Curriculum Vitae


Senior Lecturer
  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning
    Faculty of Built Environment
  • +603-79677951


Dr Nikmatul Adha is currently the Head of Urban and Regional Planning Programme at Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Malaya.  She obtained her Bachelor and Masters degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia in the field of Urban and Regional Planning.  She was awarded with a doctoral degree from USM in 2011 in the field of social and physical planning.  She is a Graduate Member of the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP). She started her career as Research Officer in USM, served a stint as Research Executive at a private consultant firm before settling for an academic career in Universiti Malaya starting 2004.  Her research interest is on participatory urban planning, tourism planning and community development planning. 




  • Doktor Falsafah (Perancangan Sosial dan Fizikal), (Perancangan Sosial dan Fizikal)
    Universiti Sains Malaysia (Usm)
  • MSC Planning, (Planning)
    Universiti Sains Malaysia (Usm)
  • BSC HBP (Urban and Regional Planning), (Perancang Bandar dan Wilayah)
    Universiti Sains Malaysia (Usm)


  • Head of Department
    01 Jan 2023 - 31 Jan 2023 (Universiti Malaya)
  • Head of Department
    12 Apr 2021 - 31 Dec 2022 (Universiti Malaya)
  • Programme Coordinator
    01 Nov 2020 - 11 Apr 2021 (Universiti Malaya)
  • Coordinator
    01 Aug 2016 - 31 Jul 2018 (Faculty)
  • Programme Coordinator
    15 Dec 2015 - 31 Jul 2016 (Faculty)
  • Committee Member of Jawatankuasa Penerbitan
    28 Jul 2011 - 28 Jul 2014 (Faculty)
  • Committee Member of Jawatankuasa Operasi dan Dokumentasi
    01 Apr 2013 - 30 Jun 2014 (Faculty)
  • Committee member of Jawatankuasa Kualiti (ISO)
    01 Apr 2013 - 30 Jun 2014 (Faculty)
  • Committee Member of Jawatankuasa Pelaksana Kursus Jalinan Masyarakat di Fakulti Alam Bina
    02 Sep 2013 - 30 Jun 2014 (Faculty)


    University of Malaya, 2015 (University)
  • Golden Key National Honour Society (USM Chapter) due to outstanding scholastic achievement.
    Golden Key National Honour Society, 1999 (International)


