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Seyed Sajad Abdollahpour

Ph.D. candidate, Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG)

Sajad is a PhD student in Urban & Environmental Design & Planning. In the first year at Virginia Tech, he worked as a teaching assistant with Dr. Hankey as his supervisor. Sajad was born in Babolsar, which is a coastal city in Mazandaran, in the north of Iran. He started his bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, and then did a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Art in Tehran, Iran. When it comes to his passion to follow urban planning as a university major, he mentions his burning desire to find a better solution to address issues in urban areas. For instance, Seyed vividly recalls that he focused on Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in his undergraduate thesis due to the lack of an integrated public transportation system in his hometown. After completing his master’s degree, he worked as an Urban Planner in Consulting Engineering firms, and as a member and researcher in Mazandaran Construction Engineering Organization for three years. All of his previous work experience shed light on how to continue his education path. 

Research Interests

  • The link between the built environment, travel behavior, and air quality