Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Development, Queensland University of Technology

Tan Yigitcanlar is an Associate Professor at the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Along with these positions, he also carries out an Executive Director role at the World Capital Institute, Monterrey, Mexico, and an Adjunct Professor positions at the School of Technology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil, and Open Innovation Academy, Daegu, Korea.

He has been responsible for research, teaching, training and capacity building programs on the fields of urban and regional planning, development and management in esteemed Australian, Brazilian, Korean, Finnish, Japanese and Turkish universities. The main foci of his research interests are clustered around the following three interrelated and interdisciplinary themes:

The first research theme is ‘Knowledge-Based Urban Development and Knowledge Cities’. In this research area, he scrutinises the impacts of globalisation and knowledge economy on urban locations. He is one of the doyens in the theorisation and evaluation of knowledge-based urban development. His research projects in this theme focus on planning, designing, development and managing knowledge cities and their knowledge and innovation clusters.

The second theme is ‘Sustainable Urban Development and Sustainable Cities’. In this theme, he investigates urban sustainability by focusing on land use and transport integration, transport accessibility and modelling, water sensitive urban design, urban ecosystems sustainability, and infrastructure resilience. His research projects in this theme employ various methods including indicator-based assessment and policy analysis and development.

The third research theme is ‘Intelligent Urban Technologies and Smart Cities’. In this research area, he examines impacts of innovative urban technologies on smart, sustainable and knowledge-based development of cities. His research projects in this theme include smart cities and communities, autonomous vehicles, online planning and decision support systems, and the impacts of urban technologies on cities and societies.

He is an Editor-in-Chief of ‘Elsevier’s Smart Cities Book Series’, the Editor-in-Chief of ‘International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development’, a Section Editor-in-Chief of ‘Sustainability’, a Regional Editor of ‘Journal of Knowledge Management’, and an Associate Editor of ‘International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology’, ‘Global Journal of Environmental Science and Management’, ‘Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity’, ‘Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship’, and ‘Journal of Smart Cities’. Additionally, he is an editorial board member of ‘Journal of Urban Technology’, ‘Knowledge Management Research & Practice’, ‘Measuring Business Excellence’, ‘International Journal of Knowledge-Based Organizations’, and ‘Urban Science’.

He undertakes the Chairman role of the annual ‘Knowledge Cities World Summit’ series, and organised conferences in many locations of the world since 2007. These locations include Monterrey (Mexico), Shenzhen (China), Melbourne (Australia), Bento Gonçalves (Brazil), Matera (Italy), Istanbul (Turkey), Tallinn (Estonia), Daegu (Korea), Vienna (Austria), Arequipa (Peru), and Tenerife (Spain). He also contributed in the organisation of other over two-dozen international conferences in various capacities.

He has published his research findings extensively. These publications also include over 130 articles published in high-impact journals, and the following 11 key reference books published by esteemed international publishing houses: ‘Geographies of Disruption’ (Springer, 2019), ‘Urban Knowledge and Innovation Spaces (Routledge, 2017), ‘Technology and the City (Routledge, 2016)’, ‘Knowledge and the City (Routledge, 2014)’, ‘Sustainable Urban Water Environment (Edward Elgar, 2014)’, ‘Building Prosperous Knowledge Cites (Edward Elgar, 2012)’, ‘Knowledge-Based Development for Cities and Societies (IGI Global, 2010)’, ‘Sustainable Urban and Regional Infrastructure Development (IGI Global, 2010)’, ‘Rethinking Sustainable Development (IGI Global, 2010)’ ‘Knowledge-Based Urban Development (IGI Global, 2008)’, and ‘Creative Urban Regions (IGI Global, 2008)’.


  • 2017–2017
    Adjunct Professor, Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • 2007–2017
    Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2011–2012
    Visiting Professor, University of Helsinki
  • 2004–2007
    Lecturer, Griffith University
  • 2002–2004
    Lecturer, University of Queensland
  • 2001–2002
    Research Fellow, University of Tokyo
  • 1996–2001
    Assistant Professor, Izmir Institute of Technology
  • 1991–1996
    Urban Planner and Designer, Yigitcanlar Planning and Design Consultancy


  • 2001 
    Izmir Institute of Technology, PhD