Dr Elham Bahmanteymouri

Bachelor of Economics, Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Design, PhD in Planning


Elham Bahmanteymouri is a lecturer in urban planning at the University of Auckland. She is teaching Urban Land Economics, Urban Economic Development and Urban Economics at the School of Architecture and Planning. Elham has a bachelor degree in Economics and also a master degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Design. She worked as a senior planner in different public and private sectors including the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development of Iran. She has particular expertise in the provision of urban growth management policies and the economic assessment of the housing and urban development policies, investigating the causes and consequences of the spatial inequality, housing unaffordability, and urban poverty, supervising the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of urban plans. In addition, the focus of her research is on urban critical theories particularly behavioural economics such as the Lacanian post-Marxist approach.

Research | Current

Planning Theory - Applying critical logic approach in planning theory and practice

Different modes of reasoning - Methodology of Research

Urban and Regional Economics

Land Economics, Land-use Planning, Housing Policies, Urban Growth Management Policies

Teaching | Current

URBPLAN 102 - Urban Planning Economic 

URBPLAN 304 - Urban Land Economics 

URBPLAN 707 - Urban Economic Development

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise PhD Thesis and Master of Planning Thesis as well as Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) Dissertation in my area of expertise. 

Areas of expertise

Urban Land Economics

Urban Economics

Urban Growth Management Policy

Planning Theory  

Critical Thinking 

Logic-Based Analysis of Planning Practices

Political Economy of Space 

The Experience Economy 

Sharing Economy  

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bahmanteymouri, E. (2018). The Neoliberal Fantasy. Paper presented at The Return of Economic Planning, Auckland, New Zealand. 21 February - 23 February 2018.
  • Bahmanteymouri, E. (2018). The circuits of surplus value as the financing mechanism of urban development in Ellenbrook. Paper presented at Housing Theory Symposium, School of Geography and Sustainable Communities, University of Wollongong. 5 February - 6 February 2018. The Financialisation of Housing. Related URL.
  • Bahmanteymouri, E., & Mohammadzadeh, M. (2017). Free Market Failures Disavowal in the Auckland Housing Market. Paper presented at NZPI Conference, Wellington, New Zealand. 5 April - 7 April 2017. Proceedings of the 2017 Rodney Davies Research Symposium. (pp. 9). Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36462
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohsen Mohammadzadeh
  • Bahmanteymouri, E. (2017). More land and houses means fewer affordable properties, academic says. Stuff.co.nz Related URL.
  • Bahmanteymouri, E. (2016). An ontological investigation of urban growth management policies under neoliberalism The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31353
  • Bahmanteymouri, E., & Mohammadzadeh, M. (2013). Planning practices in informal settlements as (counter-hegemonic) planning. Paper presented at AESOP / ACSP Joint Congress 2013: Planning for resilient cities and regions, University College Dublin, Ireland. 15 July - 17 July 2013. AESOP / ACSP 5th Joint Congress 2013: Planning for resilient cities and regions: eBook of abstracts.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohsen Mohammadzadeh
  • Bahmanteymouri, E. (2012). Ideological mis-direction: Iran’s low income housing policy or surfing plebeian emotions. Paper presented at AESOP 26th Annual Congress, Ankara, Turkey. 11 July - 15 July 2012. Proceedings of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) 26th Annual congress, Planning to achieve : The need for new discourses and practices in spatial development and planning.
  • Bahmanteymouri, E., & Ahmadi, E. (2009). The Rational Approach in Contemporary Planning in Iran: (1940 to present) The inner city of Tehran. In H. R. Arabnia, R. R. Hashemi, F. Moxley (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Information& Knowledge Engineering, IKE 2009, 2, 540-546. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: CSREA Press.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 408
New Zealand