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Mohammad J Kamelifar



  • Walkability, Walking behavior and Wellbeing of elderly in Middle-East and North Africa- Evidence from Tabriz, Iran

Mohammad graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Urban Planning in 2010 from the University of Tabriz, Iran. During his studies, he became very interested in spatial analysis of the urban environment. In his final year, Mohammad worked on the optimal site selection of green spaces for cities and on green spaces’ impact on urban sustainability.

In 2012, Mohammad gained a Master’s Degree in Geography and Urban Planning at University of Zanjan, Iran. When developing his dissertation, Mohammad applied his research skills to a real case study on the Tabriz road network. His thesis looked at various issues including the assessment of road network vulnerability and identifying vulnerable zones using several methods and software (including GIS and SPSS). It was a challenging yet interesting experience to develop a new vision to assess road network vulnerability based on a comprehensive set of factors.

In 2018, Mohammad graduated with a PhD’s degree in Geography and urban planning at Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz where he honoured of being the second highest ranking student in the end of the program. At the same time, while he was doing a research in “Healthy cities and Active transportation in urban planning”, Mohammad realized that he is highly interested in this topic. For this reason, in 2020, he started to do some papers in walking and wellbeing studies to gain further experience. His keen interests in academia have led Mohammad to do another PhD in the mentioned field.

Areas of academic interest

Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Spatial Planning, Geographic Information System (GIS), Urban Sustainability, Travel behaviour, Neighbourhood Walkability, Wellbeing (Public Health), Agent-based modelling


  • Bachelor, Geography and Urban Planning, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran
  • Master, Geography and Urban Planning, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran
  • Ph.D. Geography and Urban Planning, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran

Sabbatical: spending the period of 6 months as visiting Ph.D. student in Polytechnic of Turin-Italy (DIATI) under supervision of Professor Lingua. 2016. (Working one RESCULT1 project) Resilience of Cultural Heritage

Attendance in course of excellence entitled: “Geographic Knowledge Infrastructure: Applications for Territorial Intelligence and Smart Cities”. Held on polytechnic of Turin DIATI- February 28th- March 2nd 2017.

Research grants

Henley Business School PhD Studentship



Ranjbarnia B & Kamelifar MJ. 2019. An Introduction to Traditional Bazaar in Iran with Emphasis on Tabriz Traditional Bazaar, Lambert academic publication.

Book translation: Kamelifar MJ, Kamelifar Z, Abbasi D. 2021. Toward the Healthy City: People, Places, and the Politics of Urban Planning - The MIT Press Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2009” from English to Persian, Malek-Ashtar University of Technology publication, ISBN: 978-622-7352-47-4.Articles


Kamelifar, M.J.; Ranjbarnia, B.; Masoumi, H. 2022. The Determinants of Walking Behavior before and during COVID-19 in Middle-East and North Africa: Evidence from Tabriz, Iran. Sustainability.

Ranjbarnia, B.; Kamelifar, M.J.; Masoumi, H. 2022The Association between Active Mobility and Subjective Wellbeing during COVID-19 in MENA Countries. Journal of Healthcare. DOI:10.3390/healthcare10091603

Firoozi M, Roostaei SH, Kamelifar MJ. 2020. The impact of knowledge management on urban governance. Knowledge and Process Management Journal.

Ahadnezhad Reveshty M, Kamelifar MJ, Ranjbarnia B, Pashaiifar A. 2014. A Comparative Study on Physical Vulnerability of Urban Area against Natural Hazards: Importance of Health Promoting Approach in Civil Engineering. Health Promotion Perspective Journal, 4(1): 122-131. DOI: 10.5681/hpp.2014.016.

Azari M, Ahadnejad Reveshty M, Kamelifar MJ, Ranjbarnia B. 2012. Land Use Change Detection of Maraghe City and Its Implication for Agricultural Area and the Orchards by Using the Multi-Temporal Satellite Imagery. J. Civil Eng. Urbanism. 2(4):154-158.