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Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning and Urban Design, The University of Melbourne

Elek Pafka is Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning and Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning - University of Melbourne. His research focuses on the relationship between material density, urban form and the intensity of urban life, as well as methods of mapping the 'pulse' of the city. He has participated in research on transit orientated development, functional mix and high-density living. He has co-edited the book Mapping Urbanities: Morphologies, Flows, Possibilities (2017, Routledge), and co-authored the Atlas of Informal Settlement (2023, Bloomsbury)


  • 2016–present
    Lecturer, University of Melbourne
  • 2015–2016
    Research fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2011–2015
    Research assistant, University of Melbourne


  • 2015 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 2004 
    Bauhaus-University Weimar, MSc
  • 2001 
    Politehnica University Timişoara, Diplomate Architect


  • 2023
    Atlas of Informal Settlement, Bloomsbury
  • 2020
    Multi-scalar urban densities: from the metropolitan to the street level, Urban Design International
  • 2019
    What is walkability? The urban DMA , Urban Studies
  • 2018
    Limits of space syntax for urban design: Axiality, scale and sinuosity, Environment and Planning B
  • 2017
    Permeability and interface catchment: measuring and mapping walkable access, Journal of Urbanism
  • 2017
    Mapping Urbanities: Morphologies, Flows, Possibilities, Routledge
  • 2017
    What is functional mix? An assemblage approach., Planning Theory and Practice
  • 2016
    The science of urban design?, Urban Design International
  • 2014
    The urban density assemblage: Modelling multiple measures, Urban Design International

Research Areas

  • Urban Design (120508)
  • Urban Analysis And Development (120507)
  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)