Peyvand is a Ph.D. Candidate at UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). Her research work at UBC focuses on urban sustainability transition and governance, public participation, climate change adaptation and education, inclusive interface design in municipal digital platforms, inclusion and justice in urban digital technology design, information visualization, and urban experimentation. As part of the Urban Design Research Lab at SCARP, she worked on the Inclusive Planning Partnership (IPP) project, a SSHRC-funded research project that focused on inclusive public engagement in Canadian municipalities. At the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) research group, she worked on The Community Energy Explorer (CEE) project. This project was in collaboration with the Real Estate Foundation of BC and aimed at capacity building and climate-resilient planning and education for municipalities in British Columbia. As for her Ph.D. dissertation, she studies examples of urban transition labs in areas related to urban resilience and sustainability through a strategic planning lens. She investigates different contextual and methodological dynamics that enable and drive urban experimentation to create transformative capacities, knowledge, and networks for collective actions towards sustainability transition and urban resilience. Prior to joining SCARP, Peyvand worked at the Urban Green Council in New York City (USGBC-NY). She has a Master's degree from The University of Minnesota in sustainable design in architecture. For her master's thesis, she researched urban transformation towards sustainability in post-disaster planning and constructions in developing countries.
Bio and CV
President's Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award
UBC Four Year Fellowship for PhD Students (4YF)
International Student Award
Go Global Travel Award
King Student Medal, Architectural Research Centres Consortium, Master's thesis
PLAN 526 - Planning Studio; PLAN 221 - City Visuals; URSY 520: Urban Systems Analysis & Planning (Smart Cities)