Personal Information

Esmat Zaidan

Associate professor in planning and development

Education & Training

  • Education: :
    University of Waterloo, Birzeit University
  • Experience :
    7+ years
  • Residency: :
  • Certifications: :
    Microteaching Modules and Higher Education Theories
  • Practice Areas: :
    Policy, Planning, and Development


Dr. Esmat Zaidan (EZ) works as an associate professor in planning and development at Qatar University. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Management from University of Waterloo in Canada. She holds a Master in Architectural Planning and Cities Design, and a Master in Applied Environmental Studies in Local Economic Development from University of Waterloo in Canada. Dr. Esmat bachelor degree is in civil engineering and has worked for the World Bank for more than eight years in many development projects in Palestine.

Prior to joining Qatar University, she worked as assistant professor of Urban Planning at United Arab Emirates University, and as a lecturer of International Development at University of Waterloo. She has worked closely with many international development organizations, planners, and community members when conducting sustainability-oriented research in Toronto, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha.

Dr. Esmat research focuses on smart urban planning and development, sustainable development planning and policy, urban sustainability and adaptation context for planning policies, transition to smart energy policies, and technological and human factors of the transition to sustainability, implications of sustainable transportation systems on sustainable development, socio-cultural sustainability of development. She has published two books, 8 book-chapters, and a wider range of articles (more than 22) in top-tier journals (ISI/Scopus) by Elsevier, Sage, Routledge, and Taylor & Francis. She has conference papers in more than 10 countries.