Clean Air and Green Travel

Air pollution, as a byproduct of urbanization and motorization, has become a major cause of the deterioration of urban quality of life in many developing countries. This practicum, with the Municipal Transportation Bureau of a Chinese city as our client, will fully embrace the emerging technology and behavioral science to design high-quality, evidence-based green transportation development plans for Zhengzhou city. 

Five topics for students to choose from based on their interests and skill sets:

  • Sensing the air quality: conduct on-site monitoring to understand the impacts of air pollution on health and economic activity from a micro-perspective. 
  • Green nudge policy: integrate behavioral economics concepts to design and test out soft policy instruments that influence people's attitudes and decision-making processes.
  • Bike-sharing systems: analyze how non-motorized micro-mobility can be integrated into large urban mobility schemes on a dual (dock vs dockless) system context.
  • Autonomous vehicles: explore obstacles and propose strategies of how AV can be integrated into  urban design and transportation management schemes.
  • Transit-oriented development: model how the links between public transportation and land use can benefit both transit usage and urban development.