Dr Bobby NishaBobby

University Teacher

Room number: D11a
Telephone (internal): 26934
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 6934
Telephone (International): +44 114 222 6934
Email: b.nisha@sheffield.ac.uk


The fascination for built environment led me to a Bachelor award in Architecture (B.Arch) in 2005. As an Architect I gained international experience working for an architectural practice in Dubai. Over the years of undergraduate studies and industrial practice, I realized that there is enormous potential to bridge the gap between urban planning and building architecture while addressing the environmental issues that need to make a city sustainable. This eventually led me to a post graduate qualification in Urban design (M.Arch) from the University of Nottingham in 2009.

I moved full-time into academia as a Graduate Teaching Associate at University of Bolton in 2010 where I was lecturing as well as doing a PhD. I also graduated PGCHE (PG cert in Teaching and learning in HE) from University of Bolton in 2012. I was appointed as a Teaching Associate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield in September 2014.  I hold Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy, UK (FHEA) and an Associate member (ACIAT) of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology.

I also run a dedicated blog for Urban Design and Planning.


My research interests include:

  • Urban design process; Process Management
  • Design thinking, Design research, Psychology of design
  • Decision making models
  • Urban regeneration; Urban and Social policy
  • Dynamics of participatory decision-making

I also have a strong interest in design pedagogy for teaching and learning in studio based learning environments.

My current research is focussed on Evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) in urban design for regeneration. I am interested in the principles of evidence-informed analysis and decision making in design decision-making and looking to develop a process framework that incorporates tools and techniques of spatial analysis and review, to collate evidence, which then informs design decisions.


My approach to teaching begins from a position of respecting the self-expression and individuality of students to further inspire creative thinking. I seek to engage students in current academic debates in order to help them to develop an understanding and appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of Urban Design in terms of its theory, principles, components and practice.

I currently teach on the following modules:

  • TRP 210, Urban Design and Place-Making
  • TRP 449, Local Action Planning Project
  • TRP613, Urban Design in the Global South
  • TRP614, International Development Fieldclass
  • TRP 6423, Principles of Urban Design
  • TRP6408, Advanced Software Skills in Urban Design
  • TRP6424, Design Dissertation

PhD supervision 

I welcome applications for PhD study within my areas of research interest.


Journal articles