PhD, Senior Researcher

Hooshmand Alizadeh

Associated Researcher

I am a qualified planner with a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a PhD in Social Sciences (Urban Design). Throughout my academic career since 2006, I have been dedicated to researching the relationship between urban planning and environmental sustainability, with a particular focus on the empowerment of marginalized communities in urban settings. My current research focuses on “Women-driven community development: promoting community inclusion and resilience in Vienna’s multicultural dynamic environment” and another research project (accepted by UCL) entitled “Cultural heritage revival for supporting green community initiatives: a case study of Hawraman in Iraqi Kurdistan”.

Contact

Platforms & Social Media

Postal address

Hardtmuthgasse 61/6
1100 Vienna, Austria

Research Foci

At a Glance

Regional

Middle East (Iran and Iraq)

Central Europe (Germany and Austria)

Thematic

Public spaces

Sustainable urban development

Urban form

Women’s public space

Behavior and space

Kurdish/Iranian cities

Concepts & Theories

Public space and gender

Social empowerment and public spaces

Public space and social dynamics

Social theories of action

Green community

Community development and resilience

Transient urbanism

Methods

Qualitative social research

Multi-sited ethnography

Participatory research methods (PAR)

Mixed-methods (MMR)

Urban morphology and typological analysis

Academic Career

Positions:

Since 2023 → MSCA Proposal Reviewer, European Commission

Since 2023 → Editorial Board Member, Journal Sustainable City, Iranian Geography and Urban Planning Association, Sustainable city (jscity.ir)

Since 2021 → Editorial Board Member, Environment Identity, Approved by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Affairs, Iran, https://www.ei-journal.ir/journal/editorial.board?lang=en

Since 2019 → Editorial Board Member, Journal of Urban Strategic Thought, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Development, Imam Khomeini International University, https://ut.journals.ikiu.ac.ir/

Since 2015 Co-Chair, Knowledge and Research Working Group, Large Urban Parks Standing Committee, World Urban Parks

2016-2019 → Deputy-Dean for Research, Faculty of Art and Architecture, University of Kurdistan

2010 → Member of Department of Kurdish Culture and History, Kurdistan Studies Institute, University of Kurdistan

2006-2016 → Head of Urban Planning and Design Department, University of Kurdistan

2013-2018 → Chairman of the Education Committee, Kurdistan Construction Engineering Organization

2013-2015 → Secretary of the Education Commission, Iran Construction Engineering Organization

2012-2013 → Member of Board of Directors, Kurdistan Construction Engineering Organization

2009-2012 → Member of Board of Directors, Kurdistan Construction Engineering Organization

2009-2012 Head of Research and Educational Unit, Kurdistan Construction Engineering Organization

2009-2012 → Editor of Zebia Journal, Kurdistan Construction Engineering Organization

Since 2011 → Director in Charge of MotaleateShahri (Urban Studies) Journal, University of Kurdistan http://www.urbstudies.ir/journal/editorial.board

2011-2019 → Member of Technical Committee of Kurdistan Traffic Council, Kurdistan General Governorship

2008-2012 → Member of Kurdistan Urban Historical Textures, Kurdistan cultural heritage and tourism organization

1992-2002 → Expert and head of Urban Planning Unit, Technical office of Kurdistan General Governorship

 

Memberships:

IMISCOE: International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe (https://www.imiscoe.org/)

LUP: Large Urban Parks Standing Committee (http://www.worldurbanparks.org/en/programs/large-urban-parks-committee)

ISOCARP: International Society of City and Regional Planners (membership ID: 4462) (https://isocarp.org/)

SIAP: Society of Iranian Architects & Planners (http://www.siap.org)

SAH: Society of Architectural Historians (https://www.sah.org)

 

Scholarship/Fellowship:

Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, PhD Fellowship in Urban Design, March 2001

Austrian Academy of Sciences, incoming fellowship to apply for Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship, 2018

Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship (Horizon 2020), Institute for Urban and Regional Research – ISR, Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW), 2019

 

Professional Qualifications:

