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Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Sustainable built environment
  • Smart cities and urban informatics
  • Urban climatology and thermal balance
  • Environmental urban planning and public health
  • Energy performance of buildings and use of renewable energy systems in built environment

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Elmira Jamei

Dr. Elmira Jamei is a Senior Lecturer and course chair of the Building Design program. She is also the deputy program leader for the Infrastructure and the Built Environment program at the Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities at VU.

Before being appointed to Victoria University, she contributed to teaching and research in Architecture and Urbanism across Australia and Asia, where she also practised as an architect and urban designer in diverse design companies. Elmira has worked for 10 years as the project leader, and key researcher in several national and international collaborative projects within Asia, Australia, and Middle East.

She led several successful grants, collaborative research projects and industry engaged works which resulted in publications in high impact research journals and awards including 'Vice Chancellor's Citation Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training', 'Graham Treloar Research Prize', and 'Collaborative research prize' from Chinese Academy of Science.

Elmira brings a substantial knowledge base and practical skills in environmentally sustainable design, smart cities, climate sensitive design, renewable energies in architecture and planning, and use of novel visualization techniques in built environment. She has led and coordinated a number of projects in the area of energy, urban thermal balance and performance of buildings in diverse climates. 

Elmira’s research expertise has been also well recognised with industry funded projects. For example, she took on many leadership roles such as leading the research grant on 'Green our rooftop' project, managing several national and international collaborations on 'urban climatology and thermal balance in temperate and tropical cities', and coordinating multiple interdisciplinary projects such as 'Sustainable energy management and forecasting strategies for urban residential areas' and 'Waste management and clean energy in cities'.


  • PhD, Deakin University, Australia, 2016
  • Master of Urban Design, University Technology Malaysia (UTM), 2012
  • Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (Honours), QUA, 2008

Key publications

Year Citation
2017 Jamei, E., & Rajagopalan, P. (170101). Urban development and pedestrian thermal comfort in Melbourne. Solar Energy, 144 (681-698).

doi: 10.1016/j.solener.2017.01.023

2016 Jamei, E., Rajagopalan, P., Seyedmahmoudian, M., & Jamei, Y. (160201). Review on the impact of urban geometry and pedestrian level greening on outdoor thermal comfort. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 54 (1002-1017).

doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.10.104

2015 Jamei, E., Jamei, Y., Rajagopalan, P., Ossen, D. R., & Roushenas, S. (150201). Effect of built-up ratio on the variation of air temperature in a heritage city. Sustainable Cities and Society, 14(1), (280-292).

doi: 10.1016/j.scs.2014.10.001

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Social Value Creation for Transport and Infrastructure
From: Victorian Higher Education Strategic Investment Fund
Other investigators: Dr Malindu Sandanayake, Dr Xiaocui Lou, Dr Hing-wah Chau, Aspr David Goodwin, Prof Zora Vrcelj, Dr Riccardo Natoli, Dr Melissa Chan, Dr Jonny Bouras
For period: 2021-2022

Quantifying and Optimising the Impact of Green Roof Coverage on UHI, Energy Consumption and Outdoor Comfort
From: Green our Rooftop Research Grant
Other investigators: Prof Zora Vrcelj, Dr Hing-wah Chau
For period: 2020-2021

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
4 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (4) Associate supervisor

Other supervision of research students

3 PhD students (in progress) | 2 Master by research students (Completed)


Year Award

Vice Chancellor's Citation Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training (Early Career) - Victoria University


Graham Treloar Research Prize - Deakin University


Collaborative Research Project Award - Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)


Higher Degree by Research Journal Award - Deakin University


"Three Minutes Thesis" Competition award - Deakin University


Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (DUPRS) - Deakin University

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Professional memberships

  • Advisory Panel, Elsevier
  • Scientific Committee member, The International Urban Design Conference 2017
  • Scientific Committee member, Architectural Science Association
  • NBBD Representative, Course Governance Committee Victoria University
  • NBBD Course Chair, Course Chairs Forum at Victoria University.

Media appearances

18th July 2013

Elmira Jamei - 2013 Deakin University 3 Minute Thesis Finalist

A 3MT presentation on the effect of vegetation on local micro climate