Dr Dorina Pojani

Lecturer in Urban Env/Dev planning

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
d.pojani@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56091

Overview

Dr Dorina Pojani joined UQ’s planning program in 2015. Prior to moving to Australia, she lived, worked and/or studied in Albania, Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, and the USA. In 2016-17, she was a visiting lecturer at the University of Vienna, Austria. Her research interests encompass urban transport, urban design, and housing. She has published books and numerous articles on urban planning. Her latest book is The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies (Springer, 2016).

For a full list of publications (most with full text) visit the following pages:

Editorial Boards

TeMA: Journal of Land Use, Mobility, and Environment

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Qualifications*

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft, the Netherlands. 2012-2014.
  • PhD in Urban Planning, Polytechnic University of Tirana, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tirana, Albania. 2007-2010.
  • Visiting PhD student, University of California at Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs, Los Angeles, Ca, USA. Winter and spring terms 2009.
  • Master in Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, Cincinnati, Oh, USA. Full scholarship award. 2003-2005.
  • Visiting Master student, Catholic University of Leuven, Faculty of Architecture (St Lucas), Brussels, Belgium. Recipient of US government FIPSE grant. Fall term 2004.
  • Professional Degree in Architecture, Polytechnic University of Tirana, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tirana, Albania. 1998-2003.

*See also Qualifications.

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Funded Projects*

  • 2016. Project: Reclaiming lost ground: Transitions of mobility and parking. Australian Research Council, Linkage grant. Grant co-writer ($358,000).

  • 2016. Project: Planning Tiger Cub City-Regions: Role Models and Policy Transfers in Sustainable Transport in Southeast Asia. Project based in Indonesia,the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand. UQ Early Career Researcher grant. Principal investigator and main applicant ($26,150).

  • 2015-2017. Project: Urban planning issues in planned capital cities in seven countries: Burma, India, Korea, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Brazil, and Australia. The University of Queensland, new staff grant. ($15,000).

  • 2014-2016. Project: CASUAL: Co-creating Attractive and Sustainable Urban Areas and Lifestyles - Exploring New Forms of Inclusive Urban Governance. Grant from: European Joint Programme Initiative / Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Researcher. Main applicant: Nordregio - Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, Sweden.

  • 2014-2015. Project: Informal Housing in the Balkans. Grant from: Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Stichting (EFL) Foundation, The Netherlands. Principal investigator and main applicant (€10,000).

  • 2012-2014. Project: iTOD, Implementing Transit-Oriented Development. Grant from: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Researcher. Main applicant: University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • 2011. Project: State of European Cities in Transition: Taking Stock after Twenty Years of Reform. Grant from: United Nations Habitat. Researcher. Main applicant: Institute of Urban Development, Poland.

  • 2011. Project: Albania’s Third National Communication with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Consultant for United Nations Development Programme.

*For a list of grants administered at UQ, see Grants.

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Research Students (PhD and MPhil)*

  1. Els Leclercq [external, TU Delft, Netherlands]
  2. Sachin Goel
  3. Deti Kusmalawati
  4. Annie McCabe
  5. Vanessa Neilsen
  6. Tigor Wilfritz Soaduon Panjaitan
  7. Melissa Hensley
  8. Roja Gholamhosseini
  9. Renuka Bhoge
  10. Fahimeh Khalaj

*See also Supervision.

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Teaching Responsibilities

The University of Queensland

  • Planning Theory (PLAN4001 / PLAN7120) - Lecturer & Coordinator
  • History of the Built Environment (PLAN2005) – Lecturer & Coordinator
  • Plan Making (PLAN3000 / PLAN7121) – Lecturer & Coordinator

Internationally

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Languages

English, Albanian, Italian, and Spanish – fluent; French – conversational.

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Professional Associations

Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)

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Last updated: 16 December 2016

Research Interests

  • International comparative planning / Planning policy transfer processes
  • Transit Oriented Development (TOD) / Alternative transport
  • Place identity / Urban design history
  • Mobility of children and youth / Gender and transport
  • Neighborhood design / City centers
  • Post-socialism / Transition societies / The Balkans
  • The Global South / Developing countries
  • Informal settlements / Low-income housing

Qualifications

  • Master of Community Planning, University of Cincinnati
  • Urban Transport in Developing Countries, Polytechnic University of Tirana

Publications

View all Publications

Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

View all Supervision

Available Projects

  • To assist me in assessing your suitability as a PhD or MPhil student under my supervision, please include in your email:

    • Your current CV
    • A list of publications (if any)
    • A short decription of your proposed project

    Projects which are international and comparative in nature are particularly welcome.