Qualification in urban planning and design from the Construction Engineering Organisation, Kurdistan Province, Iran- since 2000

Qualification in Research Project management, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria, since 2019

 

 

 

Degrees:

2006 → PhD in Social Sciences (Urban Design), Newcastle University, UK

1998 → Master of Arts in Urban and regional planning, University of Tehran, Iran

1991 → Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Geography and urban Planning, University of Tabriz, Iran

Awards & Achievements:

2022 → Book Award: Gerd Albers Award (GAA) – Special Mention (Building a Traditional Kurdish City: The Urban Morphology of Sanandaj)

2020 → Book Excellence Award [The city profile: Kurdish cities (in Persian)]

Award for Research Excellence:

  • The Faculty of Art and Architecture, UOK, Iran (2018)
  • The Department of Urban Planning and Design, UOK, Iran (2017)
  • The Department of Urban Planning and Design, UOK, Iran (2016)
  • The Department of Urban Planning and Design, UOK, Iran (2014)
  • The Faculty of Art and Architecture (2013)
  • The Department of Urban Planning and Design (2011)
  • The Faculty of Art and Architecture (2009)
  • The Department of Urban Planning and Design (2007)
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Redefining Sustainable Urban Development: A Critical Analysis in the Wake of COVID-19.


Alizadeh, H., Doostvandi, M., & Zandsalimi, M. (In review).
Sustainable Development.

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Kurdish women’s interactions in European urban public space and the extent of their social integration.


Alizadeh, H., Kohlbacher, J., Mehan, A., & Yousefi, Z. (In review).
European Planning Studies.

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Evaluation of Tajrish neighborhood based on indicators of water sensitive cities.


Hemati, G., Irandoost, K. & Alizadeh, H. (In press).
Urban Planning Knowledge.

Journals:

Alizadeh, H., Doostvandi, M., & Zandsalimi, M. (In review). Redefining Sustainable Urban Development: A Critical Analysis in the Wake of COVID-19. Sustainable Development.

Alizadeh, H., Kohlbacher, J., Mehan, A., & Yousefi, Z. (In review). Kurdish women’s interactions in European urban public space and the extent of their social integration. European Planning Studies.

Hemati, G., Irandoost, K. & Alizadeh, H. (In press). Evaluation of Tajrish neighborhood based on indicators of water sensitive cities. Urban Planning Knowledge.

Naimi, K., Shahivandi, A., Zamani, Z., Irandoost, K. & Alizadeh, H. (In press). City-hill and Semi Public Realm: A contextual assessment of the Kurdish city-neighborhood concept in Sanandaj. Journal Sustainable City.

Qhorbani, R., Alizadeh, H., & Karami, S. (2023). Survey the factors affecting the future situation of housing in the Tabriz metropolis. Geographical Planning of Space, 12(4), 1-17. doi:10.30488/gps.2021.252181.3318

Abdi, Z., Alizadeh, H., Mohammadi, S., & Sabouri, S. (2023). Analysis of Urban Form Typology Using Urban Heat Island Indicators: Case Study of Ferdous Neighborhood of Tabriz. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 3389/fevo.2022.1065538

Habibi, K., Pira, M., Rahimi, A., Hemmati, G., & Alizadeh, H. (2022). Ecological footprint analysis of tourism management in rural areas. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1-13. doi:10.1080/09640568.2022.2156852

Alizadeh, H., Bork-Hüffer, T., Kohlbacher, J. & Mohammed-Amin, R. K. & Naimi, K. (2022) The Contribution of Urban Public Space to the Social Interactions and Empowerment of Women, Journal of Urban Affairs, Doi: 10.1080/07352166.2022.2095915

Alizadeh, H., Kohlbacher, J. & Qadir Mohammed, S. (2022) “The status of women in Kurdish society and the extent of their presence in public domains”, SAGE Open, doi.org/10.1177/21582440221096441

Irandoost, K., Alizadeh, H., Yousefi, Z., & Shahmoradi, B. (2022). Spatial analysis of population density and its effects during the Covid-19 pandemic in Sanandaj, Iran. Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, 1-8. doi:10.1080/13467581.2022.2047983

