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Dr Sina Shahab

Dr Sina Shahab

Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Policy

School of Geography and Planning

Email
shahabs@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6092
Campuses
Room 1.55, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

  • Lecturer in Planning and Environmental 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)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Affiliate of the Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACE)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor at University College Dublin (UCD), School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy

News

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), has been chosen 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’’, has been selected as the winner of the JAPA Article of the Year Award 2019.

Biography

Qualifications

  • 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)

Honours and awards

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

Academic positions

  • 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)

Publications

2020

2019

2018

2017

Teaching

I lead the postgraduate modules ‘Planning and Real Estate’ and ‘Critical Planning Practice and Research’. I also contribute to several modules including ‘Designing Places and Plans’, ‘Community Engagement, Mediation and Negotiation Skills’, ‘Environmental Policy and Climate Change’ 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 most recent work has analysed a 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.

Supervision

I am happy to supervise students interested in the following topics:

Land Policy:

  • Instruments of Land Policy (e.g. Land Readjustment, TDR, Land Taxation)
  • Transaction Costs and Land Policy
  • Property Rights and Land Policy
  • Market-based Instruments (MBIs)
  • Development Management
  • Land Value Capture

Environmental Policy:

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