Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Sustainable built environment
  • Smart cities and urban informatics
  • Urban climatology; urban heat islands and thermal comfort
  • Environmental urban planning and public health
  • Energy performance in buildings

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Elmira Jamei

Dr Elmira Jamei is Associate Professor in Built Environment at College of Sport, Health and Engineering, and Associate Director Engagement and Impact at Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities (ISILC). She is also the Deputy Director for Green Research Translation at ISILC.

Elmira has worked for 10 years as a project leader, and key researcher in several national and international collaborative projects within Asia, Australia, and Middle East.

Her strong track record in Sustainability and Built Environment is evident from the awards she has received; (e.g., 'Vice Chancellor's Citation Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training' , 'Graham Treloar Research Prize', Citation for Learning and Teaching Excellence' and 'Collaborative research prize' from Chinese Academy of Science.

Elmira brings a substantial knowledge base and practical skills in Sustainable Built Environment, Smart Cities, and Climate Sensitive and Water Sensitive Design. She has also led and coordinated a number of projects in the area of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Urban Thermal Balance and Energy Performance of Buildings.

Elmira’s research expertise has been also well recognised with industry funded projects. The most recent projects she is involved as LCI are 'Green our rooftop', funded by DELWP and City of Melbourne, and 'Adaptive greening solutions to tackle climate change', funded by Council for Australia Arab Relations (CAAR).


  • 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.

Knowledge Exchange-Adaptive greening solution to tackle climate change
From: Council for Australian-Arab Relations Grant
Other investigators: Mr Nitin Muttil, Dr Hing-wah Chau, Dr Ashok Sharma
For period: 2023-2024

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
5 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (5) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Other supervision of research students

4 PhD students | 2 PhD students (Completed), 2 Master by research students (Completed)


Year Award

Citation for Learning and Teaching Excellence - Victoria University


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
  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Architecture (MDPI)
  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Urban Planning (Cogitatio)
  • Scientific Committee member, International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC)
  • Scientific Committee member, 6th International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands
  • Scientific Committee member, The International Urban Design Conference 2017
  • Scientific Committee member, Architectural Science Association

Media appearances

09th June 2022

Let's talk about risk

This video presents some of the researchers who are part of the Risk Disaster and Resilience Network which was formed in 2021. It gives a brief insight into the multiple areas of risk and how VU researchers are shaping and working to create solutions that make our communities safer and more resilient.

09th June 2022

Let's talk about climate change

The Risk, Disaster and Resilience (RDR) Network at Victoria University (VU) is made up of experienced researchers who work collaboratively to address some of the big risks we face today such as Climate Change.