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Dr Nastaran Peimani

Dr Nastaran Peimani

Lecturer in Urban Design

+44 (0)29 2087 5980
Room 4.19, Friary House, Greyfriars Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AE


I am a Lecturer in Urban Design at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University. My research focuses on transit-oriented urbanism and the challenge of transforming car-dependent cities. In particular, I am interested in the nexus of urban morphology, transport modes and walkability around major transit nodes in less formal and more congested cities. My research interests include transit urbanism, urban design of transit nodes in rapidly growing cities, urban morphology, urban mapping, informal transport, informal street trading, temporary urbanism, gendered public spaces and politics of place.­


Prior to joining Welsh School of Architecture, I served as a Research Assistant, Guest Lecturer and Tutor in Urban Design at the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne. My background is in Architecture. I hold a PhD in Urban Design with competitive scholarships as well as a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching from the University of Melbourne.

Since 2014, I have developed extensive teaching experience at different universities. I have been involved in teaching and delivering lectures in the subjects of Urban Design Theory, Urban Morphological Mapping and Urban Environments for both postgraduate and undergraduate students at the University of Melbourne. I have been selected for the Emerging Scholar Award (2018) by the Spaces and­ Flows Research Network.

My engagement as a Research Assistant in Urban Design at the Melbourne School of Design has been in research projects titled ‘Multi-Scalar Mobilities: Metropolitan Transit Nodes and Neighbourhood Morphologies’. This project adopts a multidisciplinary approach to advance the understanding of multi-scalar access by investigating the nexus between metropolitan transit networks, station design and neighbourhood morphologies.

I have also been involved in a research project titled ‘Contested Waterfronts: Informality, Floods and Capital in Southeast Asian Cities’. This is a joint project between Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Melbourne School of Design to investigate the ways riverfronts have been contested by multiple forces in Indonesian cities.







  • Peimani, N. and Dovey, K. 2017. Motorcycle mobilities. In: Dovey, K., Pafka, E. and Ristic, M. eds. Mapping Urbanities: Morphologies, Flows, Possibilities. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 119-128., (10.4324/9781315309163)




I am involved in teaching in MA Urban Design program. I lead the Research Methods and Techniques module (CPT853), which introduces postgraduate students to the specific skills, methods and tools required for research-based design projects. I also teach in Urban Design modules including Urban Design Foundation (CPT852), Autumn Studio (CPT910) and Spring Studio (CPT911) as well as supervise postgraduate dissertations in Urban Design.