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Dr. ir. Dena Kasraian is an Irène Curie fellow and an Assistant Professor at Urbanism and Urban Architecture group of the Built Environment Department, Eindhoven University of Technology. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Digital City Program of Urban Development Initiative (UDI) since September 2020. She has experience in the fields of architecture, urban design and planning and transportation and is interested in conducting multidisciplinary research between them, combining two or more of the following topics:

  • The built environment (urbanization, land use, public domain, urban green infrastructure)
  • Technology (transport infrastructure networks, micromobility, AR & VR)
  • Human spatial behavior (travel behavior, perception, active lifestyles, play behavior)
  • Urban digital twins as decision support systems
  • Spatial quantitative analysis and longitudinal data analysis using GIS and statistical packages


Academic background

Dena Kasraian obtained a B.Sc. in Architectural Engineering (2007), and a B.A. in French Literature (2009) from Shahid Beheshti University (SBU), Tehran, Iran. She has an M.Sc. in Urbanism (2010- Cum Laude) and a Ph.D. (2017), from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. Her Ph.D., “Transport Networks, Land Use and Travel Behaviour: a Long Term Investigation”, was funded under the JPI Urban Europe CASUAL project. She joined the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute, Department of Civil Engineering, as a postdoctoral fellow for two years before starting as an Assistant Professor at the Department of the Built Environment of TU Eindhoven (2019).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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