Shirin Malekpour

Research Leader in Strategic Planning and Futures Studies, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University

I am a civil engineer and a social scientist. In my research, I study long-term planning processes in both private and public sectors, and develop interventions that can enable more robust decisions in the face of deep uncertainties and ever-increasing complexities. My work has strong implications for realising the vision of sustainable development.

I work at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute - a centre for sustainable development research and education at Monash University, Australia. I am leading an initiative on Futures, which aims to develop processes and tools to assist decision makers in framing futures issues and developing strategies in the context of sustainable development. These processes and tools include visioning and backcasting, scenario planning and stress-testing. etc.

I have several years of professional engineering experience in the private sector, and have been a project coordinator for large infrastructure projects across Africa and the Middle East.


  • 2016–present
    Research Leader in Strategic Planning and Futures Studies, Monash Sustainable Development Institute
  • 2015–2016
    Lecturer, International Water Centre
  • 2005–2010
    Project Coordinator, Kianab Group Co.


  • 2016 
    Monash University, PhD in Strategic Infrastrucutre Planning
  • 2012 
    Delft University of Technology, Msc in Civil Engineering


  • 2017
    Preparing for disruptions: A diagnostic strategic planning intervention for sustainable development, Cities
  • 2016
    A methodology to enable exploratory thinking in strategic planning, Technological Forecasting and Social Change
  • 2015
    Strategic planning of urban infrastructure for environmental sustainability: Understanding the past to intervene for the future, Cities
  • 2013
    Judgment under uncertainty; a probabilistic evaluation framework for decision-making about sanitation systems in low-income countries, Journal of Environmental Management