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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 in urban design and planning in California. My latest book is Trophy cities: A feminist perspective on new capitals (Edward Elgar, 2021).

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)



  • 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: The impact of Covid-19 on Brisbane / Southeast Queensland. UQ Faculty of Science COVID Research Recovery Fund. Lead grant writer ($50,000).

  • 2021-2022. Project: Bikeability for Transportation: Tools and Data for Research and Practice. AURIN grant. Grant co-writer ($135,600).

  • 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, associate]
  2. Roja Gholamhosseini [completed, principal]
  3. Annie McCabe [completed, principal]
  4. Renuka Bhoge [completed, principal]
  5. Deti Kusmalawati [completed, associate]
  6. Fahimeh Khalaj [completed, principal]
  7. Tigor Panjaitan [completed, principal]
  8. Melissa Hensley [completed, principal]
  9. Tmnit Hailu [associate]
  10. Nirma Yossa [principal]
  11. Weichang Kong [principal]
  12. Xuchun Tu [principal]
  13. Sachin Goel [principal]
  14. Sufian Almubarak [principal]
  15. Geoff Rundell [associate]
  16. Xuanbo Liu [associate]
  17. Ksenia Nikolaeva [associate]

*See also Supervision.


Teaching Responsibilities

SEES Most Impassioned Teacher Award (2020)

The University of Queensland

  • Citymaking: Theory and Practice (PLAN4001 / PLAN7120) – Lecturer
  • Planning Theory (PLAN4001 / PLAN7120) – Lecturer & Coordinator [Highly Commended course by AESOP]
  • Transport Planning (PLAN2100 / PLAN7116) – Lecturer & Coordinator [Dean's Commendation for Excellent Teaching]
  • History of the Built Environment (PLAN2005) – Lecturer & Coordinator




English, Albanian, Italian, Spanish, French.


Service Roles (UQ)

  • Chair of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (SEES) [current]
  • Member of Early and Mid-Career Researchers Reference Group (Faculty of Science) [current]
  • Member of Research Committee (SEES) [past]
  • Member of Health, Safety and Wellness Committee (SEES) [past]


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

Areas of research