Shahadat Hossain is a Research Fellow at the School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University, Germany since 2007. He holds an undergraduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), an MA in Development Management from the Ruhr Universität Bochum and a PhD from the School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. In the past he worked in development cooperation, taught at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, BUET, Bangladesh and worked in German Research Foundation supported research projects. Currently he is involved in a research project on translating urban infrastructures: adaptation and creativity in water and sanitation systems in African cities conducted at the School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. His research interests include urban informality, citizenship, urban governance, power and politics in planning, social exclusion, and ethnographic approaches to social science research.