Faculty Bio: Mehdi Pourpeikari Heris
Common Courses TaughtURBG 710: Urban Data Analysis
URBP 787: Introduction to GIS for Urban Policy and Planning
URBP 787.1M: Advanced GIS for Urban Environmental Analysis
URBP 787.1N: Designing Resilient Cities
EducationPh.D. in Urban Planning and Design, University of Colorado Denver
M.A. in Planning Research & Theory, University of Sheffield, UK
M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Tehran, Iran
Mehdi Heris is an Assistant Professor in Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College. His broad research interest is connecting urban ecosystems and planning policies. He studies how urban form regulations and planning procedures impact environmental qualities such as urban heat. Mehdi teaches geospatial data analysis and urban form regulations, and mentors students in using GIS and programming for planning applications.
As an expert in the application of geospatial sciences in urban environments, he has done extensive research on the environmental benefits (heat mitigation, rainfall interception, and air quality) of urban trees by building open-source national-scale models. He has published several datasets including a national rasterized building dataset, and Denver’s tree cover.
Mehdi collaborates with city planners in multiple cities including the City of New York, Denver, CO, and Cambridge, MA to develop policies regarding heat mitigation and green infrastructure. His work has been published in Landscape and Urban Planning; Journal of Planning Education and Research; Scientific Data; Remote Sensing; and Regional Studies, Regional Science.