PHD PROGRAM OF TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING
In 2014, I started the PhD program in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of NewMexico as a research assistant. My research interest focuses on community participation in transportation decision making process, urban sprawl, and sustainable transportation planning.
Comparing the Output of a Community-based and Technical Experts’ Impact
Assessment of a Transportation Project, IRAN
Community-led Regeneration with Special Reference to Collaborative Planning: Case Study of District Fifteen of Tehran, IRAN
I was always looking forward to the opportunity of improving my research achievements and turning them into practical use. In 2014, I started the Ph.D. program in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico as a research assistant. Based on the quality of my application, I have been offered a “Civil Engineering Department Graduate Fellowship for Academic and Research Excellence” in a competitive atmosphere. My advisor, Dr. Rowangould in the area of “sustainability of transportation planning” is especially strong. I have been continuing my researches about the community roles in transportation projects.
My recent project was about comparing the evaluation of a transportation project based on the values of lay community members and those of planning professionals surveyed by the research team. We find that experts and community members came up with different preferred scenarios. The evaluation completed by the community suggests that constructing the highway will improve the quality of life in their community while the experts rated the project poorly. The result of this research highlights the areas where experts and the community disagree. The information pinpointing where the disagreements are will be used to either focus my further researches and investigation. The information gained through this process should be useful in avoiding conflicts and identifying more optimal alternatives. Knowledge of where values diverge can also be used to target limited resources for additional evaluation of project impacts.