Researcher biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in urban planning (tenured in 2017). My research interests encompass built environment topics (urban design, urban transport, and urban housing) in both the Global North and the Global South. I completed my graduate studies in the US, Albania, and Belgium, and my postdoctoral residency in the Netherlands. I have held guest teaching and/or research positions in Austria, Chile, and Italy. Prior to joining academia, I worked for several years in urban design and planning in California. I have published books and numerous articles on urban planning. My latest books are The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies (Springer, 2017) and Parking: An International Perspective (Elsevier, 2020).

For a full list of publications (with full text) visit the following pages:

Editorial Boards

Journal of Planning Education and Research (since 2019)

TeMA: Journal of Land Use, Mobility, and Environment (since 2012)



  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft, the Netherlands. 2012-2014.
  • PhD in Urban Planning, Polytechnic University of Tirana, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tirana, Albania. 2007-2010.
  • Visiting PhD student, University of California at Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs, Los Angeles, Ca, USA. Winter and spring terms 2009.
  • Master in Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, Cincinnati, Oh, USA. Full scholarship award. 2003-2005.
  • Visiting Master student, Catholic University of Leuven, Faculty of Architecture (St Lucas), Brussels, Belgium. Recipient of US government FIPSE grant. Fall term 2004.
  • Professional Degree in Architecture, Polytechnic University of Tirana, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tirana, Albania. 1998-2003.


Funded Projects*

  • 2017-2020. Project: Reclaiming lost ground: Transitions of mobility and parking. Australian Research Council, Linkage grant. Grant co-writer ($358,000).

  • 2016. Project: Planning Tiger Cub City-Regions: Role Models and Policy Transfers in Sustainable Transport in Southeast Asia. Project based in Indonesia,the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand. UQ Early Career Researcher grant. Principal investigator and main applicant ($26,150).

  • 2015-2017. Project: Urban planning issues in planned capital cities in seven countries: Burma, India, Korea, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Brazil, and Australia. The University of Queensland, new staff grant. ($15,000).

  • 2014-2016. Project: CASUAL: Co-creating Attractive and Sustainable Urban Areas and Lifestyles - Exploring New Forms of Inclusive Urban Governance. Grant from: European Joint Programme Initiative / Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Researcher. Main applicant: Nordregio - Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, Sweden.

  • 2014-2015. Project: Informal Housing in the Balkans. Grant from: Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Stichting (EFL) Foundation, The Netherlands. Principal investigator and main applicant (€10,000).

  • 2012-2014. Project: iTOD, Implementing Transit-Oriented Development. Grant from: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Researcher. Main applicant: University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • 2011. Project: State of European Cities in Transition: Taking Stock after Twenty Years of Reform. Grant from: United Nations Habitat. Researcher. Main applicant: Institute of Urban Development, Poland.

  • 2011. Project: Albania's Third National Communication with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Consultant for United Nations Development Programme.

*For a list of grants administered at UQ, see Grants.


Research Students (PhD and MPhil)*

  1. Els Leclercq [completed]
  2. Roja Gholamhosseini [completed]
  3. Annie McCabe [completed]
  4. Renuka Bhoge
  5. Sachin Goel
  6. Tigor Panjaitan
  7. Melissa Hensley
  8. Fahimeh Khalaj
  9. Nirma Yossa
  10. Kristofina Asino
  11. Weichang Kong
  12. Deti Kusmalawati [associate advisor]
  13. Ksenia Nikolaeva [external, QUT]

*See also Supervision.


Teaching Responsibilities

The University of Queensland

  • Planning Theory (PLAN4001 / PLAN7120) – Lecturer & Coordinator
  • History of the Built Environment (PLAN2005) – Lecturer & Coordinator
  • Plan Making / Urban Design (PLAN3000 / PLAN7121) – Guest Lecturer
  • Development Planning (PLAN7612) – Guest Lecturer




English, Albanian, Italian, and Spanish – fluent; French – conversational.


Professional Associations

Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)


Last updated: 18 July 2019

Featured projects Duration
Reclaiming lost ground: Transitions of mobility and parking
Australian Research Council

Areas of research