Mahshid Bagheri


Mahshid holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Her motivation is to be part of creating a sustainable planet through effective participatory processes and cross-sector collaboration. She brings experience in urban designing, physical planning, and mapping,

During her studies, Ms. Bagheri worked as a graduate research assistant in National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC), and focused on disaster management and humanitarian assistance planning. Through this period, she was part of a wide variety of projects; She assisted in a GIS analysis project to investigate the impact of flight restriction relaxation on the number of COVID cases on the Island of Oahu in Spring 2020. She also helped with the preparation of COVID-19 contact tracing and social distancing surveys, and GIS analysis of the obtained data.

During her studies, Mahshid also contributed to conducting a research project for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources – Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) with the purpose of creating a conceptual development plan to guide the potential future development of the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor. In this project she helped with conducting a site inventory and site analysis, conducting community and stakeholders’ engagement surveys and interviews, and assessing prior stakeholder engagement results. She also developed resilient design guidelines including several strategies for addressing sea level rise and flooding in the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor.

Some other projects that Mahshid assisted with are: 1) developing an infrastructure plan for Waipahu TOD area by analyzing various infrastructure considerations including multi-modal transportation, parking, stormwater and green infrastructure, 2) finding links between demography and resource dependency on Merizo residents’ attitudes and perceptions towards coastal and marine resources in the Achang Reef Flat Marin Preserve, Guam by analyzing a survey data employing IBM SPSS Software, and 3) a SPSS analysis of a survey conducted one year after 2017 earthquake in middle east to investigate the relationship between people’s awareness about their significant role in response and recovery activities after one year of a disaster, and the improvement of their quality of life in the post-disaster process.

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