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 teaches 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, Economics of Incomplete Markets, Urban Economics, The Experience Economy, Sharing and Smart Economy, as well as Behavioural Economics from a 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

Economics of Incomplete Markets

The Experience Economy

Smart and Sharing Economy 

pedagogy of Planning Discipline

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 and Housing Policies

Planning Theory  

Urban Critical Thinking 

Logic-Based Analysis of Planning Practices

Political Economy of Space

Economics of Incomplete Markets 

The Experience Economy 

Smart and Sharing Economy  

Pedagogy of Planning Discipline 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bahmanteymouri, E. (2019). Planning a way out of housing unaffordability. https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/02/06/429797/planning-a-way-out-of-housing-unaffordability. Related URL.
  • Bahmanteymouri, E., & Mohammadzadeh, M. (2018). Claiming the right to the city: Informal urbanisation in the holy city of Mashhad. In R. Rocco, J. van Ballegooijen (Eds.) The Routledge handbook on informal urbanization. New York, NY, USA: Routledge. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohsen Mohammadzadeh
  • 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. (2017). A logic-based investigation of neoliberalised planning education. Paper presented at Educating Architects and Planners, 1917-2017: School of Architecture and Planning Centenary 2017. 8 September - 9 September 2017.
  • 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). Essex School of Discourse Analysis: A logic-based approach to ontological investigation of planning. Paper presented at AESOP Annual Congress: Lisbon 2017: Spaces of dialog for places of dignity: Fostering the European dimension of planning, Lisbon, Portugal. 11 July - 14 July 2017. Spaces of dialog for places of dignity: Fostering the European dimension of planning: Book of proceedings.
  • Bahmanteymouri, E. (2017). More land and houses means fewer affordable properties, academic says. Stuff.co.nz Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 408
New Zealand