Background and activities

Savis Gohari has tertiary education (Bachelor, Master and PhD) in urban planning, diverse knowledge in urban issues in both North and South, practical experiences in industry, education, research and development, particularly in fields of urban governance, campus development, co-creation, smart city, energy planning, citizen participation, public space, health and well-being, and sustainable development. She is now a postdoctoral fellow at Governance office of Smart Cities at Department of Architecture and Planning, working with one of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 smart projects, +CityxChange. This project aims at achieving sustainable urban ecosystems that have zero emissions and establishing a 100% renewable energy city-region by 2050. Her position is linked to the design and implementation of a framework for intra-project collaboration and learning in the project, among the seven participating cities and with the 24 industry, university and non-for-profit partners. She also collaborates with Trondheim and Limerick municipalities on creating a citizen participation playbook and platform, a developing a framework for an Innovation Playground, and for Bold City Vision. In parallel, she is doing research on Innovation in municipalities context, impact of co-location on collaboration, trust and communication, co-creation and governance methods and processes, and collaborating in mapping social tools for energy planning.  

Savis had also worked at one the Norwegian research Council’s funded projects,  Planning Instruments for Smart Energy Communities’ ((PI-SEC) project, in which she collaborated in investigating essential parameters, regulatory and planning implications for moving towards smart and sustainable energy use in Norwegian cities. In this project, she had collaborated with SINTEF, ZEN, EERA, Oslo, Bergen and Bodø municipalities.

Savis’ PhD, which was highlighted by the rector in the Doctoral Awards Ceremony 14 November 2019,  has examined the co-location case of university campuses in Trondheim. She explored the implications of a multilevel governance network for achieving the goals of sustainable and knowledge-based urban development. She suggests that engineering effective governance is challenging and that factors related to the culture of the institution and their connecting strategies, government priorities, and temporal factors have a great influence on universities’ contribution to their societies.

She has a Master’s in Urban Ecological Planning at Department of Urban Design and Planning. Her thesis was about understanding the behavior of international students in public spaces in Trondheim, which has helped her to build a strong network with Municipality of Trondheim. She tried to examine her gained knowledge of global South in Norwegian context.

She got her BSc in Urban Planning from University of Art, Tehran, Iran and wrote a thesis about emergence of Electronic Cities in Iran.


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Gohari, Savis. (2019) Governance in the planning and decision-making process. The co-location case of university campuses in Trondheim, Norway (2000-2013). 2019. ISBN 9788232637508.

Part of book/report

  • Gohari, Savis; Junker, Eivind; Ahlers, Dirk; Nielsen, Brita Fladvad. (2019) SUSTAINABLE SMART CITY DEVELOPMENT IN A FRAMEWORK OF GOVERNANCE. Proceedings of the Firts International Conference on Smart Cities in Seoul from July 17 – 19, 2019. ICSC1.
  • Nielsen, Brita Fladvad; Baer, Daniela; Gohari, Savis; Junker, Eivind. (2019) The Potential of Design Thinking for Tackling the “Wicked Problems” of the Smart City. Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society.
  • Nielsen, Brita Fladvad; Gohari, Savis; Gilcher, Elena; Baer, Daniela; Situmorang, Welfry Zwestin. (2019) Achieving citizen participation in smart cities: Five cross-roads in the planning of the +cityxChange project in Trondheim. Proceedings of the Firts International Conference on Smart Cities in Seoul from July 17 – 19, 2019. ICSC1.