Alizadeh, H., Kohlbacher, J., Mohammed-Amin, R. K. & Latif Raouf, T. (2021). “Gender Inequalities and the Effects of Feminine Artworks in Public Spaces: A Dialogue”. Social inclusion Journal 9(4), 158-167. doi.org/10.17645/si.v9i4.4374

Vaisi, S., Alizadeh, H., Lotfi, W., & Mohammadi, S. (2021). Developing the Ecological Footprint Assessment for a University Campus, the Component-Based Method. Sustainability13(17), 9928. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179928

Ghorbani, R., Alizadeh, H., Karami, S. (2021). An Analysis of the Reasons for the Decline of the Position of Tabriz Metropolis in the Urban System of Iran and the Prediction of its Population and Position by 2031. Town and Country Planning, 13(1), 83-114. doi: 10.22059/jtcp.2020.309809.670153

Alizadeh, H., Karami, S., Alibakhshi, A. (2020). Investigating Inequality in Spatial Distribution of Economic, Social, Physical and Service Indicators In the regions of Tabriz. Quarterly Journals of Urban and Regional Development Planning, 5(13), 57-84. doi: 10.22054/urdp.2021.52426.1216

Alizadeh, H., Lotfi, W., Vaisi, S. (2019). Evaluating the environmental impacts of educational land use based on the Ecological Footprint Model, Case study University of Kurdistan. Urban Studies (Persian), 8(32), 77-88. doi: 10.34785/J011.2019.409

Alizadeh, H., Bahrami, B., & Farahani, L. M. (2019). Geophysical setting and urban form of a traditional city: examination of the Kurdish city of Sanandaj, Iran. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Urban Design and Planning, 172(6), 237-247.

Kheirabadi, F. and Alizadeh, H. (2019). “Impact of Environmental Conditions on the Aspect of Religion Archetype in Urban Areas (Case Study: Comparison of two Cities ‘Sanandaj and Yazd’).” Space Ontology International Journal 8(1): 67-76.

Abdi, H. H. Alizadeh (2018). “Application of Safe and Sustainable Places Features to enhance the security of urban spaces: the case of Sanandaj City centre”. Journal of Safe City, 2(1); 1-30

Lotfi, W., H. Alizadeh, S. Vaisi, and A. Rahimi (2019). Optimization of Transportation System in the City of Sanandaj City Using Ecological Footprint Method, Transportation Research Journal (Persian), 16(2) – Serial Number 59, Summer 2019, Page 209-221

Tahmasebi, A., H. Alizadeh and P. Aslani (2019). “The Forming Indicators of Semantic- conceptual Environmental Quality, Case Study: Sanandaj Qatarchian Neighborhood.” Armanshahr Architecture & Urban Development 11(25): 111-124

Alizadeh, H., A. Tahmasebi and P. Aslani (2018). “Measuring the semantic-perceptual component of environmental quality in the neighbourhood” Chinese Journal of Urban and Environmental Studies, 6(4): 1-14

Kheirabadi, F., H. Nourmohammadzad and H. Alizadeh (2017). “The Role of Urban Spaces Physical Orientation on the Extent of Climate Comfort of Citizens: Case study of Bandar Abbas.” Geography and Sustainability of Environment 7(24): 15-31.

Alizadeh, H. and K. Irandoost (2017). “Investigating the process of traditional design principles formation in the Iranian-Kurdish urban quarters.” URBAN DESIGN International 22(3): 197-218, doi: 10.1057/s41289-016-0034-4.

Kheirabadi, F., H. Alizadeh and H. Nourmohammadzad (2017). “Improving Climatic Comfort of Citizens by Adjusting the Orientation and Extension of Physics of City Squares: Case Study of Yazd.” Chinese Journal of Urban and Environmental Studies (1750012), https://doi.org/10.1142/S2345748117500129.

