Dr Sara Alidoust

Lecturer in Planning

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
s.alidoust@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56671

Overview

Sara (PhD, MArch, BArch) is a lecturer in planning at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Prior to joining the University of Queensland, she worked as a researcher, educator and practitioner (in private sector and local government) in both Australia and internationally.

Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the interrelationships between urban policy, planning, design and public health. She investigates the role of urban policy and built environment in the health and wellbeing of vulnerable communities, including the ageing population. Her work is participatory and focuses on planning inclusive cities that embrace diversity through community engagement in planning and decision making.

Research Interests

  • Planning for Social Sustainability and Community Wellbeing
  • Planning Healthy and liveable Cities
  • Age-Friendly Planning
  • Informal Housing in the Global North
  • Green Urban Infrastructure and Community Health
  • Stakeholder Consultation and Participatory Planning

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • The projects focus on the health impacts of climate change on vulnerable community groups, including older people. Some topics include: 1. Urban heat stress and community health.

  • The projects focus on the associations between urban planning and the three components of health: physical, mental and social health. Some topics include: 1. The role of built environment and planning policies in physical activity, active transport, healthy behaviours. 2. Urban planning impacts on social capital and community cohesion. 3. Planning policies and built environmental design for mental health. 4. Urban Green space and community health.

  • The projects focus on urban planning and policies aimed at developing enabling environments for older people to live an active life and stay engaged in the community. Some topics include: 1. Planning policies for developing age-friendly cities. 2. Developing age-friendly cities in China. 3. Emerging housing models and lifestyles for older people, e.g. house-sitting, co-living. 4. Neighbourhood planning for healthy ageing. 5. Master planned communities and community development for an ageing population.

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Alidoust, Sara (2022). Planning Healthy and Livable Cities. The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures. (pp. 1-5) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-51812-7_277-1

  • Ahmad, Mubeen, Darchen, Sebastien, Alidoust, Sara and Sipe, Neil (2022). Smart densification. The Palgrave encyclopedia of urban and regional futures. (pp. 1-9) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-51812-7_278-1

  • Fahimeh Khalaj, Pojani, Dorina and Alidoust, Sara (2021). Planning Active Travel and School Transport. International Encyclopedia of Transportation. (pp. 432-436) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-08-102671-7.10792-4

  • Alidoust, Sara and Bosman, Caryl (2019). Planning for healthy ageing: How the use of third places contributes to the social health of older populations. Rethinking Third Places: Informal Public Spaces and Community Building. (pp. 38-55) edited by Joanne Dolley and Caryl Bosman. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

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.

  • The projects focus on the health impacts of climate change on vulnerable community groups, including older people. Some topics include: 1. Urban heat stress and community health.

  • The projects focus on the associations between urban planning and the three components of health: physical, mental and social health. Some topics include: 1. The role of built environment and planning policies in physical activity, active transport, healthy behaviours. 2. Urban planning impacts on social capital and community cohesion. 3. Planning policies and built environmental design for mental health. 4. Urban Green space and community health.

  • The projects focus on urban planning and policies aimed at developing enabling environments for older people to live an active life and stay engaged in the community. Some topics include: 1. Planning policies for developing age-friendly cities. 2. Developing age-friendly cities in China. 3. Emerging housing models and lifestyles for older people, e.g. house-sitting, co-living. 4. Neighbourhood planning for healthy ageing. 5. Master planned communities and community development for an ageing population.

  • Some topics include: 1. Developing evaluation frameworks for social sustainability. 2. Developing evaluation frameworks for community wellbeing. 3. Community engagement in planning policy.

  • Some topics include: 1. Informal housing in the Global North. 2. Informal housing and the ageing population. 3. Health impacts of informal housing. 4. Resilient housing systems.