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Dr Shirin Malekpour develops and leads interdisciplinary research projects in the area of planning and governance for sustainable development. Her research explores how transformative change towards sustainable development could be enabled in different contexts, acknowledging that this would be a long-term endeavour, faced by uncertainty and disruption, and requiring robust and adaptive strategies. She has designed interventions based on scenario planning and participatory approaches to help with future thinking and developing pathways toward sustainable outcomes in different contexts. Her interventions have been adopted by industry, mainly in the water and food sectors.


Shirin has developed a research program at MSDI on localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The program tries to understand how the global SDG framework can be realised in different levels of society: in cities and urban spaces, in local and regional areas, and within sectors and organisations.


Shirin has an interdisciplinary background with a PhD in Environmental Sociology (Monash University – Australia), a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering (Delft University of Technology – the Netherlands) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering (the University of Tehran – Iran). Prior to her academic career, she has worked for 5 years in large water and wastewater infrastructure projects across Africa and the Middle East.


In 2018, Shirin was recognised as one of the top 25 young scientists in the world in the field of sustainable development. 


Research area keywords

  • Strategic Planning
  • Governance
  • Sustainable Development
  • Scenario Planning
  • Urban Water
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus
  • Deep Uncertainty
  • Sustainability Transitions
  • Futures
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Urban Transformations
  • SDGs

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Research Output

Behaviour in transitions

Kaufman, S., Saeri, A., Raven, R., Smith, L. & Malekpour, S., 22 Jun 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access

Decision making under crisis: lessons from the Millennium Drought in Australia

Caball, R. & Malekpour, S., 1 Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 34, p. 387-396 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Implementing the sustainable development goals: a review of strategic tools and frameworks available to organisations

Grainger-Brown, J. & Malekpour, S., 1 Mar 2019, In : Sustainability. 11, 5, 18 p., 1381.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
7 Citations (Scopus)

Local Agenda 2030 for sustainable development

Moallemi, E. A., Malekpour, S., Hadjikakou, M., Raven, R., Szetey, K., Moghadam, M. M., Bandari, R., Lester, R. E. & Bryan, B., 1 Jun 2019, In : The Lancet Planetary Health. 3, 6, p. e240-e241 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Open Access

A participatory exploratory modelling approach for long-term planning in energy transitions

Moallemi, E. A. & Malekpour, S., Jan 2018, In : Energy Research and Social Science. 35, p. 205-216 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

28 Citations (Scopus)


Green Talents Award

Shirin Malek Pour (Recipient), Oct 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Green Talents Research Fellowship

Shirin Malek Pour (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Competitive Fellowships