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 transformation and governance, public participation, climate change adaptation and education, inclusion and justice in urban digital technology design, information visualization, community action in transformations, and urban experimentation. For her Ph.D. dissertation, she studies examples of urban transformation and collaborative experimentations in Canada in areas related to urban resilience and sustainability through a strategic planning lens. She investigates the diversity of urban experimentations in Canada, and different contextual and methodological dynamics that enable and drive urban experimentation to create transformative capacities and learnings for collective actions towards sustainability transition and urban resilience. Prior to joining SCARP, Peyvand worked at the Urban Green Council (UGC) in New York City. 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 low-cost housing constructions in the Global South.