Dr. M.A. (Mina) Akhavan

Dr. M.A. (Mina) Akhavan


In 2022, I was awarded the Horizon Europe - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action and am currently working on my project RePortFlows | Port(Re)Connecting Maritime Ecosystems: Geospatial Mapping of the ‘Spaces of Flows’ in Port-City Regions at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Chair of History and Complexity, TU Delft.

Imagining ports and cities as complex networks, this 2-year project will consider how globalisation, migration, digitalisation and the Covid-19 pandemic impact planning and transport in Rotterdam and Genoa. The end goal is to propose tailored policy tools that can increase sustainability and better integrate transport and socio-economic potential with spatial and social realities.

Prior to this position, I was an Adjunct Professor and Postdoc Researcher at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU), Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi).

Since 2015, I have been working with several international and multidisciplinary teams on different projects:

2020 - today | Member of the Leiden Delft Erasmus PortCityFutures programme - coordinated by Carola Hein. 

2019-2022 | Member of the European COST Action Management Committee (MC) for Italy and the Working Group Leader (WG2) in the project: CA18214 - The Geography of New Working Spaces and the Impact on the Periphery

This Action created a network of more than 30 countries and 100 researchers. I was involved in this CA from the beginning (Grant preparation and implementation) and coordinate the WG2 for over 3 years. I co-organized several (MC and group) meetings and collaborated in preparing the deliverables (reports, working papers, journal publications and edited volumes - see my latest edited volume here: https://link.springer.com/book/9783031260193

2018-2020 | Postdoc researcher for the 2-year project MOBILAGE | Mobility and Aging: Daily Life and Welfare Supportive Networks at the Neighbourhood Level. 

The project was funded by Fondazione Cariplo- Partners: PoliMi-DAStU + the University of Groningen + University of Federico II, Naples.

2020 - 2022 | Postdoc researcher for the 2-year project HAPPY | Health, Accessibility, Public Transport Policies for Elderly

The project was funded by Fondazione Cariplo - Partners: University of Insubria + PoliMi-DAStU + University of Padova.

2016-2018 | Research assistant for two FARB projects financed by PoliMi - DAStU:

  • New Working Spaces. Promises of Innovations, Effects on the Economic and Urban Context. Coordinators: Corinna Morandi and Ilaria Mariotti
  • New Methods for Studying Transnational Urbanism and Architecture. Coordinator Davide Ponzini 

I have disseminated my research activities through various channels, from scientific publications to presentations at conferences, seminars, webinars and podcasts. 

Since 2012, I have presented my research work at more than 20 international and national conferences, such as AESOP, EURA, ERSA, RSA, AISRE, SIU, INU, etc.

I have published in important peer-reviewed journals in urban studies (such as Cities, European Planning Studies, and Journal of Transport Geography); I have been invited to write and co-author several book chapters. I have one monograph Port Infrastructure Developments and Port-City Interface Dynamics and have co-edited two volumes. 


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