Researcher

Dr Negin Nazarian

My Expertise

  • Urban Climatology 
  • Microscale Climate Modeling 
  • Outdoor Thermal Comfort 
  • Climate-Conscious Urban Design
  • IoT-Based Heat Assessment 

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Climatology, Urban design

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Biography

Dr. Negin Nazarian is a Scientia Senior Lecturer at UNSW Built Environment, Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, and CFRC fellow at the City Futures Research Centre. Negin is an urban climatologist evaluating the ways the built environment interacts with the climate, and in return, how urban dwellers are affected by this interaction. She leads the Climate-Resilient Cities (CRC) research lab, a...view more

Dr. Negin Nazarian is a Scientia Senior Lecturer at UNSW Built Environment, Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, and CFRC fellow at the City Futures Research Centre. Negin is an urban climatologist evaluating the ways the built environment interacts with the climate, and in return, how urban dwellers are affected by this interaction. She leads the Climate-Resilient Cities (CRC) research lab, a multidisciplinary group focused on pressing challenges of urban climate (particularly urban heat exposure and ventilation) using a range of established and emerging methods such as climate modeling, environmental sensing, and IoT technologies. Her research is particularly focused on two streams: a) multiscale urban climate modeling and urban canopy parameterizations, and b) urban climate informatics for enhancing personal heat exposure assessments. Dr. Nazarian is a graduate of the University of California San Diego and before joining UNSW in 2020, was the SMART Scholar at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) led group in Singapore.

Dr. Nazarian also has a long-established engagement in promoting and advocating for women in academia as well as contributing to the Urban Climate community. She is UNSW Gender Equity Co-Champion represent the Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture at the Women in Research Network (WiRN) committee. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Board on the Urban Environment at the American Meteorological Society and the International Association for Urban Climate. 


My Awards

  • Representative of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, STARS For Leaders of The Next Generation, Singapore, 2017 & 2018.
  • Outstanding Presentation Award, 9th International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC9), France, 2015.
  • Gordon Scholar, Gordon Engineering Leadership Center, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California San Diego, USA, 2014-2015. 
  • Science Policy Fellow, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (currently School of Global Policy & Strategy), University of California San Diego, USA, 2014-2015.
  • Outstanding Presentation Award, 11th Symposium of the Urban Environment at the Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), Atlanta, USA, 2014.
  • Honorable Mention, poster presentation at the Research Expo, University of California San Diego, USA, 2014. 
  • Runner-up, poster competition at Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) symposium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 2014.

My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

  • Urban Climate 
  • Heat exposure in the built environment
  • Microscale Climate Modeling 
  • Outdoor Thermal Comfort 
  • Climate-Smart Cities 
  • IoT-based Urban Climate Analysis 

Notes for Ph.D. applicants: While I do read prospective student's requests, it is not possible to answer all requests. Please read the following for suggestions on how to successfully apply for a Ph.D. Scholarship at UNSW. Please carefully review my webpage as well as previous publications to learn more about my research and whether they are a match to your background. My work centers on urban climate and the methods are 1) numerical climate modeling (such as Large Eddy Simulation) and 2) IoT environmental sensing. Primarily applications are urban heat mitigation, outdoor thermal comfort, and building energy use. 

In general, I am more likely to reply to a student who has taken the time to research my work, especially if they can provide a statement of interest to motivate their decision to work with me. Additionally, please include the following documents when contacting me for supervision requests:

  • Brief research proposal
  • CV
  • Transcripts
  • English test result for international applicants

For outstanding students, UNSW offers financial support through scholarships. However, if you come with your own funding, it will simplify things a lot.

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Location

Room 2026, Level 2, Red Centre Building West Wing, University Mall, Kensington NSW 2033

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Contact

+61 2 9385 1441