Dhrubaraj Sharma

    PhD Candidate

    Background
    Dhrubaraj is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Design and a part of Urban Informatics Research
    group in the QUT Design Lab. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from
    University of Kerala in India in 2003 and completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher
    Education from the Royal University of Bhutan in 2017. He worked as a Lecturer at the Royal
    University of Bhutan from 2013-2018. Prior to that he worked on a variety of projects ranging
    from heritage conservation to preparation of urban development plans in Bhutan.

    Research Areas

    • Place Attachment and Heritage Conservation
    • Agricultural Urbanism and Urban Sociology
    • Architecture Education

    PhD Research
    Agricultural Urbanism as a Strategy to Enhance Food and Social Security in Bhutanese Settlements

    Dhrubaraj’s study aims to develop a theoretical model to enhance placemaking in Bhutanese
    settlements by integrating urban design with the socio-cultural strengths of the agrarian
    settlements and contemporary urban farming concepts. To achieve it, it will analyse the
    public space and settlement patterns in selected areas. It will study the changes in food
    culture amongst the communities and study the feasibility of integrating the concept of
    Agricultural Urbanism into urban design and planning policies.