Dr Negin Nazarian

Scientia Fellow - Lecturer

As an urban climatologist, I’m interested in the ways in which the built environment interacts with the climate, and in return, how urban dwellers are affected by this interaction. In particular, I focus on urban (over)heating and ventilation, and I follow two main tracks in my research. The first is enabling ‘climate-conscious’ or ‘climate-smart’ cities – How can we have a human-centric urban design that is in harmony with the local climate? I aim to tackle this question using numerical modeling and IoT sensor technologies such as wearables. My second research focus is on multiscale urban climate modeling. My goal is to develop modeling techniques that impact not only the climate analyses in the scientific community but also enable architects, planners, and policymakers to incorporate comprehensive, accurate, yet efficient assessments of urban design.

I am also passionate about promoting and advocating for women in academia as well as contributing to the Urban Climate community. As such, I am a member of the Board on the Urban Environment at the American Meteorological Society and represent the Faculty of Built Environment at the Women in Research Network (WiRN) committee.

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Dr. Negin Nazarian is a Scientia Lecturer at the Faculty of Built Environment in the University of New South Wales, focusing on urban climate research. Negin’s research targets microscale analysis of urban heat, ventilation, and thermal comfort through various methodologies, ranging from the development of numerical tools to employing wearables and IoT-based sensors for achieving human-centric assessments. Before joining UNSW, Negin was a SMART Scholar at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) and since 2015, she has been a voted member of the Board on the Urban Environment at the American Meteorological Society.

  • 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.
Supervision Area: 
  • Urban Climate 
  • 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 request:

  • 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.