Jinhua Zhao

Jinhua Zhao is the Edward H. and Joyce Linde Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at DUSP. He holds Master of Science, Master of City Planning and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and a Bachelor's degree from Tongji University. He studies i. the behavioral foundation for transport policies, ii. public transit management using information technology, and iii. China’s urbanization and urban mobility. Prof. Zhao has been working with London, Chicago, Boston, Vancouver, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore to help improve their urban transportation systems and policies. He sees transportation as a language, to describe a person, to characterize a city, and to understand an institution. Prof. Zhao directs the urban mobility research lab JTL and is the co-PI for the Transit Lab at MIT. He very much enjoys working with students.

Clusters of Research and Teaching Projects

Behavioral Foundation for Transport Policies

Emotional Travel: Pride, Dependence and Social Bias

Transport Policy: Fairness, Acceptance and Compliance

Data Analytics in Urban Transportation

Urbanizing China: A Reflective Dialog

High Speed Rail, Accessibility and Agglomeration

Managing Cars in Chinese Mega Cities

Ten JTL students presenting at TRB 2016


2003 - 2009
2002 - 2004
Master of Science in Transportation, MIT
2001 - 2004
Master of City Planning, MIT
1996 - 2001
Bachelor of Engineering in Planning, Tongji University

Academic Experience

2013 - Present
Assistant Professor, MIT
2010 - 2013
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia