Staff Profiles


Dr M. Reza Shirazi

MArch, Dr.-Ing.

Reader in Sustainable Urban Development

School of the Built Environment

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

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Reza Shirazi is a Reader in Sustainable Urban Development at the School of Built Environment. He is an expert in socio-cultural sustainability, neighbourhood planning and design, citizen participation, urban justice, discourse studies, and phenomenology of the built environment.

Reza has done extensive research on different regions and cities in Europe, North America and MENA (Middle East-North Africa). His research has been funded by European Commission (FP7, Horizon 2020), Gerda Henkel Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). He has wide experience in teaching in different areas of urban planning and design, and coordinating and directing international partnership projects.

Reza was Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) at UC Berkeley (2018-2020) and principal investigator of the EU-funded research project “(Un)Just Neighbourhoods: Socio-Spatial Justice in Urban Neighbourhoods”.

He has published several articles in leading peer-reviewed journals. His recent books include: 

  • Urban Social Sustainability: Theory, Practice and Policy (Routledge, 2019)
  • Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Iran: Tradition, Modernity, and the Production of ‘Space-In-Between’ (Springer, 2018)
  • Citizens’ Participation in Urban Planning and Development in Iran: Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge, 2017)
  • Towards an Articulated Phenomenological Interpretation of Architecture: Phenomenal Phenomenology (Routledge, 2014).

Reza is director and writer of the documentary film 'Never Surrender'. This film narrates the community fight for environmental justice, and documents the conflict between people and government over the safety of the shipyard in Bayview-Hunters Point, San Francisco.

Reza leads the Land, Design and Development research group.