Alizadeh, H. and M. Abdi (2015). “Transit-Oriented Corridor Pattern in Pasdaran Boulevard, Sanandaj.” Armanshahr Architecture & Urban Development (Persian) 7(13): 361-381.

Alizadeh, H., K. Irandoost and M. Baravar (2015). “Social sustainability measurement based on the resident’s views”, Journal of Urban and Rural Management (Persian) 13(37): 73-92.

Alizadeh, H., K. Irandoost, L. Khosravanian and R. Tavallaei (2014). “Investigating Social Capital in Three Spatial Layers of Sanandaj City: Informal Settlements, Old/Central and Planned Neighborhoods.” Journal of Architecture and Urban Planning (Persian) 7(13): 133-149.

Alizadeh, H. and M. H. Abdi (2014). “Determination of Land Use Effective Factors on Travel Behavior with Transit-Oriented Development Approach: The Case of the City Center of Sanandaj.” Journal of Urban and Regional Studies 5(19): 125-148.

Alizadeh, H., K. Irandoost, K. Habibi and M. Bashir Robati (2014). “The Concept of Privacy and Space in Islamic Cities.” Journal of Research in Islamic Architecture (Persian) 2(1): 67-80, URL: http://jria.iust.ac.ir/article-1-145-en.html.

Irandoost, K., H. Alizadeh and R. Tavallaei (2014). “Analyzing the level of development in rural areas using factor and cluster analysis, Case study: Kurdistan Province.” Journal of Housing and Rural Environment (Persian) 32(144): 107-123. URL: http://jhre.ir/article-1-257-en.html.

Alizadeh, H., B. Shahmoradi, M. H. Abdi and A. Rahimi (2014). “Developing Transit-oriented Strategies for Sanandaj City Center, Iran.” International Journal of Transportation Engineering 1(3): 141-150.

Irandoost, K., H. Alizadeh, L. Khosravanian and R. Tavallaei (2013). “Typology of informal settlements in Iranian cities, comparative study of Sanandaj and Kermanshah.” Journal of Architecture and Urban Planning (Persian) 5(10): 91-104.

Meshkini, A., K. Habibi and H. Alizadeh (2013). “Using fuzzy logic and GIS tools for seismic vulnerability of old fabric in Iranian cities (Case study: Zanjan City).” Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems 25(4): 965-975.

Isalou, A. A., V. Zamani, B. Shahmoradi and H. Alizadeh (2013). “Landfill site selection using integrated fuzzy logic and analytic network process (F-ANP).” Environmental Earth Sciences 68(6): 1745-1755.

Habibi, K., H. Alizadeh, V. Moradi Masihi, S. Valid Baigi and S. Vafaee (2012). “Analyzing the Social Justice in Spatial Structure of Sanandaj City.” Armanshahr Architecture & Urban Development (Persian) 4(7): 103-112.

Habibi, K., M. Behzadfar, A. Meshkini, H. Alizadeh, and V. Mahaki (2011). “Assessing the impacts of urban development plans on the deconstruction and upgrading of the old Iranian city.” Journal of Studies on the Iranian-Islamic City (Persian) 1(4): 15-28.

Alizadeh, H. and K. Habibi (2011). “Structuring elements of the Muslim’s historic cities.” Journal of Studies on the Iranian-Islamic City (Persian) 1(3): 71-76.

Alizadeh, H. and K. Habibi (2010). “Structural Elements and the Built Environment.” International Journal of Environmental Research 2(2): 153-164.

Meshkini, A., K. Habibi, H. Alizadeh and S. R. Asl (2010). “Monitoring the impact of urban physical development plans on old sites of cities.” American Journal of Environmental Sciences 6(1): 57-65, doi: 10.3844/ajessp.2010.57.65.

Alizadeh, H. (2009). Book review, “K. Habibi, A. Pourahmad and A. Meshkini (2008): From Zangan to Zanjan.” Urban Morphology 13(2): 145.

Alizadeh, H. and S. Lahoorpour (2009). “Physical Character of Place: Examining the Historical Site of Sanandaj, Iran.” Journal of Architecture and Urban Planning 1(2): 57-69.

