Dr Taimaz Larimian


  • Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning

Research and expertise

  • Urban social sustainability
  • Sustainable urban development and neighbourhood planning
  • Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED)
  • Community development and community resilience
  • City branding and social inclusion
  • Culture‐led urban regeneration

Recent publications

Larimian, T., & Sadeghi, A., (2019) Urban social sustainability: conceptualisation, measurement, and validation, Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 1-17.

Sadeghi, A and Larimian, T (2018) Sustainable electricity generation mix for Iran: A fuzzy analytic network process approachSustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 28, pp.30-42, ISSN: 2213-1388. DOI: 10.1016/j.seta.2018.04.001.

Larimian, T, Zarabadi, ZSS, Sadeghi, A (2013) Developing a fuzzy AHP model to evaluate environmental sustainability from the perspective of Secured by Design scheme - A case studySustainable Cities and Society, 7, pp.25-36, ISSN: 2210-6707. DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2012.10.001.


I contribute to learning and teaching activities across the Schools programmes including:


  • Transport Research Methods and Digital Skills
  • Sustainable Cities and Transport


I joined Loughborough University as a Lecturer in Urban Planning in July 2019. I have a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Otago, New Zealand. In my doctoral research, I focused on conceptualisation and measurment of urban social sustainability and investigating the relationship between urban form and social sustainability at a neighbourhood scale. My expertise sits within the field of urban studies and planning with a key interest in social sustainability, sense of community, sustainable urban form and city branding. In addition, I have experience in conducting interdisciplinary research with academics in the fields of Management, Social Sciences, and Energy Planning, which has resulted in publications in these areas.

Outside of academia, I have more than four years of working experience in different planning consultancies and collaborating with different city councils and community organisations in the contexts of New Zealand and Iran. During this time, I contributed to projects such as community consultations, development and review of various district and strategic development plans, assessment of the compliance of planning proposals with the relevant policies and legislations, and implementation of strategies. 

I would be interested to supervise students interested in urban development and regeneration, city branding, safety and crime prevention through environmental design, and community-related studies.