global financial crisis, terrorist attacks, flooding, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic. These periods of change and crisis have meant that tourism stakeholders and DMOs have had to adapt to dynamic governance landscapes and learn how to be resilient in periods of uncertainty. Dimah’s research interests are alongside these crises and the changing nature of tourism governance in the UK.
Dimah is a reviewer at one of the top journals in tourism: Tourism Geographies (Published by Routledge / Taylor & Francis), editor/reviewer at the International Journal of Tourism Cities (IJTC), and editor/reviewer at IGI global of Sustainable Tourism.
PhD researchers and Visiting Researchers are welcome on the following specific or interdisciplinary research areas;
- Community/ Neighborhood: community-led regeneration, prosperity, well-being, empowerment, inclusiveness & planning.
- Urban and regional planning: urban regeneration, climate change, UK real estate and housing, architecture, urban design.
-Tourism: tourism governance at times of crisis (flexible, resilient & adaptive tourism governance), post-covid and UK tourism recovery plan and restructuring, sustainable/ responsible tourism, heritage/ cultural tourism, community-led tourism, technology and tourism, digital free tourism, public policy, planning, marketing, placemaking and branding.
-Events: experience design, planning and operation.
-Political ideologies and governance arrangaments: decentralization, devolution, localism, multi- level governance.