Alizadeh, H. and K. Habibi (2008). “Monitoring the Character of Place in the Historical Site of Sanandaj, Iran.” Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering 7(2): 201-208.

Habibi, K. and H. Alizadeh (2008). “Correlation Analysis of Cultural Development and Social Security in Iran”, Journal of Applied Sciences 8(5): 802-808.

Alizadeh, H. (2007). “Changes conceptions of women’s public space in the Kurdish City.” Cities 24(6): 410-421.

Alizadeh, H. (2006). “The concept of the Kurdish city”. The International Journal of Kurdish Studies 20(1&2): 167-185.

Alizadeh, H. (2005). “The Kurdish City of Sanandaj: An Analysis of Its Formation and Historical Development until 1930.” Journal of Kurdish studies 5: 103-126

 

Books:

Alizadeh, H. T., Selda; Kohlbacher, Josef Kohlbacher and Karami, Sonya (forthcoming). Urban Public Spaces and Women’s Empowerment: A Comparative Analysis of Cities in the Middle East and Europe. Dordrecht, The Netherlands Springer.

Alizadeh, H (2021). Building a traditional Kurdish City: The Urban Morphology of Sanandaj, Singapore, Palgrave Pivot. doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-3634-9

Habibi, K., H. Alizadeh and K. Irandoost (2021). Az Sena ta Sanandaj (From Sena to Sanandaj: an investigation of a Kurdish city’s strategic development) (in Persian), Sanandaj, University of Kurdistan Press, Iran.

Alizadeh, H. and K. Ashori, eds. (2019). The city profile: Kurdish cities (in Persian), Sanandaj, University of Kurdistan Press, Iran.

 

Keynote Speaker:

Alizadeh, H. (2021). The Contribution of Urban Public Space to the Social Interactions and Empowerment of Women, The Second International Online Conference on the Future of Urban Public Spaces (FUPS2021), 8-10 December 2021. FUPSConference; International Conference on Future of Urban Public Spaces

 

Book Chapters:

Alizadeh, H., & Kohlbacher, J. (2024). Visibility and interactions of immigrant Kurdish women in urban public spaces: a comparison of Vienna and Cologne. In M. Mokre & M. Six-Hohenbalken (Eds.), (In)visibility of Flight (Vol. 3). Bielefeld: Forced Migration Series.

Alizadeh, H., & Hemati, G. (in press). The right to water in Islamic thought and its manifestation in Islamic-Iranian cities. In N. Ahmad, E. Sattar, S. Kareemi, & O. Ayanleye (Eds.), Handbook on Islam and Environmental Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Alizadeh, H., & Habibi, K. (2021). Urban Park Traditions in Iran and Tehran. In R. Murray (Ed.), Why Cities Need Large Parks – Large Parks in Large Cities (pp. 62-75). Stockholm: Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781003206378-3

Alizadeh, H. (2012). The concept of privacy and space in Kurdish cities. In T. Edensor & M. Jayne (Eds.), Urban Theory Beyond the West (pp. 149-168). London: Routledge.

 

Conferences:

Alizadeh, H and Kohlbacher, J (2021). “The Contribution of Urban Public Space to the Social Interactions and Empowerment of Kurdish Women: A Comparison of Two Cities of Sanandaj and Sulaymaniyah”, ICAS 12 – Crafting a Global Future (Kyoto, Japan, 24-27 Aug 2021.

Alizadeh, H and Kohlbacher, J (2021). The contribution of urban public space to the social interaction and integration of immigrant Kurdish women: a comparison of Vienna and Cologne, the 18th IMISCOE Annual Conference on “Crossing borders, connecting cultures”, hosted by Luxembourg University, which will take place online July 7, 8 and 9, 2021.

Alizadeh, H and Kohlbacher, J (2021). In/visibility of Kurdish women in public space: a comparison of Vienna and two Kurdish cities of Sanandaj and Sulaimani, In/visibility of Flight/International Online Conference World Refugee Day 2021, hosted by Institute of Social antropology/OEAW, June 25th, 2021.

