Thomas Melin

Thomas Melin


Stockholm, Sweden



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Thomas Melin has been working in the field of international urban development for more than 30 years and currently serves as Senior Programme Manager at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). He previously served seven years with UN-Habitat, where he specialized in local governance and decentralization and was responsible for the design, establishment, and development of of the UN-Habitat Global Public Space Programme to improve the quality of public spaces worldwide. He was instrumental in pioneering the Block by Block approach and securing buy-in from UN-Habitat and other key partners.

Thomas formally joined the Block by Block board in October 2016 and currently chairs the Project Committee. He has attended every World Urban Forum and presented Block by Block at European Developing Days and the Public Space Bienale in Rome. He has also attended Block by Block projects in Kosovo, Quito, Hanoi, Nairobi, and Kalobeyei.

Thomas is the author of several articles and publications and recently contributed to Africa’s Urban Revolution. He serves as Chair of the Dar-es-Salaam Culture House Support Foundation and is a member of the Ralf Erskine Memorial Award board.

He holds degrees in architecture and planning from Lund University and lives in Stockholm, where he enjoys cycling for transportation.

Cities are about people and the common good, and public space is the backbone of the city. It’s the interface between different groups in the city, and the most crucial factor when it comes to creating sustainable cities for all.
— Thomas Melin