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D-S-D Team





Laila Fozouni
(co-founder)

Laila is a resident physician in Internal Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She is also a graduate from the University of California Berkeley and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, where she received a degree in quantitative methods. Her research explores issues of stigma and displacement, with a particular focus on how the built environment impacts the mental health, resilience, and long-term outcomes of displaced populations. Her research specifically focuses on addiction, international displacement, and urban unhoused populations.




contact Laila at: laila.fozouni@gmail.com


Elena Clarke-Manandise
(co-founder)

Elena is a designer trained in architecture and urban planning at the University of Florida, and in materials research and conservation techniques at the Politecnico di Milano and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She studies forced and voluntary migrations, adaptive reuse as urban housing, and the multi-scalar drivers of eviction in and from cities. Her research focuses on integrating ethnographic research into the development of urban policies and practical design solutions with the goal of creating living environments for displaced populations that extend beyond basic shelter.




contact Elena at: elena.brigitte.cm@gmail.com