Article in Journal
  1. Hosseini, F., Adha, N., Zainol, R., Isahak, M., Nemati, N. (2014). Neighborhood-Level Stress and Circadian Cortisol: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Iranian Journal of Public Health. 43(10), 1324-1334
  1. Harumain, Y. A. S., Nordin, N. A., Ching, G. H., Zaid, N. S., Woodcock, A., McDonagh, D., & Faiz, K. (2021). The Urban Women Travelling Issue in the Twenty-first Century. Journal of Regional and City Planning, 32(1), 1-14. doi: 10.5614/jpwk.2021.32.1.1
  1. Xu T., Nordin N.A., Aini A.M. (2022). Urban Green Space and Subjective Well-Being of Older People: A Systematic Literature Review, International journal of environmental research and public health. 19(21), . doi:10.3390/ijerph192114227
  1. Harumain, Y. A. S., Nordin, N. A., Zaid, S. M., Goh, H. C., Woodcock, A., Mcdonagh, D.,& Faiz, K. (2021). UNDERSTANDING FACTORS OF USING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AMONG WOMEN IN KUALA LUMPUR. Jurnal Pengembangan Kota, 8(2), 109-115.
  2. Harumain, Y. A. S., Nordin, N. A., Azmi, N. F., Morimoto, A., & Teppei, O. Implementation of Hentian Komuniti towards Heritage Town Sustainability.
  3. Makmor, Maisarah; Salleh, Hafez; Nordin, Nikmatul Adha. (2020) Ineffective Public Participation For Eia: The Cause Of Environmental Issues In Malaysia? Journal of Surveying, Construction and Property, [S.l.], v. 11, n. 1, p. 83-96, June 2020. ISSN 1985-7527. Available at:
  4. Makmor, Maisarah; Salleh, Hafez; Nordin, Nikmatul Adha. Public Participation Assessment For Environmental Impact Assessment In Malaysia, Canada And New Zealand. Journal of Architecture, Planning and Construction Management, 10(1). Retrieved from, page 16-30
  5. Shamsul Harumain, Y. A., Nordin, N. A., Azmi, N. F., Teppei, O., Morimoto, A., & Zaini, S. (2020). Potential of Using Machinoeki as Push Factor to Encourage Community Walking in Town. Asian People Journal (APJ), 3(2), 1-10.
  6. Yong Adilah Shamsul Harumain, Nikmatul Adha Nordin, Goh Hong Ching, Noor Suzaini Zaid, Andree Woodcock, Deana Mcdonagh, and Komal Faiz, The Urban Women Travelling Issue in the Twenty-first Century. Journal of Regional and City Planning, vol. 31, no. 3, December 2020
  7. Nikmatul Adha, N.; Kamarudin, N. (2018). Does Social Capital Influence Participation in Planning? Evidence from Subang Jaya. International Journal of Government, Law and Communication, 3(8), 32-44.
  8. Latif, F. M., Nordin, N. A., & Au-Yong, C. P. (2015). Urban Design for a Safe City: A Critical Review of Kuala Lumpur. Geografia-Malaysian Journal of Society and Space, 11(9), 40-53.
  9. Latif, F., & Nordin, N. (2015). Penggunaan Space Syntax dalam Penentuan Kawasan Risiko Jenayah di Bandar. GEOGRAFI, 3(1), 79 - 91. Retrieved from
  10. Dwi Rizka Zulkia, Rosilawati Zainol, Norlelawati Zainol, Nikmatul Adha Nordin, Faizah Ahmad. 2014. Factors Determining Youth's Recreational Behaviour and its Effects on Body Mass Index (BMI). Journal of Surveying, Construction and Property. 5(2)
  11. Rosilawati Zainol, Faizah Ahmad, Nikmatul Adha Nordin, Ibrahim Mohd@Ahmad and Goh Hong Ching. 2013. Appreciating Built Heritage Through Urban Sensory Elements. Journal of Surveying, Construction and Property, (1) Vol. 4, 2013 p 1-12
  12. Nikmatul Adha N., Kamarudin N., Rosilawati Z. 2012. Trust and Civic Action in Urban Planning: Evidence from Subang Jaya. Malaysian Townplan Journal. Vol 9 (1).
  13. Rosilawati Zainol, Nikmatul Adha Nordin, Dian Sandri, Faizah Ahmad and Ibrahim Mohd@Ahmad. 2012. Nature seekers within the urban vicinity. Journal of Surveying, Construction & Property. 3(2). 1-13
  14. Rosilawati Zainol, Faizah Ahmad, Nikmatul Adha Nordin, Syra Lawrance Maidin & Muhamad Nur Akramin Sulaiman. 2011. Benefits of gazetting world heritage sites in Melaka Historical City as a non motorized zone. Jurnal Manusia dan Masyarakat (21)
  1. Rosilawati Zainol, Ibrahim Mohd @ Ahmad, Faizah Ahmad dan Nikmatul Adha Nordin. 2014. Mesra Pejalan Kaki di Bandar Warisan. Penerbit Universiti Malaya: Kuala Lumpur. ISBN 978-983-100-699-3.
  2. Badaruddin Mohamed & Nikmatul Adha Nordin (2007), Perancangan Pelancongan, Kuala Lumpur : Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka
Chapter in Books
  1. Harumain, Y. A. S., McDonagh, D., Woodcock, A., Nordin, N. A., & Faiz, K. (2020). 7 Gender transport inequalities in Malaysia and Pakistan. Contentious Cities: Design and the Gendered Production of Space, 71.
