Managing a City without GIS, Is it Possible? Some Experiences from Iran

Dr. Shahbakhti Rostami
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This paper describes the results of a survey carried out over a GIS workshop for 26 mayors who manage municipalities of 26 cities and towns in Kermanshah province in Iran during April and May 2006. Based on focus group discussions, interviews, and questionnaires conducted by the author some problems became clear in case of education and applying GIS to solve everyday problems associated with the urban managers in Kermanshah province. The socio-economic realities and properties of the region in conjunction with the increasing levels of urban population growth have created a high level of need for applying GIS. However, some problems such as the lack of enough and right education, expensive equipments, availability of GIS software, high cost satellite images, the lack of a comprehensive database containing spatial information and so on, are involved to not applying GIS in a proper manner to manage the cities and towns. The results of this survey show interesting points about the urban managers’ opinion in terms of applying GIS to solve urban problems. This paper can be used as a basis in order to find some solutions in relation to extending use of GIS in a disadvantage area in Iran.

Keywords: GIS, Urban Management, Kermanshah (Iran)
Stream: Economics and Management
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Shahbakhti Rostami

Associate Professor, Payam-e-Nour University
Iran (Islamic Republic of)

I am teaching geography subjects and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses in universities (currently in Iran and previously in Australia). I am interested in research about applying GIS to solve human-made and environmental problems in urban and rural areas. I have been attending 7 international conferences to present my different papers in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, USA and Canada.

Ref: I07P0033