Dr Tooran Alizadeh

PhD, GCert HigherEd, M.UrbDes&Plan, M.Arch, B.Arch

G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Dr. Tooran Alizadeh is an interdisciplinary academic leading cutting-edge research in policy and planning implications of telecommunication infrastructure with a focus on the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Australia, smart cities, urban digital strategies, and telework. Her broader research interest, however, includes spatial planning and urban design, post-disaster/war planning, spatial justice, and planning education.
Tooran is a passionate and effective teacher with a commitment in excellent student-centered learning outcomes, evidenced by outstanding student evaluation, and several teaching commendations. She has developed, convened, and delivered diverse undergraduate and postgraduate courses including architecture studios, urban design and planning studios, urban design and planning theory and practice, critical infrastructure, practice placement, and urban analysis.
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.

Research interests

− Urban and regional implications of telecommunication: Smart cities, broadband infrastructure, urban digital strategies, political-economy of infrastructure deployment, and telework

− Post-disaster/war planning in both developed and developing countries

− Urban design and spatial planning: public spaces, wayfinding, place making, sustainable cities

− Spatial justice: urban implications of refugee debates, equity of access to infrastructure

− Design and planning education: studio pedagogy, blended learning

Current research students

Project title Research student
Twentieth Century Modernity and the 'Transformation of Housing in Tehran' Mazdak IRANI

Selected grants

2017

  • Co-Producing Responses to 'Crisis' - Informal accommodation and vulnerable households in metropolitan Sydney: the scale, drivers and policy responses; Gurran N, Pill M, Phibbs P, Maalsen S, Alizadeh Fard T, Iveson K; DVC Research/Sydney Policy Lab.

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Steele, W., Alizadeh, T., Eslami-Andargoli, L., Serrao-Neumann, S. (2014). Planning across borders in a climate of change. London: Routledge.

Book Chapters

  • Alizadeh, T. (2017). The role of telecommunication in post-petroleum planning: The tale of National Broadband Network in Australia. In Jago Dodson, Neil Sipe, Anitra Nelson (Eds.), Planning After Petroleum: Preparing Cities for the Age Beyond Oil, (pp. 209-221). London: Routledge.
  • Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2014). Inter-sectoral and inner- sectoral borders across critical infrastructure: Lessons from the US and Australia. In Wendy Steele, Tooran Alizadeh, Leila Eslami-Andargoli, Silvia Serrao-Neumann (Eds.), Planning across borders in a climate of change, (pp. 90-106). London: Routledge.
  • Alizadeh Fard, T. (2010). The Interaction between Local and Regional KnowledgeBased Development: Towards a Quadruple Helix Model. In Kostas Metaxiotis, Francisco Javier Carrillo, Tan Yigitcanlar (Eds.), Knowledge-Based Development for Cities and Societies: Integrated Multi-Level Approaches, (pp. 81-98). Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global.

