Urban Studies Lab

Urban Studies Lab is an informal assembly of scholars and doctoral researchers, located within the School of Built Environment of Queensland University of Technology, with similar or complementary research expertise on the various aspects of smart and sustainable cities and societies. The lab is founded and directed by Tan Yigitcanlar.

At the moment the lab is housing 10 PhD researchers with research topics ranging from mobility-as-a-service to gamified volunteered crowdsourcing, from autonomous demand responsive transport to innovation districts, and from sustainable peri-urban growth to knowledge-based urban development.

Former 14 PhD researchers of the lab, currently holding academic posts in Australia and overseas, and 12 senior academic affiliate members of the lab, from QUT and other universities, provide an invaluable support and network opportunity to the existing PhD students of the lab.

Urban Studies Lab has available positions for highly motivated prospective PhD researchers—particularly the ones with knowledge through methodological training and work experience, along with a broad understanding of contemporary urban issues and research.

Broad PhD research areas include:

  • Conceptual and empirical investigations into smart urban technologies, communities, cities and urbanism;
  • Conceptual and empirical investigations into knowledge-based development of cities and innovation districts;
  • Conceptual and empirical investigations into sustainable and resilient cities, communities and urban ecosystems.

Express your interest in joining Urban Studies Lab as a PhD researcher by emailing the followings to smartcity@qut.edu.au.

  • Your CV (including GPAs of all studies, publications, and research experience), and;
  • Your brief PhD research proposal (1,000 words including title, background, aim, research question/hypothesis, methodology, and 10-12 references).

Members

Completed Doctoral Theses

(2019) A methodological approach for establishing place quality in Australian innovation districts. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/132153/)

(2019) Development and testing the validity of a methodological framework to assess transport-related social exclusion. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/133368/)

(2019) Built environment impact on pedestrian route choice behaviour: Shortest vs. least directional change routes. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/126392/)

(2018) A conceptual approach for place making in knowledge and innovation spaces: Case investigations from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/120697/)

(2018) Modelling the transport impacts of urban growth scenarios: A perspective from South East Queensland, Australia. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/122902/)

(2016) Investigating variation in bus ridership rates within localised areas of a sub-tropical city. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/92993/)

(2015) Measurement of transit network accessibility based on access stop choice behaviour. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/89767/)

(2016) Reforming technology company incentive programs for achieving knowledge-based economic development:a Brazil-Australia comparative study. PhD thesis, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/95386/)

(2013) A micro-level indexing model for the assessment of sustainable urban ecosystems. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/61864/)

(2013) A methodology to develop an urban transport disadvantage framework : the case of Brisbane, Australia. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/63657/)

(2012) The integrated land use and transportation indexing model : assessing the sustainability of the Gold Coast, Australia. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/54190/)

(2012) Developing a framework for planning healthy communities : the Logan Beaudesert health decision support system. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/50783/)

(2012) Measuring neighbourhood sustainability : a comparative analysis of residential types in Malaysia. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/54679/)

(2011) Impact of urban traffic and climate change on water quality from road runoff. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology. (https://eprints.qut.edu.au/47139/)