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I am Senior Lecturer in urban planning (tenured/confirmed in 2017). My research interests encompass built environment topics (urban design, urban transport, and urban housing) in both the Global North and 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 numerous articles on urban planning. My latest books are The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies (Springer, 2017), Parking: An International Perspective (Elsevier, 2020), and Planning for Sustainable Urban Transport in Southeast Asia: Policy Transfer, Diffusion, and Mobility (Springer, 2020).

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

Editorial Boards

Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice (since 2021)

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. 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. 2004.
  • Professional Degree in Architecture, Polytechnic University of Tirana, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tirana, Albania. 1998-2003.


Funded Projects*

  • 2021-2022. Project: Bikeability for Transportation: Tools and Data for Research and Practice. AURIN grant. Grant co-writer ($135,621).

  • 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 [completed]
  5. Deti Kusmalawati [completed]
  6. Fahimeh Khalaj [completed]
  7. Tmnit Hailu
  8. Tigor Panjaitan
  9. Melissa Hensley
  10. Sachin Goel
  11. Nirma Yossa
  12. Weichang Kong
  13. Xuchun Tu
  14. Abolghasem Azhdari
  15. Ksenia Nikolaeva

*See also Supervision.


Teaching Responsibilities

SEES Most Impassioned Teacher Award (2020)

The University of Queensland

  • Planning Theory (PLAN4001 / PLAN7120) – Lecturer & Coordinator [Highly Commended course by AESOP]
  • Transport Planning (PLAN2100 / PLAN7116) – Lecturer & Coordinator
  • History of the Built Environment (PLAN2005) – Lecturer & Coordinator




English, Albanian, Italian, Spanish, French.


Service Roles (UQ)

  • Chair of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (SEES);
  • Member of Research Committee (SEES);
  • Member of Early and Mid-Career Researchers Reference Group (Faculty of Science)


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

Areas of research