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Dr Katayoun Karampour

Dr Katayoun Karampour

Research Associate

Office Phone: 01223 337115


Having studied in her native Tehran for a BSc in Built Environment Conservation and an MA in Architecture (Revitalisation of Historic Neighbourhoods), Dr Katy Karampour was awarded an MSc in Urban Regeneration (2010) and a PhD in Planning Studies (2018) by UCL's Bartlett School of Planning.

Her PhD thesis investigated the impact of municipal fiscal decentralisation on the development process and planning system of Tehran. In the late 1980s, the Tehran Municipality became financially independent from central government. As a result, the municipality utilised innovative ways to finance the city, such as granting excess construction density (FAR) to developers in exchange for a fee. This financing tool has generated a significant amount of money for the municipality and boosted the housing construction sector but it was the first step towards relaxing planning regulations and giving power to developers to pursue their agendas.

Having worked previously as a research assistant and post graduate teaching assistant, Katy has presented at various international conferences and is currently preparing journal articles drawn from her PhD research.