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Dr. Razieh Zandieh has joined the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Urban design and Planning in 2017. She completed her PhD research on ‘Healthy urban planning: the influence of the built environment on older adults’ outdoor walking’ in 2017, at department of urban and regional planning and geo-information management, ITC, University of Twente, the Netherlands. She earned her Master’s Degree in Urban Design and her Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering. She has worked professionally as an urban designer and architect for five years, attended several conferences and published journal papers. She is available to supervise PhD students. 

Research interests

  • Healthy urban planning and design;
  • Walkability and sustainability;
  • Social and spatial inequalities;
  • Age-friendly city.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Member of Urban Design Group (UDG);
  • Member of Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA);
  • Member of the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH);
  • Design Council Expert (Specialist);
  • Member of UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab.

Methodological knowledge

  • Qualitative method;
  • Quantitative method;
  • Mixed-method.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Healthy Urban Planning: The Influence of The Built Environment on Older Adults' Outdoor Walking, University of Twente

Award Date: 21 Sept 2017

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Urban Institute
  • Healthier Futures


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