Elias Yitbarek Alemayehu is Assistant Professor at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. His research and scientific articles focus on the issues of informal settlements, inner city redevelopment and sustainable urban and rural housing. His work experience includes master planning, urban design, urban resilience and the design of medium and large size settlements. He is the former Director of Research and PhD studies at EiABC and former President of the Association of Ethiopian Architects (AEA).Laura Stark is Professor of Ethnology at the Department of History and Ethnology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She was the Director of the network Living with Informal Settlements, Tackling Urban Poverty (LIFT UP), funded by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from 2013 to 2017, was the principal investigator and coordinator of the multi-researcher project Urban Renewal and Income-Generating Spaces for Youth and Women in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia funded by the Academy of Finland. Her research focuses on urban poverty and informal settlements in East Africa.