Postdoctoral Fellowships supported by the SofC

  School of Cities


Amir Foruhar headshotAmir Forouhar
Postdoctoral Fellow

Amir Forouhar is an Urban Planner and Urban Data Scientist. Amir obtained his PhD in urban planning at the Art University of Isfahan, focused on the relationship between Urban Transportation and Neighborhood Change in Tehran, Iran. His research interests are Public Transportation, Transit-oriented Development, Rail Transit System, Neighborhood Change, and Urban Displacement. He has also taught courses and workshops in Urban and Regional Planning, Land-use Planning, Spatial Analysis, Transportation Planning, GIS/QGIS, and SPSS. Amir has also worked as a guest researcher at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and published several academic journal articles. Links to some of his articles and projects can be found here.



  Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance


Robert Stewart HeadshotRobert Stewart
Postdoctoral Fellow

Robert Stewart has a PhD in Economic Development Policy, from the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. He has been the recipient of several academic scholarships, namely: Eric Williams Memorial Scholarship (from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago), Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program (University of New Brunswick, NB, Canada), and ERASMUS+ International (University of Graz, Austria). His research interests are in the areas of financial development, banking stability, and regulatory capital administration. More recently, his research interests have been engaged with climate finance, examining financial policies that can mobilize financial capital towards low-carbon economic development. Prior to joining the IMFG Robert was a visiting research scholar at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB. Robert has also spent several years working in the financial sector of Trinidad and Tobago, and holds a PRM (professional risk manager) designation.  

Infrastructure Institute


Yinnon Geva headshotYinnon Geva
Postdoctoral Fellow 

Yinnon is the Infrastructure Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow. Yinnons' interests include social equity in urban development, community planning, cultures of property development, social capital, and the politics of homeownership. As an urban planner in Israel, he specialized in social equity consulting and public services planning, especially in urban regeneration projects. 





Mobility Network


Ramesh Pokharel HeadshotRamesh Pokharel
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ramesh is the 2022-2024 Mobility Network Post-Doctoral Fellow. His research interests are transport planning and policy, urban and regional development, regional inequality, the wider economic benefit of transport infrastructure, economic geography, and system thinking.
Ramesh obtained his PhD in urban and regional planning at the University of Amsterdam, focused on transport investment and regional economic development. He completed his master's degree at the University of Tokyo.
Ramesh has worked as an academician, planner, and engineer. He was a lecturer in Nepal at Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University, and a transportation planner at Nepal's Ministry of Transport, where he contributed to creating a national transport policy. He has more than eight years of professional working experience in infrastructure management as an engineer. He also writes op-ed articles on infrastructure development issues.