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Associate Professor in Urbanism and Telecommunication Planning, Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) Fellow, University of Sydney

Associate Professor Tooran Alizadeh is an interdisciplinary academic leading cutting-edge research in urban and regional policy and planning implications of telecommunication infrastructure with a focus on the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Australia, Google Fiber in the US, smart cities, and urban digital strategies. Her broader research interest, however, includes spatial planning and urban design, post-disaster/war planning, spatial justice, and planning education.
Prior to academia, Tooran had several years of professional practice and project management experience in metropolitan planning, new town development, urban design, and disaster management.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Director of Urban Design, University of Sydney
  • 2018–2019
    Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2011–2017
    Senior Lecturer, Griffith University


  • 2013 
    Griffith University, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • 2010 
    University of Syndey, PhD, Urban and Regional Planning and Policy
  • 2005 
    Shahid Beheshti University, Master of Urban Design
  • 2002 
    Shahid Beheshti University, Master of Architecture

Research Areas

  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)
  • Communications And Media Policy (160503)
  • Urban Policy (160514)