Dr. Simona Azzali

Dr. Simona Azzali

Dr. Simona Azzali

Senior Lecturer, Urban Design


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Urban Planning and Design), Qatar University, 2013 – 2017;
  • Graduate Certificate of Education (Academic Practice), James Cook University, 2018 – 2019;
  • Master of Science (Digital Desig), Politecnico di Milano;
  • Laurea in Design (MSc + BSc), Politecnico di Milano.

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Dr Simona Azzali is a senior lecturer and researcher in urban design and teaches core, elective, and studio modules on disaster management, urban research methods, urban planning and sustainable urbanism. She is a member of JCU's Tropical Urbanism and Design Lab, an interdisciplinary team of geographers, architects, sociologists and planners interested in tropical urbanism, and JCU's Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA).

Prior to commencing her appointment at James Cook University, she worked and researched for various renowned academic institutions as the National University of Singapore, UCL London, Politecnico di Milano, and Qatar University.

Dr Simona Azzali has published extensively and presented her work in international conferences in the field of urban studies, architecture and planning.  Her teaching experience covers four different universities in Milan, Doha, and Singapore where she has taught core modules, elective courses, and studios. She has also contributed to organizing several events, workshops, and initiatives on urban design and architecture topics.

Research Interests

Dr. Simona Azzali academic interests focus on Urban design and planning in tropical Asian cities; Liveability and sustainability of public open spaces; Urban regeneration and renewal processes; Walkability and pedestrianization; Spatial practices of migrant communities; Environment Behaviour Studies; Mega Sport Events and their impact on the built environment.