Dr Abbas Ziafati Bafarasat

AD (Law) BSc (Geography) MA (City & Regional Planning) PhD (Planning & Landscape)

Senior Lecturer in Town Planning

School of the Built Environment


Abbas Ziafati Bafarasat is a Senior Lecturer in Town Planning. He has academic qualifications in Law, Geography, and Planning.

Abbas completed his Ph.D. in Planning & Landscape at the University of Manchester, UK (2015). He undertook Postdoctoral studies at TU Dortmund, Germany.

He has worked in five national contexts and supervised master's theses and doctoral dissertations to successful completion. Before joining academia, Abbas worked for several years in private practice.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Housing Matters
  • Introduction to Spatial Planning

Lecture contributions: 

  • Plan and Policy Making
  • Strategic Planning and Policy


I have supervised to successful completion and externally examined PhDs. I am open to being contacted by potential Ph.D. candidates who are interested in undertaking research relating to:

1. Strategic urban design for sustainable development;

2. Urban water management;

3. Urban heat management;

4. Indicators and good practices of healthy cities; and

5. Design of knowledge and innovation districts.


Abbas has:

  • an interdisciplinary research interest in healthy and sustainable cities.
  • introduced - for the first time - a framework of ‘strategic urban design’ to build sustainable cities by low-cost, small multi-projects.
  • proposed - for the first time – ‘behavioral’ sustainability indicators (e.g., number of internet searches about water sustainability, number of followers of social media forums about water sustainability, number of parliamentary sessions about sustainable water management) and statistical analysis of their longitudinal dynamics for water sustainability monitoring.
  • led international research to identify healthy city indicators for application in urban policy, planning, and design.

Research impact

Abbas has published in top international journals, such as the Journal of Environmental Management, Sustainable Development, Cities, the Journal of Planning Literature, Land Use Policy, Futures, Environment and Planning C, and European Planning Studies.


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