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Azam Khatam

Azam Khatam

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Azam Khatam

Instructor, York University

PhD in Environmental Studies 2016

"I truly value the intellectual and spiritual support of my supervisor during my doctoral studies at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University."

About Azam Khatam

Azam is a Research Affiliate at the City Institute and an Instructor at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies York University. She worked as a professional urban planner for fifteen years before she started her doctoral program. She received her PhD in June 2016 studying the convergence of developmentalism, worlding practices, and neoliberalism in the urban reforms in Tehran. Her research interests include modernization and production of space, urban and regional governance, social housing, gender and space and research methods.


  • Graduate Award in Environmental Studies, Unilever Canada (2011)
  • Graduate Scholarship, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (2010-12)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2008-10)|York University Ph.D. Scholarship (2008-12)
  • Connection Grant for Comparative Urban Workshop in MENA Region, Institute François de Recherché en Tehran and Rabat(2007-8)
  • Research Grant for Collaborative Research on Authority, Gender and Public Space in Iran and Turkey, Social Science Research Council, New York (2001-2)


  • “Towards a differential planetary urbanization: A view from Middle Eastern cities” (co-authored with Oded Haas 2018), Environment and Planning D: Society and Space;
  • “The space reloaded: publics and politics on Enqelab Street, in Sharp and Panetta (eds.) Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings (2016)
  • “Decentralization and ambiguities of local politics in Tehran” (co-authored by Keshavarzian 2016)
  • La rénovation urbaine en Iran: De I’interventionnisme d’Etat au mercantilisme, Mina Saeidi-Sharouz (ed.) Le Téhéran des quartiers popularizes, transformation urbaine et société civile en République Islamique (2013)
  • The City and Deadly Earthquakes: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Vulnerabilities to Quake Damage in Iran (ed.) (2010 Tehran: Agah)