Dr Navaz Davoodian

Dr Navaz Davoodian

Navaz Davoodian is a Daphne Jackson Fellow at University College London in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.

Navaz has a degree in Architecture and a PhD in urban lighting.

Whilst completing her PhD at University of Sheffield, Navaz secured a PDRA position at University College London where she contributed to three EPSRC projects that focused on urban lighting utilising advanced techniques such as eye-tracking, fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and psychophysical methods. As the primary author to seventeen peer-reviewed papers and an award-nominated book, she also served as a reviewer for various journals and conferences in the lighting and built environment. Additionally, she has taught MSc Light and Lighting students and supervised their dissertations.

Returning to her research after a break, Navaz’s project will examine the physiological effects of night time urban lighting in people who experience age-related visual impairments and for individuals with neurodiversity. She is interested in how urban lighting and smart technologies can make it easier for people and she will utilise eye-tracking technology and a new mobile brain imaging technology called functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) using facilities at University College London’s Person-Activity-Environment Research Laboratory (PEARL) and UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

The title of her project is: Inclusive Street Lighting in Adaptive Cities: A Study Employing fNIRS and Eyetracking Technology and her Fellowship is sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering. 


Host and Sponsor

  • University College London
  • Royal Academy of Engineering