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Dr Sina Shahab

Dr Sina Shahab

Lecturer in Planning and Land Policy

Ysgol Daearyddiaeth a Chynllunio

+44 (0)29 2087 6092
Room 1.55, Adeilad Morgannwg, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WA
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  • Lecturer in Planning and Land Policy at the Cardiff School of Geography and Planning
  • Lead of the Spatial Planning and City Environments (SPACE) Research Group
  • Representative of the UK Planning Schools in the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)
  • Member of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Principal Investigator - ESRC UK and South Korea Connections Grants 2022

Have been awarded an ESRC grant to collaborate with a team of UK and South Korean researchers on the project 'Creating Prosperous City Centres Post-Pandemic Through Repurposing Retail Space'. This project will bring together researchers from six different universities (Cardiff University, University of Glasgow, Nottingham Trent University, University of Seoul, Hanbat National University, and Seoul National University) to share knowledge and experience of practice and research on the planning and regeneration of retail spaces in city centres in the UK and South Korea to identify future challenges and develop solutions.

The RTPI Award for Research Excellence 2018

One of my papers, ‘‘Estimates of Transaction Costs in Transfer of Development Rights Programs’’, which is published in the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA), was selected as the winner of the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Research Excellence Award 2018 - Early Career Category.

The JAPA Article of the Year Award 2019

The paper ‘‘Estimates of Transaction Costs in Transfer of Development Rights Programs’’, was selected as the winner of the JAPA Article of the Year Award 2019.



  • Professional Diploma for Entrepreneurial Educators, University College Dublin, Ireland (2018)
  • PhD (Planning and Environmental Policy), University College Dublin, Ireland (2017)
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Tehran, Iran (2011)

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2019 - The JAPA Article of the Year Award
2018 - The RTPI Award for Research Excellence

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK (2018-present)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin, Ireland (2019-present)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin, Ireland (2017-2018)









I lead the postgraduate modules ‘Planning and Real Estate’ and ‘Critical Planning Practice and Research’. I also contribute to several modules including 'Site Planning and Development Valuation', 'Space and Place: International Planning Practice',Environmental Policy and Climate Change’, Community Engagement, Mediation and Negotiation Skills’, and ‘Research Project’.

My research interests, experience, and expertise lie at the intersection of Spatial Planning and Environmental Policy. Informed by various economic theories, including New Institutional Economics and Behavioural Economics, my research explores the ways in which decision-makers can design and implement land, planning, and environmental policies that are more effective, efficient, and equitable.

My policy research and practice experiences have been in an international context, involving projects in the USA, UK, Switzerland, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Spain, China, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Iran, and Mauritania. My recent work has analysed land policy in Switzerland, Land Improvement Syndicates, from the lens of transaction costs and property rights theories. Previously, I examined the extent, drivers, and distribution of transaction costs in a market-based policy instrument- transferable development rights.


I am happy to supervise students interested in the following research areas:

Development Management and Land Policy:

  • Instruments of Land Policy (e.g., Land Readjustment, TDR, Land Taxation)
  • Transaction Costs, Property Rights, and Land Policy
  • Developer Obligations and Land Value Capture
  • Self-build and Custom Housebuilding
  • Quality of Real Estate Development

Environmental Policy:

  • Behavioural Economics and the Environment (e.g., Sludge and Nudge Theory)
  • Policy-related Transaction Costs
  • Policy Implementation and Institutional Arrangements
  • Policy Analysis (particularly concerning Fuel Poverty)