Roba Zakaria Muhammad Shaheen

Doctoral Researcher

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Interior design

Courses taught: Art and Design

Roba's research focuses on investigating and fostering the creativity of interior design students.


Roba Z Shaheen is a PhD student at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art. She held an academic position as an educator in the interior design department at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, before obtaining a scholarship to acquire her MSc and PhD degrees from the United Kingdom. She gained her Master's degree from Glasgow University in Scotland, and after that started her PhD in 2013.

Her research aims to develop interior design education both theoretically and practically. She has developed a pedagogical model that can enhance studio practice and help educators and students achieve their educational goals.

Once she has completed her PhD, she will return to the interior design department in KAU to continue her career as a doctor and teach interior design to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Research interests

Research synopsis

The pedagogy of Interior Design: A studio practice that foster students’ creativity

Roba's research project will present a pedagogical model constructed from observing the natural setting of the interior design studio. This research aims to fully understand interior design education and the role creativity plays in this domain. From this, she will then develop a pedagogical model to help educators understand students' individual abilities and choose a teaching strategy relevant to their preferred learning style.

Recent presentations and conferences

February 2016. 'How Can Interior Design Educators Foster Student’s Creativity?'. GLAD conference, Birmingham, UK.

March 2016. 'The future of interior design education: How can educators foster students' creativity?'. CHEAD conference. Bath Spa University, UK.