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    Notes for international applicants:

    The University of Queensland International Scholarship scheme (UQI) is extremely competitive.

    If relying on being awarded a UQI, prospective PhD/MPhil students need to meet the following criteria:

    • At least one international, peer-reviewed academic publication (not a conferece paper or newspaper article)
    • A high GPA (equivalent to Honours 1 in Australia)
    • Strong references
    • English language requirements

    Alternatively, international PhD/MPhil applicants have the following options:

    • Secure external funding for tuition fees and living expenses
    • Self-fund RHD studies, including tuition fees (see calculator) and living expenses (see guide)
    • Provide updated information on academic credentials

View all Available Projects

Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Pojani, Dorina and Stead, Dominic (2017). The urban transport crisis in emerging economies: a comparative overview. In Pojani, Dorina and Stead, Dominic (Ed.), The urban transport crisis in emerging economies (pp. 283-295) New York: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-43851-1_1

  • Pojani, Dorina (2014). Bus rapid transit, design and engineering of. In Mark Garrett (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Transportation: Social Science and Policy (pp. 321-325) Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications. doi:10.4135/9781483346526.n119

  • Pojani, Dorina (2014). Women's issues/gender issues. In Mark Garrett (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Transportation: Social Science and Policy (pp. 1731-1734) Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications. doi:10.4135/9781483346526.n605

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Pojani, Dorina and Stead, Dominic (2016). Processes of Urban Planning Policy Transfer and Learning. In: Nicola Francesco Dotti, GREATPI – Book of Abstracts. Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning in European Metropolitan Areas: Experiences and Approaches, Brussells, Belgium, (). 25 January 2016.

  • Pojani, Dorina, Bakija, Dukagjin and Shkreli, Entela (2015). Do the north and the south share a cycling mindset?. In: Donyun Kim, Sungah Kim, Thorsten Schuetze, Saehyung Sohn, Lorenzo Chelleri, York Ostermeyer, Hendrik Tieben and Marc Wolfram, True Smart and Green City? Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism. International Forum on Urbanism, Incheon, Republic of Korea, (). 22-24 June 2015. doi:10.3390/ifou-D012

  • Pojani, Dorina (2015). Informal settlements in the Balkans Squatters’ magic realism vs. planners’ modernist fantasy vs. governments’ tolerance and opportunism. In: Milan Macoun and Karel Maier, Definite Space - Fuzzy Responsibility: Book of Proceedings, 29th Annual AESOP 2015 Congress. Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, (). 13-16 July 2015.

  • Pojani, Dorina (2012). Noise pollution management issues in Tirana, the capital of Albania. In: Real Corp: Re-mixing the city: towards sustainability and resilience?. International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society, Vienna, Austria, (). 14-16 May 2012.

  • Pojani, Dorina (2011). From slum to suburb: the success story of Bathore, Albania. In: ECA Housing Forum: Europe & Central Asia, Budaest, Hungary, (). 4-6 April 2011.

  • Pojani, Dorina (2011). Tirana, Albania: from car‐free and bicycle‐full to car‐full and bicycle Free. In: Velo-City, Seville, Spain, (). 23-25 March 2011.

  • Pojani, Dorina and Pojani, Elona (2011). Urban sprawl and weak regional transport in “Durana”. In: Stable Local Development: Challenges and Opportunities: Regional Science Conference with International Participation Proceedings. Regional Science Conference with International Participation, Peja, Kosovo, (). 3-4 June 2011.

  • Pojani, Dorina (2010). Albania in transition: international assistance for roads but not public transport. In: Real Corp 2010: Cities for Everyone: Liveable, Healthy, Prosperous Promising Vision or Unrealistic Fantasy?. International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society, Vienna, Austria, (). 18-20 May 2010.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • To assist me in assessing your suitability as a PhD or MPhil student under my supervision, please include in your email:

    • Your current CV
    • A list of publications (if any)
    • A short decription of your proposed project

    Projects which are international and comparative in nature are particularly welcome.

    .

    Notes for international applicants:

    The University of Queensland International Scholarship scheme (UQI) is extremely competitive.

    If relying on being awarded a UQI, prospective PhD/MPhil students need to meet the following criteria:

    • At least one international, peer-reviewed academic publication (not a conferece paper or newspaper article)
    • A high GPA (equivalent to Honours 1 in Australia)
    • Strong references
    • English language requirements

    Alternatively, international PhD/MPhil applicants have the following options:

    • Secure external funding for tuition fees and living expenses
    • Self-fund RHD studies, including tuition fees (see calculator) and living expenses (see guide)
    • Provide updated information on academic credentials