Dr Awais Piracha

Dr Awais PirachaDr Awais Piracha, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Sydney

Senior Lecturer, Geography and Urban Studies

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Biography

Dr Awais Piracha is a prominent Sydney-based researcher of sustainable urban and regional development and the use of spatial analysis/techniques in land use and transport planning. He has been working at UWS as a researcher and course coordinator for urban planning since February 2003. His international reputation follows his work with the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Bangkok and University of Dortmund Germany. At UWS, Awais has been conducting research on the NSW planning reforms and their implications for planning education, natural and built environment and society at large. He is currently developing that research into an ARC grant application, and has assembled an eminent research team to that end. His work on transport policy and planning reveals the gaps between policy rhetoric and action, especially in regard to environmental sustainability. In his work for the Irrigation Futures CRC project he analysed change in land use over time and helped in preparing related inputs for hydrological and economic modelling. Dr Piracha has a valued depth of experience in the use of GIS and modelling tools for environmental planning, and is thus highly sought after for collaborative projects in Australia and throughout the world.

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Areas of Research / Teaching Expertise

Spatial Analysis and Modelling in Urban Planning
Sustainable Transport Planning
Planning Policy and Planning Reforms

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Current Projects

Title:

AHURI Postgraduate Top-up Scholarship - Gordon Bijen

Years:

2012-06-18 - 2015-06-17

UWS Researchers:

Awais Piracha and Michael Darcy

Funding:

  • Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (non ACRG)

Title:

The financing of residential development in Australia [via Curtin Uni]

Years:

2012-04-01 - 2013-10-31

UWS Researchers:

Peter Phibbs and Awais Piracha

Funding:

  • Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (ACRG)

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Previous Projects

Title:

Understanding and addressing local opposition to affordable housing projects [via UNSW]

Years:

2012-03-30 - 2013-06-30

UWS Researchers:

Peter Phibbs, Michael Darcy and Awais Piracha

Funding:

  • Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (ACRG)

Awards and Recognition

International Award for Excellence in the area of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses (May 2011)

Fellowship from Harvard University to attend The Third International Research Symposium in Management of Intelligent Cities (July 2009)

Selection by Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning School to be on the Editorial Board of the 4th and 5th editions of the Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning (2008-09 and 2011-12)

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Journal Articles

  • Piracha, A. (2013), 'Effective contribution of structural engineers to green buildings and sustainability', Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 4.
  • Fisher, D. and Piracha, A. (2012), 'Crime prevention through environmental design: a case study of multi-agency collaborationin Sydney, Australia', Australian Planner9, 9.
  • Bijen, G. and Piracha, A. (2012), 'Evaluating the urban design and community life in public housing in Australia', Australian Planner, 12.
  • Fisher, D. and Piracha, A. (2012), 'Crime prevention through environmental design : a case study of multi-agency collaboration in Sydney, Australia', Australian Planner, 9.
  • Bijen, G. and Piracha, A. (2012), 'Evaluating the urban design and community life in public housing in Australia', Australian Planner, 12.
  • Piracha, A. (2011), 'Collaborative city liveability study using Gehl methodology: Pedestrian and bicycle counts and stationary activity survey in Penrith', Journal of Town and City Management, 13.
  • Herborn, P. and Piracha, A. (2011), 'Mapping Hyde Park Futures with Effective Public Participation', Global Media Journal, .
  • Piracha, A. (2010), 'The NSW (Australia) Planning Reforms and their Implications for Planning Education and Natural and Built Environment', Local Economy, 11.
  • Stevenson, D., Dunn, K., Possamai, A. and Piracha, A. (2010), 'Religious Belief across 'Post-secular' Sydney: the multiple trends in (de)secularisation', Australian Geographer, 28.

Chapters in Books

Choe S, Marchtullio P, Piracha A, (2007) Approaches to Cultural Indicators in Urban Crisis: Culture and the Sustainability of Cities, (opens in a new window) M. Nadaraja and Ann Tomoko Yamamoto, Tokyo, pp 193-213

Rana R, Piracha A, (2007) Cultural Frameworks in Urban Crisis: Culture and the Sustainability of Cities, (opens in a new window) M. Nadaraja and Ann Tomoko Yamamoto, Tokyo, pp 13-50

Adeel Z, Piracha A, (2004) Critical Links Between Environment and Development in South Asia in South Asia in the World: Problem Solving Perspectives on Security, Sustainable Development, and Good Governance, (opens in a new window) Ramesh Thakur and Addny Wiggen, Hong Kong, pp 205-224

Piracha A, Morishita H, (2003) Regional Rural Development in Punjab Province: and Environment-Based Approach for Guiding Decisions on Industrial Location in Human Settlement Development, (opens in a new window) Saskia Sassen, Oxford, UK, pp 1111-2222


