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Qing Shen

Departmental Faculty

Qing Shen, MA, PhD
Chair, Department of Urban Design and Planning
Professor, Urban Design and Planning


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Office: 410D Gould Hall
Phone: (206) 685-3937
UDP Main Office: (206) 543-4190
Fax: (206) 685-9597
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University of Washington
Box 355740
Department of Urban Design and Planning
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
Street Address:
3949 15th Ave NE
410D Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

Professor Shen’s research interests center on understanding changes in the spatial organization of cities, their socioeconomic and environmental impacts, and their implications for urban transportation planning and policymaking. Over the past fifteen years he has developed new methodological frameworks for analyzing urban spatial structure, examined the social consequences of automobile-oriented metropolitan development, and investigated the differential impacts of information and communication technologies on various population groups. His current work focuses primarily on the connections between the built environment, travel behavior, and energy consumption and emissions. In addition, he is engaged in collaborative research on urban land use and transportation development strategies in China with colleagues at Tongji University, where he holds a visiting position as Tongji Chair Professor. Professor Shen was educated in China (Zhejiang University), Canada (University of British Columbia) and the United States (University of California, Berkeley, where in 1993 he earned a PhD in City and Regional Planning). He taught at MIT and University of Maryland before joining University of Washington in 2009. A highly active member of the academic community, he has served on the editorial boards of six academic journals, including Journal of the American Planning Association and Journal of Planning Education and Research. He was a primary founder and former Chairman of the International Association for China Planning (IACP).

Selected Publications

Grengs, J., J. Levine, Q. Shen, and Q. Y. Shen. 2010. Intermetropolitan Comparison of Transportation Accessibility: San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 427-443.

Pan, H. X., Q. Shen, and S. Xue. 2010. Intermodal Transfer between Bicycles and Rail Transit in Shanghai, China. Transportation Research Record, No. 2144, pp. 181-188.

Pan, H. X., Q. Shen, and M. Zhang. 2009. Influence of Urban Form on Travel Behaviour in Four Neighbourhoods of Shanghai. Urban Studies, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 275-294.

Zhang, F., Q. Shen, and K. Clifton. 2008. An Examination of Traveler Responses to Real-time Bus Arrival Information Using Panel Data. Transportation Research Record, No. 2082, pp. 107-115.

Shen, Q. and F. Zhang. 2007. Land Use Changes in a Pro-Smart Growth State: Maryland, USA. Environment and Planning A, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 1457-1477.

Kawabata, M. and Q. Shen. 2007. Commuting Inequality between Car and Public Transit: A Case Study of the San Francisco Bay Area, 1990-2000. Urban Studies, Vol. 44, No. 9, pp. 1759-1780.

Kawabata, M. and Q. Shen. 2006. Job Accessibility as an Indicator of Auto-oriented Urban Structure: A Comparison of Boston and Los Angeles with Tokyo. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp.115-130.

Shen, Q. and T. W. Sanchez. 2005. Residential Location, Transportation, and Welfare-to-Work in the United States: A Case Study of Milwaukee. Housing Policy Debate, Vol. 16, No. 3/4, pp. 393-431.

Dawkins, C., Q. Shen, and T. W. Sanchez. 2005. Race, Space, and Unemployment Duration. Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 58, No. 1, pp. 91-113.

Shen, Q. 2003. Updating Spatial Perspectives and Analytical Frameworks in Urban Research, in Spatially Integrated Social Science, edited by M. Goodchild and D. Janelle. London: Oxford University Press. Chapter 13, pp. 263-279.

Shen, Q. 2001. A Spatial Analysis of Job Openings and Access in a U.S. Metropolitan Area. Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 67, No. 1, pp. 53-68.

Shen, Q. 2000. New Telecommunications and Residential Location Flexibility. Environment and Planning A, Vol. 32, No. 8, pp. 1445-1463.

Shen, Q. 2000. An Approach to Representing the Spatial Structure of the Information Society. Urban Geography, Vol. 21, No. 6, pp. 543-560.

Shen, Q. 2000. Spatial and Social Dimensions of Commuting. Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 66, No. 1, pp. 68-82.

Shen, Q. 1999. Transportation, Telecommunications, and the Changing Geography of Opportunity. Urban Geography, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 334-355.

Shen, Q. 1998. Location Characteristics of Inner-City Neighborhoods and Employment Accessibility of Low-Wage Workers. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 345-365.

Shen, Q. 1997. Urban Transportation in Shanghai, China: Problems and Planning Implications. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 589-606.

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