Chero Eliassi Sarzeli
Chero Eliassi graduated with a Master´s degree in Landscape Architecture in 2019 at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala. Eliassi has been working since 2021 as a doctoral student in Jennifer Mack's research project entitled 'Parks around the Towers: Landscape as Resource in the Urban Periphery from the Record Years to the Future'. From a historical perspective, the research investigates how the outdoor environments of the Million Programme have been transformed, used, and formed after the record years (1961-1975).
With the title '“A Culture of Place” in Swedish Allotments: Gardens as Therapy and Threat in Rosengård and Berga', Eliassi captures and investigates how cultivation in and adjacent to Million Programme areas have created social and therapeutic values, as well as a sense of collective belonging. The research is based on on-site studies in Rosengård, Malmö, and Berga, Kalmar.
Eliassi is also currently studying how spatial cultural practices take place in the Million Programme's outdoor environments. The research, entitled 'The spatial practice of Newroz: a comparative analysis of the practice amongst the Kurdish diaspora in Järva Field and in Diyarbakir' is a research topic that focuses on the manifestation and values of the spatial practice of Newroz in the Järva field in Stockholm in comparison with the practice in Kurdish-populated cities in the Middle East.