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Professor Ali Madanipour
Professor of Urban Design, Director of Global Urban Research Unit (GURU)

  • Email: ali.madani@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6050
  • Address: School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
    Claremont Tower
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU


Ali Madanipour is Professor of Urban Design and the Director of Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/guru/). He has studied (MArch, PhD), practised, researched, and taught architecture, urban design and planning, winning design and research awards, and working with academic and municipal partners from around the world. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Persian and Spanish. His visiting positions include the City of Vienna Senior Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Vienna (2010), the Wits-Claude Leon Distinguished Scholar at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (2011), and Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic of Milan (2015).

Forthcoming books include:

  • Planning Theory, Four Volumes, Critical Concepts in Built Environment Series (2015, ed, Routledge);
  • Handbook of Planning Theory (2016, co-ed, Routledge); 
  • Cities in Time: Temporary Urbanism and the Future of Cities (2016, Bloomsbury)

 Published books include:

  • Reconsidering Localism (2015, co-ed, Routledge);
  • Urban Design, Space and Society (2014, Palgrave-Macmillan);
  • Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe (2014, co-ed, Routledge);
  • Handboek Ruimtelijke Kwaliteit (2013, co-ed, ASP)
  • Knowledge Economy and the City (2011, Routledge, 2013 paperback);
  • Whose Public Space? International Case Studies in Urban Design and Development (2010, ed, Routledge);
  • Designing the City of Reason (2007, Routledge);
  • Public and Private Spaces of the City (2003, Routledge);
  • Social Exclusion in European Cities (2003, co-ed, Routledge,);
  • Urban Governance, Institutional Capacity and Social Milieux (2002; co-ed, Ashgate);
  • The Governance of Place (2001, co-ed, Ashgate);
  • Tehran: the making of a metropolis (1998, Wiley, 2000 Persian);
  • Design of Urban Space: An inquiry into a socio-spatial process (1996, Wiley, 1999 Mandarin Taipei, 2000 Persian, 2009 Mandarin Beijing trans);
  • Managing Cities (1995, co-ed, Wiley).



Research Interests

Design, development and management of cities, in particular research into: the urban space, its social and psychological significance, processes that shape it, agencies of urban change, and implications of change for disadvantaged social groups and the environment.

Currently supervising doctoral candidates on public space, urban development and management.


- Territorial Approaches for New Governance, 2011-14 (ESPON)

- Territorial Indicators of Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe, 2012-14 (ESPON)

- Urban Project’s Workshops And Responsible Design, 2012-13 (ERASMUS) (http://areeweb.polito.it/didattica/UPWARD/)

- Spatial innovation, planning, design and user involvement, 2010-14 (SBO-IWT) (http://www.spindus.org/)

- Sustainable Urban Metabolism for Europe, 2008-2011 (European Commission)(www.sume.at/)

- Public space vitality in the Northeast region, 2006 (Culture Northeast, One Northeast)(www.ignite-ne.com/ignite/Events0.nsf/0/96D2165A924F9D63802574640032BD42/$file/2007%20-%20Public%20Vitality%20Final%20Draft.pdf )

- The values of place, 2005 (Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment) (www.cabe.org.uk/data/pdfs/physical_capital.pdf)

- City and University, 2005 (Cambridge-MIT Institute & Newcastle University)

- Neighbourhood Governance: Capacity for social integration, 2001-4 (EC) (www.infra.kth.se/SB/sp/forskning/index.html)

- Social Innovation, Governance and Community Building, 2001-4 (EC)

- Cities’ Actions to Combat Social Exclusion (CASE), 2001-3 (EC)

- Understanding Social Exclusion as a Learning Process, 2001-2 (EC)

- Social Exclusion in European Cities, 1998-99 (EC)

- Institutional capacity, partnerships and city centre regeneration, 1998-99 (ESRC)