  2. Shamsul Harumain, Yong Adilah; McDonagh, Deana; Woodcock, Andree; Nordin, Nikmatul Adha, Faiz, Komal. (2021) Gender Transport Inequalities in Malaysia and Pakistan. In: Berry, J. (Ed.), Moore, T. (Ed.), Kalms, N. (Ed.), Bawden, G. (Ed.). (2021). Contentious Cities. London: Routledge,
  3. Alcheikh Mahmoud Z., Ahmad Y., Md. Dali M., Nordin N.A. (2019) Environmental Threats to the Performance of Urban Areas in ASEAN Integration. In Idris A., Kamaruddin N. (eds) ASEAN Post-50, emerging issues and challenges (pp. 177-201). Singapore, Palgrave Macmillan
  4. Demokrasi dan Birokrasi dalam Perancangan Bandar. 2016. Dlm. Kamarudin N. & Jamaludin M. Komuniti dan Kerajaan Tempatan, hlm. 27-58. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.
  5. Nikmatul Adha Nordin, Hong Ching Goh (2015). Review Of Landuse Policies In Sungai Selangor Watershed Pp41-54. Jamilah Mohamad, Hong Ching Goh (eds). Landuse Dynamics and Policies In The Sungai Selangor Watershed. Pp. 169. Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Press.
Article in Proceeding
  1. Zakaria Alcheikh Mahmoud Awad, Melasutra Md Dali, Nikmatul Adha Nordin. (2017, Nov). Sustainable Urban Planning to Cope with Pulsar Effects of Destructive Events: A Conceptual Framework. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference-Workshop on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design 2017, Pulau Pinang
  2. R Zainol, F Ahmad, N A Nordin and A W M Aripin. 2014. Evaluation of users' satisfaction on pedestrian facilities using pair-wise comparison approach. IOP Conf. Ser.: Earth Environ. Sci. 18 012175 doi:10.1088/1755-1315/18/1/012175
  3. Rosilawati Zainol, Nikmatul Adha Nordin, Faizah Yunus and Syra Lawrance Maidin. 2011. Empowering community neighborhood watch with crime monitoring system using web-based GIS,Proceedings of Map Malaysia 2011, 5 -6 April 2011, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS Cited Publication),
  4. Rosilawati Zainol, Nikmatul Adha Nordin, Syra Lawrance Maidin, Goh Hong Ching and Tan Wan Hin. 2011.Empowering Teaching and Learning of Geography by Using Web-Based GIS Application as a Teaching Tool. Proceedings of International Educational Technology Conference 2011, Istanbul, Turkey. (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS Cited Publication)
  5. Nikmatul Adha Nordin. 2008. Forum Komuniti Internet: Medan Kesepakatan dan Penglibatan Masyarakat Alaf Baru. kertas kerja dibentangkan di Seminar Internasional Indonesia-Malaysia Update 2008, Jogjakarta, 27-29 Mei.
  6. Nikmatul Adha Nordin, Melasutra Md Dali, Norhaslina Hasan et. al. (2006) Social Integration in Urban Neighbourhoods, Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Housing, September 18-19, Malaysia.
  7. Nikmatul Adha Nordin & Wan Rafyah Wan Muhd Zin, (2005) Incorporating Children in Neighbourhood Design and Planning, 8th International Conference of the Asian Planning School Association, September 11-14, Malaysia.
  8. Badaruddin Mohamed, Nikmatul Adha Nordin, Rahmat Azam Mustafa,& Alip Rahim (2004) The Analysis of International Tourists To Langkawi Island-Where Do We Go From Here? Proceedings of The 2nd Apacchrie & 6th Biennial Conference, May 27-29, 2004, Phuket, Thailand.
  9. Badaruddin M, Lee Lik Meng & Nikmatul Adha. N. (2002) Malaysia s International Tourism Promotion and Image Positioning Perceptions of the International Tourists. Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference Asia Pacific Tourism Association. July 10-13, 2002. Dalian. China. p10-18.
  10. Badaruddin Mohamed & Nikmatul Adha Nordin (2001) Future Trends and Scenarios in Tourism: A Case Study on the Capacity of Tourist Infrastructure in Malaysia. Paper presented at the First Hospitality and Tourism Educators National Conference. Kuala Lumpur. 14-15 June, 2001.
  11. Badaruddin Mohamed & Nikmatul Adha Nordin (2001). Pemasaran Strategik Produk-Produk Pelancongan Malaysia (Strategic Marketing of Malaysia s Tourism Products). Paper presented at the National Conference on P & P IPTA 2001. Kuala Lumpur, 25-26 October 2001.
Other Publications
  1. Rosilawati Zainol,Faizah Ahmad, Nikmatul Adha Nordin, Goh Hong Ching and Tan Wan Hin. 2011. Reducing carbon footprint in heritage tourism in Melaka Historical City. - Extended Abstract