Journals

  • Alizadeh, T. (2017). An investigation of IBM's Smarter Cites Challenge: What do participating cities want? Cities, 63, 70-80. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh Fard, T. (2017). Planning Deficiencies and Telecommunication Infrastructure: A Multi-level Investigation of the National Broadband Network in Australia. D I S P, 53(3), 43-57. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Farid, R. (2017). Political economy of telecommunication infrastructure: An investigation of the National Broadband Network early rollout and pork barrel politics in Australia. Telecommunications Policy, in press. [More Information]
  • Steele, W., Alizadeh, T., Eslami-Andargoli, L. (2016). Planning across borders Why a focus on borders? Why now? Australian Planner, 50(2), 93-95. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Tomerini, D., Colbran, S. (2016). Teaching Planning Studios: An Online Assessment Task to Enhance the First Year Experience. Journal of Planning Education and Research, online (in press). [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2016). Telecommunications and transportation infrastructure: inter- and intra-sectoral borders � perspectives from Australia and the US. International Planning Studies, 21(1), 50-63. [More Information]
  • Irajifar, L., Sipe, N., Alizadeh, T. (2016). The impact of urban form on disaster resiliency: A case study of Brisbane and Ipswich, Australia. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 7(3), 259-275. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2016). Vancouver's Digital Strategy: Disruption, new direction, or business as usual? International Journal of E-Planning Research, 5(4), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T. (2015). A policy analysis of two digital strategies: Brisbane vs. Vancouver. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 6(2), 85-103. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Shearer, H. (2015). A snapshot of high-speed broadband responses at local government level in Australia: a marriage between federally funded initiatives and locally driven innovations? Australian Planner, 52(1), 42-50. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2015). Brisbane's digital strategy: an economic strategy for the digital age? Australian Planner, 52(1), 35-41. [More Information]
  • Shafaghat, A., Keyvanfar, A., Ferwati, M., Alizadeh, T. (2015). Enhancing staff's satisfaction with comfort toward productivity by sustainable Open Plan Office Design. Sustainable Cities and Society, 19, 151-164. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T. (2015). Local Government Planning and High-Speed Broadband in Australia. Journal of Urban Technology, 22(4), 23-43. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Shearer, H., Sipe, N. (2015). Planning Implications of Telecommunication: Why telecommunication infrastructure? Why now? Australian Planner, 52(1), 1-3. [More Information]
  • Willems, L., Alizadeh, T. (2015). Social media for public involvement and sustainability in international planning and development. International Journal of E-Planning Research, 4(4), 1-17. [More Information]
  • Albayati, D., Sipe, N., Alizadeh, T., Tomerini, D. (2015). The impact of urban form on travel behavior in three Baghdad neighborhoods affected by terrorism. Urban, Planning and Transport Research, 3(1), 32-45. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T. (2015). The spatial justice implications of telecommunication infrastructure: The socio-economic status of early national broadband network rollout in Australia. International Journal of Critical Infrastructures, 11(3), 278-296. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N., Dodson, J. (2014). Spatial Planning and High-Speed Broadband: Australia's National Broadband Network and Metropolitan Planning. International Planning Studies, 19, 359-378. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2013). Impediments to Teleworking in Live/Work Communities: Local Planning Regulations and Tax Policies. Urban Policy and Research, 31(2), 208-224. [More Information]
  • Steele, W., Alizadeh, T., Eslami-Andargoli, L. (2013). Planning across borders. Australian Planner, 50(2), 96-102. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T. (2013). Planning implications of telework: a policy analysis of the Sydney metropolitan strategy. Australian Planner, 50(4), 304-315. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T. (2012). Desired configuration of live/work communities for information workers: a new perspective on an old debate between mixed-use small towns vs. mono-functional suburbia. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 3(3), 264-282. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T. (2012). Teleworkers' Characteristics in Live/Work Communities: Lessons from the United States and Australia. Journal of Urban Technology, 19(3), 63-84. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh Fard, T. (2009). Urban design in the digital age: a literature review of telework and wired communities. Journal of Urbanism, 2(3), 195-213.

Conferences

  • Tomerini, D., Alizadeh, T. (2016). Towards an understanding of the higher education experience of planning students with refugee backgrounds. Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools 2016 (ANZAPS), Sydney: ANZAPS.
  • Vaez, S., Burke, M., Alizadeh, T. (2016). Urban Form and Wayfinding: Review of Cognitive and Spatial Knowledge for Individuals' Navigation. The 38th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) 2016, Canberra: Australasian Transport Forum.
  • Zamanifard, H., Alizadeh, T., Coiacetto, E., Sipe, N. (2016). Why Some Places Do Better than Others: A Closer Look at Urban Public Space Management. 9th International Urban Design Conference 2016, Nerang: Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.
  • Irajifar, L., Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2015). Neighbourhood Disaster Resilience Index: A Validation in the Context of Brisbane and Ipswich 2010/2011 Floods. 2015 State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 2015), Gold Coast: Australian Cities Research Network (ACRN).
  • Irajifar, L., Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2015). Resilience Assessment: Recovery of Brisbane Neighbourhoods after 2011 Flood. 7th International i-Rec Conference: Reconstruction and Recovery in Urban Contexts, London: University College London.
  • Alizadeh, T. (2015). Telecommunication infrastructure and pork barrel politics? An investigation of the National Broadband Network early rollout and voting behaviour in Australia. 2015 State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 2015), Gold Coast: Australian Cities Research Network (ACRN).
  • Alizadeh, T., Colbran, S. (2014). Introduction and evaluation of an online assessment to enhance first year Urban and Environmental Planning students� time-on-task. ANZAPS: Planning, Politics and People - Australia & New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference, Palmerston North: Massey University.
  • Irajifar, L., Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2013). Disaster resiliency measurement frameworks: State of the art. 19th CIB World Building Congress 2013, Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology.
  • Alizadeh, T. (2013). Towards the socio-economic patterns of the National Broadband Network rollout in Australia. 6th State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 2013), Sydney: State of Australian Cities Research Network.
  • Alizadeh, T., Dodson, J., Sipe, N. (2011). Metropolitan planning and NBN: A comparative policy analysis, Sydney vs. Brisbane. 2011 State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC 2011), Melbourne: State of Australian Cities Research Network.
  • Alizadeh, T. (2011). Urban implications of telework: Policy gap in Sydney metropolitan planning? World Planning Schools Congress 2011 (WPSC 2011), Perth, Australia: University of Western Australia.
  • Alizadeh Fard, T. (2010). Towards Efficient Regulatory Environment for Telework in the Digital Age. 4th Housing Researchers Conference (APNHR 2009), Sydney, Australia: City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

