Azadeh originally trained as an architect in Iran, and later as an urban planner in the Netherlands at the Technical University of Delft (TUDelft), she specialized over the years in the fields of urban development planning and urban policy mobility.
She has over 10 years’ international experience in research and practice in different countries in the Middle East and Europe. As an academic her work focuses on political and institutional dynamics of urban development planning in the context of the global south. Over the years she worked for several international organizations, offices, and universities including UNESCO in Iran, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, Delft University of Technology, and University of Westminster in London. She has been working on several urban design and master plan projects at (OMA) in Rotterdam - she has been involved in various teaching courses at the department of Urbanism (TUDelft), and also took part in number of research projects at TUDelft and University of Westminster. She is part of the editorial team at the International journal of Planning Practice and Research.
Her PhD research is structured around development theory, and focuses on documenting the ways in which local and geopolitical politics affect urban policy and the urbanisation processes of Tehran and more generally cities of the global south in the 20th century. The research traces the role of local planning institutions and bilateral development agencies in reshaping Tehran and asks how are planning practices and visions are linked to broader structures of political economy. Among a range of policy domains, special attention is paid to infrastructure, housing, mega urban development project, and municipal financing.