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Leila Mahmoudi Farahani

Research Fellow in Urban Studies, RMIT University

Dr Farahani is a Research Fellow at Centre for Urban Research working as a member of the Clean Air and Urban Landscape Hub. She conducts industry and government funded research in monitoring and evaluating public and green spaces, with a particular focus on how the built environment and physical structure of neighbourhoods impact residents.
She holds a PhD in urban studies from Deakin University and has a Masters Degree in Architecture from University of Tehran. She has also practised as an architect and urban designer for several years.
Her research interests include greening, public life studies, liveability, sustainable urban development, socio-cultural studies and environmental psychology. She is currently working on a number of projects which are based upon monitoring and evaluating neighbourhood public and green spaces, liveability, sense of community and social life.


  • –present
    Research Officer in Urban Studies, RMIT University


  • 2017 
    Deakin University, PhD in Urban Studies
  • 2012 
    University of Tehran, Master Degree in Architecture


  • 2017
    The need for diversity of uses in suburban neighbourhood centres,
  • 2016
    Persian Gardens: Meanings, Symbolism, and Design,
  • 2016
    The value of the sense of community and neighbouring,
  • 2016
    Measuring human experiences of public spaces: A methodology in the making,
  • 2015
    The social life of historical neighbourhoods: case study of a Middle Eastern city, Shiraz,
  • 2015
    Investigating the Sustainability of a Vernacular Village,
  • 2015
    Contextualizing palimpsest of collective memory in an urban heritage site: Case Study of Chahar Bagh, Shiraz-Iran,
  • 2015
    Investigating The Issue Of Pollution In The Micro-Scale Design Of Mega-Cities: A Case Study Of Enghelab Street, Tehran,
  • 2014
    A Framework for Exploring the Sense of Community and Social Life in Residential Environments,

Research Areas

  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)
  • Architecture (1201)
  • Other Built Environment And Design (1299)