Simona Azzali is a senior lecturer and researcher in urban design at the Singapore campus of James Cook University where she coordinates the Master of Planning and Urban Design and teaches core, elective, and studio modules on disaster management, urban research methods, urban planning and sustainable urbanism. She is a member of JCU's Tropical Urbanism and Design Lab, an interdisciplinary team of geographers, architects, sociologists and planners interested in tropical urbanism, and JCU's Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA). Prior to commencing her appointment at James Cook University, she worked and researched for various renowned academic institutions as the National University of Singapore, UCL London, Politecnico di Milano, and Qatar University.

Simona has published extensively and presented her work in international conferences in the field of urban studies and planning.  Her teaching experience covers four different universities in Milan, Doha, and Singapore where she has taught core modules, elective courses, and studios. She has also contributed to organizing several events, workshops, and initiatives on urban design and architecture topics. Simona's academic interests on issues in the fields of urban design and planning in tropical Asian cities; liveability and sustainability of public open spaces; Arab cities; urban regeneration and renewal processes; walkability and pedestrianization; spatial practices of migrant communities; environment-behaviour studies; mega sporting events and their impact on the built environment.

Simona actively supervises students in the Master of Planning and Urban Design and Doctor of Philosophy and is interested in receiving inquiries from prospective PhD and Masters by Research candidates with research experience and interests in urban planning and design in the Arab or tropical world. Scholarship funding is available through the James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarships.

Research Projects

  • Urban planning and design of tropical cities
  • Liveability and sustainability of public open spaces
  • Urban regeneration and renewal processes
  • Walkability and pedestrianization
  • Environment Behaviour Studies
  • Mega Sport Events and their impact on the built environment
  • Spatial practices of migrant communities
  • 2021 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University Singapore (Singapore)
  • 2018 to present - Programme Coordinator, Master of Planning and Urban Design, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2018 to 2021 - Lecturer, Urban Design, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2017 to 2018 - Researcher, Urban Design, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • 2015 - Visiting PhD Scholar, Urban Planning, UCL (London)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2021 - Archnet-IJAR - Literati Award Winners 2021: Outstanding Reviewer
  • 2020 - Early Career Researcher Award (JCU Singapore)
  • 2013 to 2017 - GSRA (Graduate Student Research Award), funded by QNRF (Qatar National Research Fund)
  • 2016 - Best Poster Award, Qatar University Annual Conference (Social Sciences and Humanities - Post Doc & Graduate Students)
  • 2015 - Recipient of UCL FES (University College London) - QU (Qatar University) Doctoral Training Programme
  • 2020 - International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)
  • 2019 to 2021 - Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP)
  • 2017 to 2020 - Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
  • 2017 to 2018 - Global Urban Studies Cluster (GUS) – Faculty of Art and Social Sciences – NUS

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