  1. 2012 - 2014, Exploratory Research Grant Scheme (ERGS)
    Urban Youth's Recreational Behaviour and Its Relationship with refractive Error and Body Mass Index ( Consultant)
  2. 2013 - 2014, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
    Determining Relationship of Urban Environment Qualities and Adolescents' Psychological Health ( Principal Investigator(PI))
  3. 2011 - 2013, Geran Penyelidikan Universiti Malaya (UMRG)
    Non-motorized Zone in World Heritage Sites in Melaka and Penang: An Approach Towards Mitigating Carbon Footprint ( Consultant)
  4. 2012 - 2013, Geran Penyelidikan Universiti Malaya (UMRG)
    Sustainable Development of Coastal Land in Peninsula Malaysia ( Consultant)
  5. 2012 - 2013, Geran Penyelidikan Universiti Malaya (UMRG)
    Urban Compaction: Optimizing Transit Station Areas through Land Use Mixing and Urban Place Making ( Consultant)
  6. 2012 - 2013, Geran Penyelidikan Universiti Malaya (UMRG)
    Stakeholders Participation in Local Planning ( Principal Investigator(PI))
  7. 2013 - 2013, Geran Penyelidikan Universiti Malaya (UMRG)
    Green Neighbourhood Index for Sustainable Living ( Consultant)
  8. 2008
    Application of Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) in sustainable tourism. Fundamental Research Grant, 1st January 2006 - 31st December 2007
  9. 2008
    Formasi Komuniti Mesra Kanak-Kanak, Fundamental Research Grant, 1st January 2006 - 31st December 2007
  10. 2006 - 2007, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
    A Formation of a Community Friendly Pre-School Children in the Main City of Malaysia (Formasi Komuniti Mesra Kanak-Kanak Pra-Sekolah di Bandar-Bandar Utama di Malaysia) ( Consultant)
  11. 2006 - 2007, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
    GIS and GPS Application in Sustainable Tourism Development; A Study in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia Co-Researcher Tengku Adeline Adura Tengku Hamzah Nikmatul Adha Nordin ( Consultant)
  12. 2005 - 2006, Centre for Economic Development and Etnic Relations (CEDER) University of Malaya
    Evaluating Social Integration in Urban Neighborhoods in Klang Valley ( Consultant)
  1. 2008 - 2008, Geran Penyelidikan Universiti Malaya (UMRG)
    Public Participation in Urban Planning Process. Case Study: Subang Jaya. Research University Grant. 2007. (Head) ( Principal Investigator(PI))
  2. 2007 - 2008, Short Term Research Fund (Vote F)(PJP)
    Public Participation in Local Government. ( Principal Investigator(PI))
  3. 2006 - 2007, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
    Public Participation in Urban Planning Process. Case Study: Klang. Fundamental Research Grant. ( Director)
  4. 2005 - 2006, CEDER
    Social Integration in Urban Neighbourhoods. Funded by Centre of Economic Development and Ethnic Relations. 2006. (Co-Researcher) ( Consultant)