Conference Papers

  • Chaudhary, T. and Piracha, A. (2012), 'Expanding the role of structural engineers in sustainable development beyond the current rating systems', Global Thinking In Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements, Sharm El Sheikh.
  • Schatz, L. and Piracha, A. (2012), 'A comparison of motivations, rhetoric and controversy surrounding planning reforms in NSW Australia and Ontario Canada', 2012 Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference, Bendigo.
  • Cui, T. and Piracha, A. (2012), 'Culture Matters: An analysis of Ethnic Segregation and Congregation in Sydney Australia using Centrographic Method', 2012 Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference, Bendigo.
  • Piracha, A. (2012), 'Expanding the role of structural engineers in sustainable development beyond the current rating systems', IABSE Conference, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
  • Schatz, L. and Piracha, A. (2012), 'A comparison of the motivations, rhetoric and controversy surrounding recent planning reforms in New South Wales, Australia and Ontario, Canada', Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools. Conference, Bendigo, Vic..
  • Piracha, A. (2012), 'Culture matters : an analysis of ethnic segregation and congregation in Sydney, Australia using centrographic method', Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools. Conference, Bendigo, Vic..
  • Majeed, Z. and Piracha, A. (2011), 'Water Conservation of Pakistan's Agricultural, Municipal and Industrial Water', 4th International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Piracha, A. (2011), 'Collaborative City Liveability Study using Gehl Methodology: Pedestrian and Bike Counts and Stationary Activity Survey Penrith', ANZAPS (Australia New Zealand Association of Planning Schools) 2010, Christchurch.
  • Piracha, A., Dunn, K., Goodman, R., Maginn, P. and Phibbs, P. (2011), 'Australian Public Attitudes towards Town Planning: Towards a Research Agenda', Proceedings of the World Planning Schools Congress 2011 (Planning's Future - Future's Planning: Planning in an Era of Global (Un)Certainty and Transformation), Perth WA.
  • Bijen, G. and Piracha, A. (2011), 'Evaluating the Urban Design and Community Life in Public Housing in Australia', World Planning Schools Congress 2011 (Planning's Future - Future's Planning: Planning in the Era of Global Uncerntainty and Transformation), Perth WA.
  • Piracha, A., Williamson, W. and Parolin, B. (2011), 'ePlanning Evolutions in Australia: A New South Wales Perspective', 12th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (CUPUM), Alberta Canada.
  • Piracha, A. and Majeed, Z. (2010), 'Prioritizing Environmental Infrastructure: A Case-study of Water Pollution from Domestic Sources and Manufacturing Industries in Pakistan', Third International Symposium on Infrastructure Engineering in Developing Countries and First International Conference on Sustainable Transport and Traffic Management, Karachi.
  • Piracha, A. and Ma, R. (2010), 'Climate change mitigation and adaptation at local governments in NSW', The third Knowledge Cities World Summit, Melbourne.
  • Pelleri, D. and Piracha, A. (2010), 'Urban Design and Walkability in North-West Sydney', The First International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization, Hong Kong.
  • Piracha, A. and Majeed, Z. (2010), 'Water Use in Pakistan's Agricultural Sector: Water Conservation under the Changed Climatic Conditions', 4th International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Piracha, A. (2009), 'Sustainable transport: Bridging the gap between policy rhetoric and action', State of Australian Cities: City Growth, Sustainability, Vitality and Vulnerability, Perth WA.
  • Dunn, K., Maginn, P., Mcguirk, P., Buxton, M., Piracha, A., Phibbs, P. and Pelleri, D. (2009), 'What do public want from the planning system', State of Australian Cities: City Growth, Sustainability, Vitality and Vulnerability, Perth WA.
  • Khan, S. and Piracha, A. (2009), 'What drives technological innovation in planning systems: Simplified development control or enhanced community engagement', The State of Australian Cities: City Growth, Sustainability, Vitality and Vulnerability, Perth WA.
  • Piracha, A. (2009), 'Community wishes vs. developers' wants: ePlanning as an instrument of the neo-liberal planning reforms in NSW Australia', Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, Hong Kong.
  • Zahid, M., Piracha, A. and Munir, K. (2008), 'Role of Dams in Economic Growth of Pakistan', 3rd International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environment 2008, Riyadh Saudi Arabia.
  • Piracha, A. and Majeed, Z. (2008), 'The Imperative of Water Resources Development and Management in Pakistan: An Analysis for Better Insight and Policy', Transactions: 20th Congress on Irrigation and Drainage Participatory Integrated Water Resources Management From Concepts of Actions, Lahore.
  • Piracha, A. (2008), 'The NSW Planning Reforms and their Implications for Planning Education and Natural and Built Environment', ANZAPS Conference 2008: Planning Education in Globalized World, Sydney.
  • Piracha, A. (2008), 'Geoinformatics for Guiding Industrial Locations In Punjab Pakistan', 2nd International Conference on Advances in Space Technologies, Islamabad Pakistan.
  • Piracha, A. (2008), 'Bridging the gap between policy rhetoric and action: role of the state, public sector organizations and individuals in sustainable transport in Australia', 44th ISoCaRP Congress - A Way Towards Sustainable Urbanization, Dalian - China.
  • Majeed, Z., Ul-Hasan, Z. and Piracha, A. (2008), 'Developing Hydropower Schemes on Existing Irrigation Networks: A Case Study from Upper Chenab Canal System', International Congress on River Basin Management, Turkey.
  • Ul-Hasan, Z., Majeed, Z. and Piracha, A. (2008), 'Water Resources Development in Pakistan: Issues and Challenges', ASIA 2008 - Water Resources and Renewable Energy Development in Asia, Danang Vietnam.
  • Islam, Q., Piracha, A. and Shazad, M. (2006), 'Sustainable Pakistan through Matching Grant Programme: 21 Century Vision', 70th Annual Conference of the Pakistan Engineering Congress, Lahore.
  • Piracha, A., Morishita, H. and Khan, S. (2006), 'Environmental Health Considerations in Decisions on Industrial Location : An Application using GIS in Punjab Province, Pakistan', International Symp. on Health GIS, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Piracha, A. and Khan, S. (2004), 'Revisiting Urban Ecosystems Analysis as a Utility for Policymakers for improving Urban Environment', Ecopolitics XV International Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Piracha, A. and Barrett, B. (2003), 'Urban Ecosystems Analysis Using An Innovative Blend of ICTs', 8th International Conference on CUPUM '03, Sendai, Japan.

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Memberships and Engagement

Member, International Society of City and Regional Planners (opens in a new window)

Member, Institution of Engineers Australia (Environmental College) (opens in a new window)

Corporate Member and Certified Practicing Planner, Planning Institute of Australia  (opens in a new window)

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