(source: www.kiantajbakhsh.com)Kian Tajbakhsh is a social scientist and urban planner.
He has worked as a consultant in the areas of local government reform, urban
planning and social policy, and has taught at universities in the US and
in Iran. He has worked with several organizations including Iran’s Municipalities Organization,
the Social Security Organization, and international organizations such as the
World Bank and the Dutch Association of Municipalities. His academic research
examines the evolving nature of Iranian state institutions and the policy making
process. He is the author of two books and over twenty academic papers. In 2006,
he completed a three year study of the local government sector in
Iran. From 1994 until 2001, Dr.
Tajbakhsh taught Urban Policy and Politics at the New School
for Social Research in New York
City. He received his M.Sc. from University College, London in
1984, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in