Dr Armin Mehdipour

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Land recycling and reuse is believed to be an effective strategy to avoid urban sprawl and its negative implications. In order to pursue the ideal of efficient land use, urban brownfields represent valuable land resources that must be put to good use. My research is to provide an indepth understanding of the concept of ‘sustainable brownfield regeneration’, through an intensive review of relevant academic literature, policy reports and documents. It examines and highlights multiple international cases in order to set some findings suited to the scope for brownfield land recycling and policy framework in Iran. In this regard, four cases- including the U.S., Europe, Japan and China- have been selected that will allow for an analysis of how different nations characterize and practice brownfield regeneration. Indeed, the study will be important in fully comprehending the lessons learned from researchers, policy makers and developers in tackling brownfield activities in both global and local levels.

The overall goal of the research is to shed light on how the concept of brownfield regeneration could be conceived and applied into urban renewal policy and jurisdiction in Iran, from the early stages of decision-making to the later stages of site development. To achieve this goal, the research project is structured in three major phases. The first phase includes a comprehensive review of literature. This literature review aims to outline critical issues relating to brownfield regeneration and frame these in the broader context of urban change to discover the rooted causes of brownfield generation. The second phase will be based on data collection and analysis of international case studies. It highlights the key characteristics of the policy-making frameworks associated with brownfields redevelopment in different countries and examines to what extent their approach is adaptable to the Iranian context. Finally, the third phase of this study is to pursue the ultimate objective of the project which is to formulate a comprehensive redevelopment model for brownfield sites in Iran.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 - 2017 Visiting Research Fellow Shandong University, Jinan, China
    2017 - 2017 Visiting Research Fellow University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan
    2016 - 2018 Sessional Teacher University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2014 - 2015 Research Assistant Technical University of Dortmund
    2012 - 2013 Research Assistant Urban Planning & Architecture Design Institute, Shanghai, China
    2010 - 2011 Teaching Assistant Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can peer review
    German Can read, speak and understand spoken
    Persian Can peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 - 2020 University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Architecture
    Tongji University China Master of Engineering (MEng), Urban Planning and Design
    Bauhaus University, Weimar Germany Master of Science (M.Sc.), Advanced Urbanism
    Shahid Beheshti University Iran Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.), Architecture
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Larbi, M., Kellett, J., Palazzo, E., & Mehdipour, A. (2021). Urban Sustainability Transitions in Two Frontrunner Cities: Insights from the Multi-level Perspective. Planning Practice & Research, 36(5), 494-513.
    DOI Scopus4
    2014 Mehdipour, A., & Rashidi Nia, H. (2014). Is Mehrabad Airport a Brownfield Site?. Current Urban Studies, 02(01), 13-19.
    2013 Mehdipour, A., & Rashidi Nia, H. (2013). The Role of Brownfield Development in Sustainable Urban Regeneration. Journal of Sustainable Development Studies.
    2013 Mehdipour, A., & Namazian, A. (2013). Psychological Demands of the Built Environment, Privacy, Personal Space and Territory in Architecture. International Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences.

June 2015: Adelaide Scholarships International (ASI), The University of Adelaide

April 2016: AHURI Top-up Scholarship, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, $21,000

January 2017: MLFP Scholarship, The Mawson Lakes Fellowship Program (MLFP), $12,000

2010-2011: Teaching Assistant for the course "Applied Scientific Methods of Solar Thermal Energy in Ambient Conditions Control" at the Shahid Beheshti University (Iran)

2010-2011: Teaching Assistant for the course "Environmental Control Systems" at the Shahid Beheshti University (Iran)

2016-2017: Academic Tutor for the course "Environment I" at the University of Adelaide 

2016: Guest Lecturer for the course "Design Studio VI " at the University of Adelaide 


  • Phone: 83133052
  • Email: armin.mehdipour@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83134377
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Horace Lamb, floor 3
  • Org Unit: School of Architecture and Built Environment

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