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Sustaining Personal Mobility in Urbanizing China, April 04, 2012

April 4, 12.30-2 PM, Room 9-354 | Speaker: Jiawen Yang
Sustaining Personal Mobility in Urbanizing China | Discussant: Joseph Ferreira

Dr. Jiawen Yang is an assistant professor in the School of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was a 2009 recipient of international research fellow from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of China Planning, a non-profit organization promoting intellectual exchange on China’s urban development and planning. Dr. Yang holds BS and MS degrees from China’s Peking University. He received Ph.D. degree from MIT DUSP in 2005. Since then, his research has focused on urban transportation and spatial planning. He has particularly examined macro-scale transportation and land development issues in the context of metropolitan planning and governance, in both USA and China. His recent research activities include a collaborative research effort with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on public health and built-environment changes in USA metropolitan areas, and a project on China’s railway investment and regional development. His recent publications include two forthcoming articles for the Journal of American Planning Association and Urban Studies. Dr. Yang has also consulted domestically and internationally. His recent activities include Ford Motor Company’s workshop of Future Personal Mobility in China and Asian Development Bank’s project of Developing Sector Road Maps for Central and West Asia.


China’s massive population, high density and fast economic development produce huge demand for transportation investment. For now, megacities in China are congested by cars, choked with air pollutants and constrained by housing affordability. How to sustain city and regional mobility in the ever-expanding and high-density megacities or megaregions are utmost challenges calling for innovative solutions. Will it be effective to add fixed guideway transit to the pre-existing regional highway network? How might the interest of city governments, provincial governments and central government fit each other and shape a large-scale railway investment strategy? What is its implication for future personal mobility?  Please join us for more perspectives and insights on this topic.

China Urban Development Discussion Series in Spring 2012 is cosponsored by: Department of Urban Studies and Planning in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, MIT Graduate Student Life Grants, and MIT Graduate Student Council. For more information, please visit our website . Our seminars are free and open to the public.

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