Tan Yigitcanlar is an Associate Professor at the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Along with this position, he also carries out an Executive Director role at the World Capital Institute, Monterrey, Mexico, and an Adjunct Professor role at the Smart Cities Lab (LabCHIS), Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil. He has been responsible for research, teaching, training and capacity building programs on the fields of urban and regional planning, development and management in esteemed Australian, Brazilian, Finnish, Japanese and Turkish universities. The main foci of his research interests are clustered around the following three interrelated and interdisciplinary themes:
The first research theme is 'Knowledge-Based Urban Development and Knowledge Cities'. In this research area, he scrutinises the impacts of globalisation and knowledge economy on urban locations. He is one of the doyens in the theorisation and evaluation of knowledge-based urban development. His research projects in this theme focus on planning, designing, development and managing knowledge cities and their knowledge and innovation clusters.
The second theme is 'Sustainable Urban Development and Sustainable Cities'. In this theme, he investigates urban sustainability by focusing on land use and transport integration, transport accessibility and modelling, water sensitive urban design, urban ecosystems sustainability, and infrastructure resilience. His research projects in this theme employ various methods including indicator-based assessment and policy analysis and development.
The third research theme is 'Intelligent Urban Technologies and Smart Cities'. In this research area, he examines impacts of innovative urban technologies on smart, sustainable and knowledge-based development of cities. His research projects in this theme include smart cities and communities, autonomous vehicles, online planning and decision support systems, and the impacts of urban technologies on cities and societies.
He is an Editor-in-Chief of 'Elsevier's Smart Cities Book Series', the Editor-in-Chief of 'International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development', a Section Editor-in-Chief of 'Sustainability', a Regional Editor of 'Journal of Knowledge Management', and an Associate Editor of 'International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology', 'Global Journal of Environmental Science and Management', 'Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity', and 'Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship'. Additionally, he is an editorial board member of 'Journal of Urban Technology', 'Knowledge Management Research & Practice', 'Measuring Business Excellence', 'International Journal of Knowledge-Based Organizations', and 'Urban Science'.
He undertakes the Chairman role of the annual 'Knowledge Cities World Summit' series, and organised conferences in many locations of the world since 2007. These locations include Monterrey (Mexico), Shenzhen (China), Melbourne (Australia), Bento Gonzalves (Brazil), Matera (Italy), Istanbul (Turkey), Tallinn (Estonia), Daegu (Korea), Vienna (Austria), and Arequipa (Peru).
He has published his research findings extensively. These publications also include over 100 journal articles and the following key reference books: 'Geographies of Disruption' (Springer, 2018), 'Urban Knowledge and Innovation Spaces (Routledge, 2017), 'Technology and the City (Routledge, 2016)', 'Knowledge and the City (Routledge, 2014)', 'Sustainable Urban Water Environment (Edward Elgar, 2014)', 'Building Prosperous Knowledge Cites (Edward Elgar, 2012)', 'Knowledge-Based Development for Cities and Societies (IGI Global, 2010)', 'Sustainable Urban and Regional Infrastructure Development (IGI Global, 2010)', 'Rethinking Sustainable Development (IGI Global, 2010)' 'Knowledge-Based Urban Development (IGI Global, 2008)', and 'Creative Urban Regions (IGI Global, 2008)'.