2017

  • Alizadeh, T. (2017). An investigation of IBM's Smarter Cites Challenge: What do participating cities want? Cities, 63, 70-80. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh Fard, T. (2017). Planning Deficiencies and Telecommunication Infrastructure: A Multi-level Investigation of the National Broadband Network in Australia. D I S P, 53(3), 43-57. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Farid, R. (2017). Political economy of telecommunication infrastructure: An investigation of the National Broadband Network early rollout and pork barrel politics in Australia. Telecommunications Policy, in press. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T. (2017). The role of telecommunication in post-petroleum planning: The tale of National Broadband Network in Australia. In Jago Dodson, Neil Sipe, Anitra Nelson (Eds.), Planning After Petroleum: Preparing Cities for the Age Beyond Oil, (pp. 209-221). London: Routledge.

2016

  • Steele, W., Alizadeh, T., Eslami-Andargoli, L. (2016). Planning across borders Why a focus on borders? Why now? Australian Planner, 50(2), 93-95. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Tomerini, D., Colbran, S. (2016). Teaching Planning Studios: An Online Assessment Task to Enhance the First Year Experience. Journal of Planning Education and Research, online (in press). [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2016). Telecommunications and transportation infrastructure: inter- and intra-sectoral borders � perspectives from Australia and the US. International Planning Studies, 21(1), 50-63. [More Information]
  • Irajifar, L., Sipe, N., Alizadeh, T. (2016). The impact of urban form on disaster resiliency: A case study of Brisbane and Ipswich, Australia. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 7(3), 259-275. [More Information]
  • Tomerini, D., Alizadeh, T. (2016). Towards an understanding of the higher education experience of planning students with refugee backgrounds. Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools 2016 (ANZAPS), Sydney: ANZAPS.
  • Vaez, S., Burke, M., Alizadeh, T. (2016). Urban Form and Wayfinding: Review of Cognitive and Spatial Knowledge for Individuals' Navigation. The 38th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) 2016, Canberra: Australasian Transport Forum.
  • Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2016). Vancouver's Digital Strategy: Disruption, new direction, or business as usual? International Journal of E-Planning Research, 5(4), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Zamanifard, H., Alizadeh, T., Coiacetto, E., Sipe, N. (2016). Why Some Places Do Better than Others: A Closer Look at Urban Public Space Management. 9th International Urban Design Conference 2016, Nerang: Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.

2015

  • Alizadeh, T. (2015). A policy analysis of two digital strategies: Brisbane vs. Vancouver. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 6(2), 85-103. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Shearer, H. (2015). A snapshot of high-speed broadband responses at local government level in Australia: a marriage between federally funded initiatives and locally driven innovations? Australian Planner, 52(1), 42-50. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2015). Brisbane's digital strategy: an economic strategy for the digital age? Australian Planner, 52(1), 35-41. [More Information]
  • Shafaghat, A., Keyvanfar, A., Ferwati, M., Alizadeh, T. (2015). Enhancing staff's satisfaction with comfort toward productivity by sustainable Open Plan Office Design. Sustainable Cities and Society, 19, 151-164. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T. (2015). Local Government Planning and High-Speed Broadband in Australia. Journal of Urban Technology, 22(4), 23-43. [More Information]
  • Irajifar, L., Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2015). Neighbourhood Disaster Resilience Index: A Validation in the Context of Brisbane and Ipswich 2010/2011 Floods. 2015 State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 2015), Gold Coast: Australian Cities Research Network (ACRN).
  • Alizadeh, T., Shearer, H., Sipe, N. (2015). Planning Implications of Telecommunication: Why telecommunication infrastructure? Why now? Australian Planner, 52(1), 1-3. [More Information]
  • Irajifar, L., Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2015). Resilience Assessment: Recovery of Brisbane Neighbourhoods after 2011 Flood. 7th International i-Rec Conference: Reconstruction and Recovery in Urban Contexts, London: University College London.
  • Willems, L., Alizadeh, T. (2015). Social media for public involvement and sustainability in international planning and development. International Journal of E-Planning Research, 4(4), 1-17. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T. (2015). Telecommunication infrastructure and pork barrel politics? An investigation of the National Broadband Network early rollout and voting behaviour in Australia. 2015 State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 2015), Gold Coast: Australian Cities Research Network (ACRN).
  • Albayati, D., Sipe, N., Alizadeh, T., Tomerini, D. (2015). The impact of urban form on travel behavior in three Baghdad neighborhoods affected by terrorism. Urban, Planning and Transport Research, 3(1), 32-45. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T. (2015). The spatial justice implications of telecommunication infrastructure: The socio-economic status of early national broadband network rollout in Australia. International Journal of Critical Infrastructures, 11(3), 278-296. [More Information]