Alizadeh, H., R. K. h. Pamoq, S. Shahmohammadnejad and S. Ostowar (2019). Investigating the features of urban form in the Kurdish city of Erbil (old part) regarding the traditional Islamic principles of built Environment. Second International Scientific Conference On The History Of Kurds And Kurdistan Entitled: Erbil in Historical Sources: Reading & Evaluation (10 – 11/4/2019). Erbil, Salahaddin University-Erbil

Irandoost, K., H. Alizadeh and M. Rasouli (2017). The challenges of urban development in Iran, focusing on the city of Kermanshah. 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Urban Design and Liveable Cities. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,– October 10.

Alizadeh, H. and A. Nasri (2016). Narrating the transformation of Sanandaj’s public spaces. 2016 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference. Cardiff, UK, September 6-7.

Alizadeh, H. (2016). Economics of urban parks. Urban Ecology Symposium 2016. Zurich, Switzerland, August 25-26.

Alizadeh, H. and M. H. Abdi (2015). Developing sustainable strategies for urban parks functions: the case study of Deedgah Park in Sanandaj, Iran. Large parks in large cities. Stockholm, Sweden, September 2-5.

Alizadeh, H., K. Irandoost and L. Khosravanian (2013). Investigating social capital in three spatial layers of Sanandaj City: informal settlements, old/central and planned neighborhoods. 8th International Academic Conference (IISES). Naples, Italy, September 16-19.

Alizadeh, H., M. H. Abdi and A. R. Kakejob (2013). The development strategy of Pasdaran Boulevard based on the transit-oriented corridor. 12th International Conference on Traffic and Transportation Engineering. Tehran, Iran, February 19-20.

Habibi, K., H. Alizadeh, K. Irandoost and S. Khezri (2012). Developing a New Model for Assessing Vulnerability of Iranian Cities against Earthquakes (Case study: the city of Sanandaj, Iran). The First Geological Conference of Kurdistan. Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, November 14-16.

Alizadeh, H. and K. Habibi (2011). An investigation of regional development using Morris indicator (a case study of Iran). Fourth International Scientific Conference of Salahaddin University. Erbil, Iraq, October 18-20.

Alizadeh, H. (2011). Examining the idea of a child-friendly city in the Iranian context, focusing on the city of Sanandaj. IPA conference playing into the Future – Surviving and Thriving. Cardiff, UK, July 4-7.

Alizadeh, H. and K. Habibi (2010). The Status of Urban Design Research in Iran. 24TH AESOP Annual Conference, Espoo, Finland, July 7–10.

Alizadeh, H. (2010). The Challenge of Sustainable Urban Development in Third World Countries. Designing Soundscape for Sustainable Urban Development., Sweden, September 30-October 1.

Alizadeh, (2008). Monitoring the character of place in the historical site of Sanandaj, Iran. The first International Conference on Zagros Traditional Settlements. Sanandaj, Iran, April 30-May 2.

Alizadeh, H. (2008). Rural Tourism: Assessing the qualities of place in the village of Nawgoul, Iran. 2nd International Conference on Built Environment in Developing Countries (ICBEDC). Penang, Malaysia, December 3-4.

Alizadeh, H. (2007). Socio-Spatial Factors and the Built Environment: An Examination of Qatâr-chyân Quarter, Sanandaj, Iran. 4th International Conference on Planning and Design. Tainan, Taiwan, May 5-6.

Alizadeh, H. (2007). Geophysical Setting and the Urban Form of the Historic Core: An Examination of the City of Sanandaj, Iran. Heritage and the Environment Conference, Isle of Skye, UK, June 20.

Alizadeh, H. and S. Lahoorpour (2007). Monitoring the Historical Aspects of Place: Examining the City of Sanandaj, Iran. SHH07 (studies on Historic Heritage). Antalya, Turkey, September 17-21.

Alizadeh, H. (2004). Shaping Factors of the Islamic City and its Underlying Design Principles. 12th Iranian Researchers Conference in Europe (Art and Built Environment). Manchester, UK, July 10.

