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.