School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Professor Ali Madanipour

Professor of Urban Design



Ali Madanipour 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).

 Published books include:

  • Handbook of Planning Theory (2018, co-ed, Routledge);
  • Cities in Time: Temporary Urbanism and the Future of Cities (2017, Bloomsbury)
  • Planning Theory, Volume I, Planning with Creativity, (2015, ed, Routledge);
  • Handbook of Planning Theory (2017, co-ed, Routledge); 
  • Planning Theory, Volume II, Planning with Efficiency, (2015, ed, Routledge);
  • Planning Theory, Volume III, Planning with Flexibility, (2015, ed, Routledge);
  • Planning Theory, Volume IV, Planning with Contingency, (2015, ed, Routledge);
  • 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 (2011/2013, Routledge);
  • 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 (1998/2003, 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);
  • Design of Urban Space: An inquiry into a socio-spatial process (1996, Wiley);
  • 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.


- Resituating the Local in Cohesion and Territorial Development (RELOCAL), 2016-2020 (European Commission, Horizon 2020) 

- Beyond MALPE Coordination: Integrative envisioning (BeMInE), 2016-2019, (Academy of Finland)

- 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) (

- Spatial innovation, planning, design and user involvement, 2010-14 (SBO-IWT) (

- Sustainable Urban Metabolism for Europe, 2008-2011 (European Commission)(

- Public space vitality in the Northeast region, 2006 (Culture Northeast, One Northeast)($file/2007%20-%20Public%20Vitality%20Final%20Draft.pdf )

- The values of place, 2005 (Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment) (

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

- Neighbourhood Governance: Capacity for social integration, 2001-4 (EC) (

- 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)