Sara Tabatabaie, 2018
Teaching Assistant Professor
Sustainable Planning & Urban Design

Office: ENVD 205

Sara Tabatabaie has a Ph.D. in environmental studies specializing in community health. This degree builds on her MA in urban planning and design from McGill University and her BS in civil engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. Since 2018, she has served as a lecturer in the Program in Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder. She is also a research associate at the Community Engagement, Design and Research Center (CEDaR) at CU Boulder. In this position, she is managing community-based urban planning, environmental planning, and environmental health projects. Sara has had experience working with several design firms and non-profits in the U.S. and Canada. Sara’s research interests span environmental health, green infrastructure, health-related policy analysis and determinants of health disparities.

Throughout her professional career, Sara was involved in the preparation of several master planning and urban design projects. Sara has also been the project lead and primary investigator of several projects throughout her Ph.D. study. An example of these projects is the preparation of a shade audit instrument for Denver residential neighborhoods that was funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Another example is examining The Role of the Bicycle Master Plans in Advancing Built Environment Changes. This project was completed as a part of the Kaiser Permanente Walk and Wheel evaluation project. 

Within the research contexts, Sara is interested in the application of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and community-engaged scholarship to generate local knowledge and integrate it into every phase of the research process. Her recent projects, Via Verde Westwood, and the Visual Landscape Assessment (VLA) of residential streets for walking exemplify these values and practices. The VLA of Residential Streets for Walking project is a part of her dissertation that examines the features of street design that affect the desirability of residential streets for walking.