Shayan Madani is a member of the research team at the University of Guelph, working under the supervision of Professor Ryan Gibson. Shayan holds a bachelor’s degree in urban engineering, a multidisciplinary field encompassing urban planning, urban design, urban geography, and urban management. His educational background provides him with a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of urban landscapes and their development.

Prior to joining the research team, Shayan gained invaluable practical experience working as a planner in a private planning company in Iran. During his tenure, he honed his skills in working with official plans and maps, gaining firsthand insights into the complexities of urban development processes.

Dedicated to advancing his expertise, Shayan pursued further academic studies and obtained a master’s degree in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph. His academic pursuits have equipped him with specialized knowledge and analytical capabilities crucial for addressing the unique challenges and opportunities present in rural and urban communities.

Currently, Shayan is actively engaged in two research projects under the guidance of Professor Ryan Gibson. In the first project, he contributes to the exploration of economic development initiatives in Ontario, striving to identify strategies that foster sustainable growth and prosperity in rural areas.

In the second project, Shayan collaborates with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) in partnership with the University of Guelph Library. Together, they are dedicated to uploading annual presentations focused on rural planning and development, thus facilitating knowledge dissemination, and fostering dialogue within the academic and practitioner communities.