  • Kajian Impak Penilaian La 21 Mbpj, Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya
    01 Dec 2015 - 01 Dec 2016 (National)


  1. Sustainable Urban Planning To Cope With Pulsar Effects of Destructive Events: A Conceptual Framework, 3rd International Conference-Workshop on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design (ICWSAUD 2017) , School of Housing, Building & Planning HBP Research Unit  (International) (13 Nov 2017 - 15 Nov 2017)
  1. Machinoeki: Revitalization of a Heritage Town, Machinoeki Annual Congress, Machinoeki Japan Association (International) (09 Nov 2018 - 09 Nov 2018)
  2. Machinoeki : Revitalization of City Centre through Community Involvement, Forum on Smart and Sustainable Development, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan (International) (27 Nov 2017 - 28 Nov 2017)
  3. Pelancongan, Persepsi Awam Dan Standard: Isu Dan Cabaran Bagi Melaka Sebagai Bandaraya Warisan Bersejarah, Seminar Warisan Kebangsaan 2013, Kerajaan Negeri Melaka dan Perbadanan Muzium Melaka (National) (02 Jul 2013 - 03 Dec 2013)
  1. Revisiting Rural and Urban Areas Classification in the Light of Aftermath of COVID19 , International Conference on Integrated Urban Planning, Universiti Malaya (International) (12 Oct 2021 - 12 Oct 2021)
  2. Thrown into the deep end: Experiences of real estate and urban planning students in navigating e-Learning during Covid-19, International Conference on Integrated Urban Planning 2021, Universiti Malaya (International) (12 Oct 2021 - 12 Oct 2021)
  1. Forum Komuniti Internet: Medan Kesepakatan dan Penglibatan Masyarakat Alaf Baru, Seminar Internasional Indonesia-Malaysia Update 2008 (01 Aug 2008)


  1. (2022) Nor Amaleena Mazlan (17098760/3), University, (Internal Examiner)
  2. (2022) Ahmad Zamil Zakaria (17043551/1 | Bva170008), University, (Internal Examiner)
  3. (2022) Octaviana Sylvia Caroline (17058662/1 | Bva180002), University, (Internal Examiner)
  4. (2015) Tourism's Tangible and Intangible Values: Multiple Stakeholders' Perceptions of Taman Negara Pahang, (Internal Examiner)
  5. (2013) 4th International Graduate Conference on Engineering, Science and Humanities (IGCESH 2013), (Reviewer)
  6. (2013) Asia Pacific Network of Housing Research 2013, (Reviewer)
  7. (2012) Journal of Sustainability Science and Management, (Reviewer)
  8. (2011) Kajian Malaysia (Journal of Malaysian Studies), USM , (Reviewer)
  9. Journal of Surveying, Construction & Property (JSCP), (Reviewer)
Contribution to external organisation
  1. (2020) Ahli Jawatankuasa Kecil untuk national Planning Congress 2020, Malaysian Institute of Planners
  2. (2019) Panel Jawatankuasa Tatatertib Pelajar, Universiti Malaya
  3. (2019) Rapporteur for National Planning Congress 2019, Malaysia Institute of Planners (MIP) and Perbadanan Putrajaya
  4. (2017) Jury Panel for Bandar Malaysia Master Concept Design Competition, Bandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  5. (2013) Internal Audit, QMEC
  6. (2013) Pakar Rujuk Penyelaras Kursus Students Hollistic Empowerment (Ketua Kluster Global Issues and Community Sustainability), Universiti Malaya
  7. (2010) 2nd Asia Europe Young Urban Leaders Dialogue (Shanghai, 26-28 July 2010), The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Madrid Global, International


Postgraduate Student
PhD/ Doctoral
  3. (2014) Township and Urban Planning studies Topic: Suburban areas and Urbanity Title: Constantine Suburb public spaces: Towards a new shape of urbanity., Boudjellal Zine Eddine
  4. (2014) Examining Social Capital as an Approach in Participation Planning Process To Support City Liveability: Indonesian Immigrant in Kuala Lumpur as A Case Study, Tunira Hasanah
  6. (2013) Coordinating Stakeholder Engagement in Urban Planning, Nur Izzati Ibrahim
  7. (2012) The impacts of urban environment on adolescents health, Fatemeh Hosseini
  8. (2012) Relationship between Walkability and Social Interactions in the Residential Neighbourhoods, Mohd Sukuran bin Taib
  9. (2012) Application of GIS in Urban Crime Prevention, Faizah binti Md. Latif
  2. (2012) Urban Youth s Recreational Behavior and Its Relationship with Refractive Error and Body Mass Index, Dwi Rizka Zulkia


Bachelor/First Degree
  1. (2021) BID1007 - Community Development Planning
  2. (2021) BID2001 - Planning Studio III - City Centre Study
  3. (2021) BID4002 - Urban Management


  • Pedestrian Safety and Accessibility Audit - Pedestrian Questionnaire
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