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 person, characterize a city and understand an institution.
Pride, vanity, dependence, environmental commitment, peer pressure, social status, cool personality, respect of the rule of law,...
- 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,...
- 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,...
- 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