Selina Abraham founded Urban Empact in 2018 after graduating with Masters in Urbanism under the Faculty of the Built Environment at TU Delft. Her goal is identify values that motivate people's behaviour to help designers, engineers and developers can create better and more inclusive cities. Through Urban Empact, she is passionate about designing negotiation and participatory toolkits to help urbanists design more inclusive cities.
Selina started her career as an architect in India. She has since been working as an independent researcher in collaboration with the Veldacademie, the Architecture Institute Rotterdam (AIR) and the Deltametropool Association on inclusive design. In this process, she has worked in various ventures, like an urban experiment in the city of Rotterdam, called the Mobility Challenge Hoogkwartier. She relies on her design background as architect to develop creative solutions to more design more effective means of collaboration and communication. Selina also extends her support to Emergi, a social enterprise, where she collaborates as a graphic designer.
After graduating from New Delhi with a Bachelor's in Architecture, she worked in Bangalore as an architect for two years. Later, she moved to the Netherlands to become an urbanist and in 2018, graduated with a Masters degree from TU Delft. Since 2020, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam. At the UvA she is conducting research on the Transitions and Behaviour (TransB) project, studying sustainable transition in urban development within the Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance programme group. The aim of TransB is to strengthen co-creation processes and come up with recommendations for governance, co-creation guidelines for multiple value creation projects.