Dr. Tooran Alizadeh

Dr. Tooran Alizadeh

PhD, GCert HigherEd, M.UrbDes&Plan, M.Arch, B.Arch


   G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney

    Dr. Tooran Alizadeh is a senior lecturer and the director of urban design at the School of Architecture Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. She is an interdisciplinary academic leading research in urban and regional implications of telecommunication infrastructure with a focus on the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Australia, smart cities, urban digital strategies, and telework. Her research has raised critical questions on how telecommunication infrastructure relates to the wider current planning and policy issues including debates around planning in a climate of change, and socio-spatial justice.

    As a forerunner in this growing line of research, Tooran has over 55 scholarly publications, and has presented her work around the world. Her broader research interest include spatial planning and urban design, post-disaster/war planning, spatial justice, and planning education. Prior to academia, Tooran’s had several years of professional practice experience in urban design, metropolitan planning, and disaster management.

Recent Publications:


    An investigation of IBM's Smarter Cites Challenge: What do participating cities want? Cities, 63, 70-80. [More Information]


    Political economy of telecommunication infrastructure: An investigation of the National Broadband Network early rollout and pork barrel politics in Australia. Telecommunications Policy, in press. [More Information]

    (in print-accepted on 19 Jan 2017).

    Planning deficiencies and telecommunication infrastructure: A multi-level investigation of the National Broadband Network in Australia. disP - The Planning Review.


    Urban Digital Strategies: Planning in the face of information technology?. Journal of Urban Technology. DOI:10.1080/10630732.2017.1285125