Our Alumni

Our research students come from far and wide, after successfully completing, some return to new roles in their home country, others have found new horizons globally and we have been able to hold on to many here at Griffith and the CRI.

Hadi ZamanifardResearch Assistant, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University, AustraliaHadi has worked as an architect, urban designer, urban design project manager, and educator/researcher in urbanism for more than ten years. He has abiding passion for sustainable urban design and planning and his PhD focuses on the implications of the governance in public spaces for users’ experiential qualities. Hadi bridges research and practice in his work and his professional and academic skills span spatial analysis, master-planning, project management, built environment users' behaviour and perception analysis, writing, problem-solving, and course design.
Liese CoulterScience Policy Fellow at BC Ministry of Agriculture, Innovation and Adaptation Service Branch, Victoria BC, CanadaAfter being awarded her PhD in August, Liese started a Mitacs Science Policy Fellowship with the Ministry of Agriculture in British Columbia, in September this year. She has been invited by the Center for International Climate Research (CICERO) to participate in a workshop in Oslo Norway, 24-26 April, 2019. Funded through an EU-COST action: Understanding and modeling compound climate and weather events, the workshop will develop a perspective on best-practice approaches to link physical modeling  and narratives of high-impact extreme and compound events and associated risks under climate change. 
Andres Pazmino JaramilloDirector of Operations, University San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), GalapagosAndre's responsibilities include teaching and coordinating the 23 international programs in the Galapagos campus. He is also in charge of the campus operations, and inter-institutional relationships between the USFQ and governmental and non-governmental institutions.
Ms Lavinia PoruschiResearch Scientist: Econometric and Spatial Analysis, Land and Water, CSIRO, Australia Lavinia is currently affiliated with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency. She is working as a Research Economist and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst. She has a demonstrated history of working in national research institutes and the higher education industry in Australia and Japan.
Dr Abraham LeungResearch Fellow, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University, AustraliaAbraham is a postdoctoral research fellow and an early career researcher at the Cities Research Institute with research interests on the interrelationship of transport, land use and energy and spatial equity problems of transport, with a strong skillset of spatial analysis and GIS.
Dr Elnaz TorabiSenior Regional Planner with City of Gold Coast and Adjunct Research Fellow, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University, AustraliaAs well as working at City of Gold Coast as Planner, Elnaz contributes to CRI research in the field of climate change adaptation and urban resilience from a planning and decision making perspective..
Dr Kirandeep SandhuAssociate Professor, School of Planning, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, IndiaKirandeep is teaching Bachelor and Masters level coursed in urban and regional planning. Kirandeep spcialises in Housing and Community Development,  Municipal Solid waste Management,  Transportation, Urban Governance and  Disaster Management
Dr Kimberley ReisLecturer, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University, AustraliaKimberley's research is focused upon the prospects of green infrastructure planning and policy analysis to ameliorate potential disasters and enhance long-term climate change adaptation.
Dr Johanna NalauLecturer in Environmental Policy, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, Griffith University, AustraliaJohanna is a social scientist who researches how people make decisions about climate change adaptation and what role information and leadership play in that process.  Dr Nalau is also a Lead Author for the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report in Working Group Chapter 15 Small Islands, and also the Managing Editor for the journal Climate Risk Management.
Dr Yan KuangLecturer, Civil Engineering, School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University, AustraliaYan Kuang's research is focused on transport planning, safety, efficiency, equity, and sustainability. He has done comprehensive works with regards to automated vehicles, roundabout design, crash surrogate modelling, and highway operation and management.
Dr Bixia XuSenior Project Coordinator, Asia Pacific Agri-Corp (Projects) Pty Ltd, AustraliaBixia is the Senior Project Coordinator at Asia Pacific Agri-Corp (Projects) Pty Ltd. The company is developing a $260 million high-tech abattoir integrating meat processing with solar and hydrogen renewable energy in Queensland’s State Development Area in Gladstone. Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General has approved the development application. Bixia is responsible for coordinating the project’s approvals, schedules, and resources. 
Dr Michael Tanko Post doctorate, Centre for Naval Architecture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden  
Dr Heather Shearer Research Fellow, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University, Australia Heather's interest lies in Tiny Houses and how they are being seen as an innovative and sustainable way to improve urban housing affordability.
Dr Tony Matthews Lecturer, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University, AustraliaTony's work focuses on planning better cities with strong environmental credentials. His interests are in adapting cities to climate change, reducing their carbon footprints, renewable energy transitions, green infrastructure uptake, housing policy and design, heritage management, public art and sustainable urban design.
Dr Natalie OsborneLecturer, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University, AustraliaNatalie’s work is primarily in the fields of critical human geography and environmental planning. She is focused on social and environmental justice in human settlements and the development of more just, resilient and sustainable futures. Natalie is currently engaged in work on insurgent planning and radical spatial politics with grassroots activist group Right to the City - Brisbane. 
Dr Ed MorganResearch Fellow, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University, Australia Ed is interested in the interface between science, policy and society with a focus on water, climate change, planning and governance. 
Dr Leila IrajifarLecturer, RMIT School of Architecture and Urban Design,Leila is an interdisciplinary academic working at the intersection of urban planning, design and disaster management. Her research tackles the challenges of operationalising urban resilience, post-disaster reconstruction and her recent research focuses on the applications of crowdsourcing in urban resilience planning and developing models to better understand the complexities and interdependencies of urban systems in the face of climate change and other social and environmental hazards.
Dr Rafaello FurlanAssistant Professor, Qatar University, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering, State of QatarRafaello is the coordinator of the Master in Urban Design and Planning Program at Qatar University. He teaches Comprehensive Architectural Design to 5th year students and Urban Design to final year master students. Rafaello has been teaching Art History, History of Architecture, Project Management, Urban Design, Architecture Design and Interior Design. His areas of interest include Vernacular Architecture, Architecture and Urban Sociology, Project management, Art History.