2014

  • Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2014). Inter-sectoral and inner- sectoral borders across critical infrastructure: Lessons from the US and Australia. In Wendy Steele, Tooran Alizadeh, Leila Eslami-Andargoli, Silvia Serrao-Neumann (Eds.), Planning across borders in a climate of change, (pp. 90-106). London: Routledge.
  • Alizadeh, T., Colbran, S. (2014). Introduction and evaluation of an online assessment to enhance first year Urban and Environmental Planning students� time-on-task. ANZAPS: Planning, Politics and People - Australia & New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference, Palmerston North: Massey University.
  • Steele, W., Alizadeh, T., Eslami-Andargoli, L., Serrao-Neumann, S. (2014). Planning across borders in a climate of change. London: Routledge.
  • Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N., Dodson, J. (2014). Spatial Planning and High-Speed Broadband: Australia's National Broadband Network and Metropolitan Planning. International Planning Studies, 19, 359-378. [More Information]

2013

  • Irajifar, L., Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2013). Disaster resiliency measurement frameworks: State of the art. 19th CIB World Building Congress 2013, Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology.
  • Alizadeh, T., Sipe, N. (2013). Impediments to Teleworking in Live/Work Communities: Local Planning Regulations and Tax Policies. Urban Policy and Research, 31(2), 208-224. [More Information]
  • Steele, W., Alizadeh, T., Eslami-Andargoli, L. (2013). Planning across borders. Australian Planner, 50(2), 96-102. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T. (2013). Planning implications of telework: a policy analysis of the Sydney metropolitan strategy. Australian Planner, 50(4), 304-315. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T. (2013). Towards the socio-economic patterns of the National Broadband Network rollout in Australia. 6th State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 2013), Sydney: State of Australian Cities Research Network.

2012

  • Alizadeh, T. (2012). Desired configuration of live/work communities for information workers: a new perspective on an old debate between mixed-use small towns vs. mono-functional suburbia. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 3(3), 264-282. [More Information]
  • Alizadeh, T. (2012). Teleworkers' Characteristics in Live/Work Communities: Lessons from the United States and Australia. Journal of Urban Technology, 19(3), 63-84. [More Information]

2011

  • Alizadeh, T., Dodson, J., Sipe, N. (2011). Metropolitan planning and NBN: A comparative policy analysis, Sydney vs. Brisbane. 2011 State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC 2011), Melbourne: State of Australian Cities Research Network.
  • Alizadeh, T. (2011). Urban implications of telework: Policy gap in Sydney metropolitan planning? World Planning Schools Congress 2011 (WPSC 2011), Perth, Australia: University of Western Australia.

2010

  • Alizadeh Fard, T. (2010). The Interaction between Local and Regional KnowledgeBased Development: Towards a Quadruple Helix Model. In Kostas Metaxiotis, Francisco Javier Carrillo, Tan Yigitcanlar (Eds.), Knowledge-Based Development for Cities and Societies: Integrated Multi-Level Approaches, (pp. 81-98). Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global.
  • Alizadeh Fard, T. (2010). Towards Efficient Regulatory Environment for Telework in the Digital Age. 4th Housing Researchers Conference (APNHR 2009), Sydney, Australia: City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

2009

  • Alizadeh Fard, T. (2009). Urban design in the digital age: a literature review of telework and wired communities. Journal of Urbanism, 2(3), 195-213.

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