Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Jinhua Zhao is the Edward H. and Joyce Linde Assistant Professor of City and Transportation Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Prof. Zhao brings behavioral science and transportation technology together to shape travel behavior, design mobility systems, and improve transportation policies, including
He applies this framework to managing automobile ownership and usage, optimizing public transit planning and operation, promoting active modes of walking and cycling, and designing multimodal urban mobility system. Prof. Zhao has been working with London, Chicago, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore to 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. He aims to establish the behavioral foundation for transport policies.Prof. Zhao directs the JTL Urban Mobility Lab and co-directs the Transit Lab at MIT. He holds Master of Science, Master of City Planning and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and a Bachelor's degree from Tongji University. He very much enjoys working with students.