Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme


Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Built Environment

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Associate Professor Tan Yigitcanlar
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


The research aims to address contemporary urbanisation (urban planning, development and management) challenges by focusing on one of the following three broad research areas:

Investigation into intelligent urban technologies and formation of smart cities

Research topics in this area include:

  • urban technology
  • smart cities
  • smart communities
  • technology convergence and built environment
  • ubiquitous eco-city
  • smart urban and transport modelling
  • autonomous vehicles
  • artificial intelligence
  • intelligent urban management systems
  • online public participatory planning
  • web-based decision/planning support systems.

Investigation into knowledge-based urban development and formation of knowledge cities

Research topics in this area include:

  • knowledge-based urban/regional development
  • knowledge cities
  • creative urban regions
  • knowledge economy
  • knowledge industries
  • knowledge workers
  • knowledge community precinct
  • urban knowledge and innovation spaces
  • place branding.

Investigation into sustainable urban development and formation of sustainable cities

Research topics in this area include:

  • sustainable urban development
  • sustainable cities
  • sustainable and resilient infrastructure
  • sustainable transport systems
  • accessibility planning
  • transport disadvantage
  • urban sustainability indicators and frameworks
  • climate change
  • water sensitive urban design
  • zero-carbon cities
  • healthy cities and communities.

Research activities

In this project you'll be addressing a contemporary urban planning and development challenge by using various analysis techniques. Examples can include qualitative, quantitative and spatial analysis.


You'll gain in-depth knowledge and experience in addressing contemporary urban planning and development challenges.

Skills and experience

To be considered for this project, you'll need to demonstrate:

  • skills and experience in urban research
  • broad understanding of contemporary urbanisation issues
  • knowledge in at least one of the following analysis techniques:
    • qualitative
    • quantitative
    • spatial analysis.



Contact the supervisor for more information.