Alizadeh, H. (1998). Comparing two experiences: Bath (UK), a study of conservation, and the renovation study of Sartapulah Quarter, Sanandaj, Iran. Seminar of Urban Design Management. Shiraz, Iran, September 4-5.

 

Organization of international conferences:

First International Conference on Zagros Traditional Settlements, organized by the University of Kurdistan and INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism) in Sanandaj, April 30-May 2 2008 (http://eventful.com/events/international-conference-zagros-traditional-settlements-/E0-001-006055994-3).

International conference on Urban Design Theory & Practice in Iran since the late 1950s, organized by the University of Kurdistan and Birmingham City University in Sanandaj, May 16-18 2012 (https://conferencealerts.com/show-event?id=ca186ham).

International Conference on Urban Slums: Towards Upgrading and Sustainable Urban Regeneration, organized by the University of Kurdistan and the Urban Development and Revitalization Organization of Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development in Sanandaj, 4-5 May 2016 (http://usc2016.cnf.ir/en/).

 

Conference Proceedings:

Irandoost, K., K. Habibi, H. Alizadeh and M. B. Robati, eds. (2016). International Conference on Urban Slums: Towards Upgrading and Sustainable Urban Regeneration. Sanandaj, University of Kurdistan.

Alizadeh, H., M. Aboutorabi, K. Irandoost and K. Habibi, eds. (2013). International Conference on Urban Design Theory & Practice in Iran since the late 1950s, Sanandaj, University of Kurdistan.

Alizadeh, H., K. Irandoost and K. Habibi, eds. (2008). First International Conference on Zagros Traditional Settlements, Sanandaj, University of Kurdistan.

 

Potential International Research Projects:

Women-driven Community Development: promoting community inclusion and resilience in Vienna’s multicultural context (2023), for submission to the FWF Grant (Home — FWF)

Cultural Heritage Revival for Supporting Green Community Initiatives: A Case Study of Hawraman in Iraqi Kurdistan (2023, under review), submitted to the Nahrein’s Research Grant (Research Grants | The Nahrein Network – UCL – University College London), (Shortlisted for the second stage in December 2023).

 

About Me

My academic career began with a PhD in Social Sciences (Urban Design) at Newcastle University, UK, and continued through positions as Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Kurdistan, Iran, to a position as Senior Researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Throughout my career, my research draws on a diverse methodological palette and theoretical frameworks that explore the relationship between urban planning and environmental sustainability, with a particular focus on the empowerment of marginalized communities in the urban environment. This interdisciplinary approach has led me to examine the socio-material complexity of public spaces and their profound impact on societal dynamics. From my point of view, public spaces connect the space of home and work/study thus providing the setting and the opportunity for the enrichment of a society’s public life and are therefore key to understanding everyday social relations and ultimately key element of sustainable urban development.

The most important internationally received scholarly achievement is the development of the concept of the Kurdish city in general and Kurdish women’s spatiality in particular, together with its socio-spatial implications for their everyday social lives. Considering the initiation of this concept, some Master’s and Ph.D. theses have been completed in accordance with Kurdish Urbanism at Iranian and KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) universities. Following the scholarly progress of this concept, our books titled “The City Profile: Kurdish Cities” was granted the Book Excellence award at the University of Kurdistan, Iran in 2020. My new book titled “Building a traditional Kurdish City” was also awarded GAA 2022 – Special Mention in the ISOCARP Award Ceremony. Apart from this, I advanced the concept of women’s spatiality based on the extent of their interactions with and empowerment from public spaces in my EU research project, based on a comparative study in different urban contexts of the Middle East and Europe. The results of this project are still in progress for further conceptualisation of the interrelationship between women’s interactions in public spaces and the extent of their empowerment in social life. As lead author, I am also currently working on the Vision of Major Kurdish Cities in Two Regions of Kurdistan (Iran and Iraq) for the KRG.

My research was supported by grants from various governmental and public organizations, including Iran and the EU, as well as the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the Nahrein network (University College London) and VNG International in the Netherlands.

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