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
Car Pride: Psychological Structure and Behavioral Implications." (Submitted). "
Capacity Constrained Accessibility of High-Speed Rail." Transportation (2015). "
Shaping Rapidly Growing Chinese Cities: Lessons in the Behavioural Impacts of Transport Finance Choices." Improving Urban Access: New Approaches to Funding Transport Investment. Routledge, 2016.
Hysteresis and Urban Rail: The Effects of Past Urban Rail on Current Residential and Travel Choices." European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research. 15.1 (2015). "
Unified estimator for excess journey time: under heterogeneous passenger incidence behavior using smartcard data." Transportation Research Part C. 34 (2013). "
Bidding to Drive: Car License Auction Policy in Shanghai and Its Public Acceptance." Transport Policy. 27.May 2013 (2012). "
A Subjective Measure of Car Dependence." Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2231 (2011). "
Estimating a Rail Passenger Trip Origin-Destination Matrix Using Automatic Data Collection Systems." Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. 22.5 (2007). "
2003 - 2009PhD, MIT
2002 - 2004Master of Science in Transportation, MIT
2001 - 2004Master of City Planning, MIT
1996 - 2001Bachelor of Engineering in Planning, Tongji University
2013 - PresentAssistant Professor, MIT
2010 - 2013Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia