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Transportation as A Language

Is travel simply a mandane daily chore? Or may it convery a higher meaning? Surveying aspects of one's life: dining, clothing, sheltering and travelling, all have an element of utility and an element of vanity. In contrast to its usual technical perception, we see transportation as a rich language to describe a personcharacterize a city and understand an institution.

  • To describe a person

Pride, vanity, dependence, environmental commitment, peer pressure, social status, cool personality, respect of the rule of law,...

Related work:

    • Jinhua Zhao (2009) Preference Accommodating and Preference Shaping — Incorporating Traveler Preferences into Transportation Planning, PhD Dissertation, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT Jinhua Zhao and J. Lee (2013) Experience or Memory: Happiness of Commuting, Transportation Research Board 92nd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
    • Campbell, R. and J. Zhao (2013) Prestige on Wheels: Beijinger Life Aspirations and Implications for Transportation Planning, Transportation Research Board 92nd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. 
    • Zhan Zhao (2013) Master of Applied Science Thesis, UBC, Structure of Car Pride and Car Dependence, onging 
    • Zak Bennett (2013) Master of Arts in Planning Thesis, UBC, Value, Aspiration, and Policy: How (and Why) Tomorrow’s Middle Class Moves, ongoing
    • Curro, M. and Jinhua Zhao (2012) Senior’s Driving Cessation: A Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Cultural Perspective. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Cincinnati, OH
  • To characterize a city

Openness of city, efficiency vs. equity orientation, quality of urban governance, balance between car industry and congestion,...

Related work:

    • Zhao, J., T. Chen and D. Block-Schachter (2013) Superficial Fairness of Beijing’s Car License Lottery Policy, working paper
  • To understand an institution

Public participation, power devolution, spirit of experiment, attitude towards migrant workers,...

Related work:

    • Zhao, J., D. Block-Schachter and T. Chen (2013) Purposeful Policy Leakage: Legitimacy and Intentionality of Non Local Vehicles in Shanghai, working paper 
    • Jinhua Zhao and Marisol Castro (2013) Price as a Signal for Policy Adjustment: Shanghai Responds to the Public