John Yarwood graduated in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh and in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Sheffield. His doctoral thesis concerned Islamic urbanism. After an early career in Local Government, he was for five years the Head of Architecture at Telford New Town Development Corporation. After two years as Head of Urban Renewal in the Ministry of Housing in Bahrain, he worked as a consultant in Turkey, Philippines, Kuwait, Jamaica, Dubai, Germany, Finland, Britain, Russia, Poland, China, Ireland, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Sudan, Afganistan and Albania. He has worked for the EC, the EU and the World Bank. Subsequently, he worked as an academic at University College Dublin. He was awarded an MBE after his work in Bosnia. His last book on urban planning after war, was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. He used to be a Quaker. He is married to an ex-children’s psychiatric social worker, who is now a counsellor to refugees and torture victims. They have three grown-up children.