Eliana Abu-Hamdi is a PhD Candidate in the department of architecture at UC Berkeley focused on Environmental Design and Urbanism in Developing Countries, and a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies. Prior to pursuing her PhD she earned a BA in Architecture and Master of Science degree in Architecture at UC Berkeley in 2009. She also earned her MARCH in 2005 from the Newschool of Architecture and Design. Her research focuses predominantly on Amman, Jordan where she is most interested in issue of moderated forms of urban governance and the surplus of abandoned Neo-Liberal projects in the city. Eliana was awarded to two major research grants to support her work and to further her explorations of the growing divide within today’s political economy.