Zhengzhen Tan

MIT Sustainable Urbanization Lab’s research focuses on establishing the behavioral foundations for urban and environmental planning and policies aimed at sustainable urbanization. It also mobilizes the research and education resources of MIT and foster inter-disciplinary innovative work on sustainable urbanization. Zhengzhen’s research and teaching expertise is focused on the transitioning urbanization, digital innovation and entrepreneurship, digital transformation in real estate sector. She is the editor of “Towards Urban Vibrancy: Patterns and Practices of Asia’s New Cities” (MIT SA+P Press, 2020), and the author of the digital cities chapter in this book. She is also the director of MIT-Tsinghua Future City Innovation, which is MIT’s first entrepreneurship education program with a focus on the urban tech sector. She is now teaching two MIT courses in School of Architecture and Planning, and the Sloan School. Before joining MIT, Zhengzhen was an urban planner and urban designer with extensive practice in both public and private sector around in Shanghai, Singapore, London and Vancouver. She got her bachelor degree from Department of Urban Planning, Tongji University , Shanghai and her master degree from Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore.