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Dr Imran Muhammad is a professionally trained urban planner and has over 15 years' experience of comprising research, teaching and professional practice in the field of urban transport planning. Imran is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), UK.
Imran has worked at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT University in Australia and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia in research and teaching/tutoring capacities; and at the Victorian Road Authority (VicRoads) and British Columbia International Inc. in professional capacities.
Imran's research interests broadly focus on understanding the sustainable transport linkages with governance, climate change, poverty, gender, economic growth and urban design in contemporary cities.
Imran's current research explores how institutions can promote sustainable transport in cities in developing and developed countries. His research argues for a greater recognition of the role of politics and the influence of discourse on transport decision-making and reveals the limitations of technical methodologies. Imran's research is instrumental in the application of sustainability to transportation by challenging the conventional wisdom of building more roads and in the design of public transport.
Imran has received research grants from the Royal Society of NZ Marsden Fund (2013-2016) and, the NZ Transport Agency (2008) and has acted as a consultant for the World Bank (2010).
Imran is the sole author of a book, Institutional barriers to sustainable urban transport in Pakistan published by Oxford University Press. His book has received attention because of the sharp growth in motorisation in developing countries and the concerns this raises about global sustainability. Imran's research outputs have been used in the Supreme Court of Pakistan to challenge the widening of the Lahore Canal Road.
Imran is the 2013 recipient of the College Research Award – Early Career. Imran is also a recipient of 2014 IPENZ Transportation Group Conference People's Choice Award on his presentation about the political-institutional challenges of public transport in Auckland.
21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management
Field of research codes
Built Environment And Design (120000): Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504): Transport Planning (120506): Urban and Regional Planning (120500): Urban Design (120508)
• Urban planning and development
• Transport planning and policies
• Sustainable transport (walking, cycling and public/shared transport)
• Public transport network planning
• Transport and land use integration / Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
• Transport and climate change adaptation and mitigation
• Transport and socio-economic exclusions & development
• Mega transport projects
• Urban design
Project Title: Institutional change, path dependence and public transport planning in Auckland
Date Range: 2013 - 2016
Funding Body: Marsden Fund - Fast Start
Project Title: Measuring the Resilience of Transport Infrastructure
Date Range: 2013 - 2013
Funding Body: Massey University
Project Title: Institutional and discursive barriers to public transport in New Zealand
Date Range: 2009 - 2011
Funding Body: Massey University
Imran is the 2013 recipient of the College special commendation of teaching excellence.