Resources, Infrastructure Systems and built Environments

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Hadi Arbabi

PDRA in Digital Urban Characterization

0114 222 5728

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
S1 3JD


Hadi’s work and research interests sit at the interface of data-driven urban engineering and planning. His doctoral studies focused on providing new insights on the effects of spatial scale on urban economic performance balance and the extent to which it is influenced by mobility infrastructure across spatial scales. Hadi's broader research activity and interests include but are not limited to network analysis of intra- and inter-city urban flows, infrastructure and planning, and city morphology, stocks, and metabolism.

Hadi is currently working as Research Associate on the Active Building Centre. 

Recent activities and achievements


MEng Architectural Engineering Design (Class One Honors)


(2020). On the use of random graphs in analysing resource utilization in urban systems. The Royal Society , (Full Text)., Abstract: Urban resource models increasingly rely on implicit network formulations. Resource consumption behaviours documented in the existing empirical studies are ultimately by-products of the network abstractions underlying these models. Here, we present an analytical formulation and examination of a...
Ling Min Tan, Hadi Arbabi, Paul E Brockway, Danielle Densley Tingley, Martin Mayfield (2019). An ecological-thermodynamic approach to urban metabolism: Measuring resource utilization with open system network effectiveness analysis. Applied Energy, 254 (), (Full Text)., Abstract: Cities have evolved as centers of economic growth and often described as open systems where the intake of resources is heavily dependent on flows imported from the external environment. The question is, how much of the resource available in cities is effectively utilized? In response, this paper...
Arbabi, H.; Mayfield, M.; Dabinett, G. (2018). Urban performance at different boundaries in England and Wales through the settlement scaling theory. Regional Studies, (Full Text)., Abstract: The relationship between transport-led agglomeration and economic performance is evaluated in an English and Welsh context. We examine the effects of scale, i.e., inter- versus intra-city mobility infrastructure, on urban size–cost performance. An additional contribution of this paper lies in its...
(2016). Urban and Rural—Population and Energy Consumption Dynamics in Local Authorities within England and Wales. Buildings, 6 (3), (Full Text)., Abstract: The formulation of feasible and pragmatic policies that mitigate climate change would require a thorough understanding of the interconnectivity that exists between environment, energy, and the composition of our settlements both urban and rural. This study explores the patterns of energy...
(2015). Influence of Anthropic and Spatial Characteristics of Cities upon Their Energy Metabolism, Abstract: The equivalent land mass required to simply sustain the demands of urban areas and cities have surpassed their own size. Considering that cities are responsible for nearly 76% of the total global energy consumption, it is vital to discover and understand the factors influencing energy consumption...