Simin Davoudi

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Simin Davoudi
Born (1957-05-15) May 15, 1957 (age 60)
Mashhad, Iran
Residence Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Nationality British (English)
Scientific career
Fields Spatial Planning, Governance, Environment and Sustainability, Polycentric Development
Institutions Newcastle University

Simin Davoudi FAcSS is Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning at Newcastle University. She is Past President of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and, as coordinator of the Planning Research Network, advised the Department of Communities and Local Government on its research priorities until 2007. Currently, she is a member of the DCLG Expert Panel on Housing market and Planning, and is expert advisor for the DG Environment of European Commission for Urban Environment.

At Newcastle University, she is affiliated with School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability, and Global Urban Research Unit.


Simin has a degree in Architecture (B.Arch, 1982) from Iran National University, Tehran. In 1988, she completed M.Phil in Town and Country Planning at Newcastle University where she also worked as a Research Associate until 1996 while working as a part-time Planning Officer with Northumberland County Council. She was subsequently appointed as Lecturer at The Bartlett, University College London. In 2000, she became Professor of Planning and Environment, and Director of Centre for Urban Development and Environmental Management, at Leeds Metropolitan University. In 2006 she moved to Newcastle.


She is member of The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), The Regional Studies Association (RSA), and The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). She is also the founding member of the Editorial team of the 21st Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Socials Sciences, at Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS).

Distinguished positions[edit]

  • Wibaut Visiting Professor, Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam, 2007
  • Senior Vice-President, Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) 2006–07
  • President, AESOP 2004–06
  • Co-ordinator, Planning Research Network, advising Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), 2003–07


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Books and chapters[edit]

  • (with Strange, I.) (eds.) Conceptions of Space and Place in Strategic Spatial Planning, The RTPI Library Series, London: Routledge, 2009.
  • Territorial Cohesion, European social model and spatial policy research. In: Faludi, A, ed. Territorial cohesion and European model of society. Cambridge, Mass: Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, 2007, pp. 81–104.
  • (with Layard, A and Batty, S.) (eds.). Planning for a Sustainable Future. London: Spon, 2001.

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