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Assistant Professor

Shima Hamidi, PhD, MSc, is a transportation planner and smart growth advocate with expertise in measuring urban form and its quality of life impacts.

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Research Interests

built environment; transportation; housing; social determinants of health; equity; urban sprawl
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Utah
Technological University of Malaysia
Shiraz University
Dr. Shima Hamidi is Bloomberg Assistant Professor of American Health in Environmental Challenges, Core faculty member of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and Assistant Professor with the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. Prior to Joining JHU, Dr. Hamidi was the founder and director of the Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD), funded by the US Department of Transportation at the University of Texas at Arlington where she led a consortium of five universities including UT Arlington, Georgia Tech, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of South Florida and CalPoly SLO to tackle challenges related to transportation, environment and public health, particularly through the lens of equity.

Dr. Hamidi has expertise in geospatial data, built environment, housing and transportation and their connections to public health. She has written over 50 books and articles on urban form and its impacts on individuals’ upward mobility, public health, traffic safety, emergence of food deserts, housing affordability, location efficiency and life expectancy. Her work on urban sprawl and its quality of life impacts has been cited in more than 110 national and regional newspapers and magazines such as Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and CNN Money.
Honors & Awards
2020- Endowed Chair in Environmental Challenges, Bloomberg American Health Initiative, Johns Hopkins University
2018 Profiled in D Magazine “These UTA Researchers Are Answering the Toughest Questions in North Texas”
2017 Best Poster Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (with PhD student Ahoura Zandi)
2017 Presidential Fellow, One of the fives recipients at University of Texas at Arlington
2015 Eno Fellow, Future Leaders Development Program, Eno Center for Transportation; Washington DC.
2015 Ivory Medal for Doctoral Scholarship, University of Utah
2015 Weddle Prize, Best Paper of the Year, Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning
2014 National HHS Innovates Competition, Semi-finalist Team, Department of Health and Human Service
2011 GCSC Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research in Sustainability, Global Change and Sustainability Center, University of Utah
Select Publications
Selected Publications
  • Hamidi, S., Ewing, R., Tatalovic, Z., Grace, J., and Berrigan, D. (2018) Associations between urban sprawl and life expectancy in the United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(5), 861
  • Hamidi, S., and Ewing, R. (2014) A longitudinal study of changes in urban sprawl between 2000 and 2010 in the United States, Landscape and Urban Planning, 128: 72-82.
  • Hamidi, S., (2020) Urban Sprawl and the Emergence of Food Deserts in the United States, Urban Studies (online first). DOI: 0042098019841540
  • Ewing, R., Hamidi, S., and Grace, J. B. (2016) Urban sprawl as a risk factor in motor vehicle crashes. Urban Studies, 53(2), 247-266.
  • Hamidi, S., Jahan, J. , Moazzeni, S. , (2018) Does Location Matter? Performance Analysis of the HUD Assistance Programs with Respect to Transportation Affordability in Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolis, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2672(3), 194-205