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Qing Shen

Departmental Faculty

Qing Shen, MA, PhD
Professor, Urban Design and Planning
Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


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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:
3950 University Way 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. 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 as Professor and Department Chair. 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).


Ph.D. In City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley (1993)
M.A. in Urban Planning at the University of British Columbia, Canada (1986)
B.A. in Architecture at Zhejiang University, China (1982)

Selected Publications

Wang, X. G., C. Liu, L. Kostyniuk, Q. Shen, and S. Bao. 2014. Influence of Street Environments on Fuel Efficiency: Insights from Naturalistic Driving. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology.

Hong, J. H. Q. Shen, and L. Zhang. 2014. How Do Built-Environment Factors Affect Travel Behavior? A Spatial Analysis at Different Geographic Scales. Transportation, Vol. 41, No. 3, pp. 419-440.

Pan, H. X., Q. Shen, and T. Zhao. 2013. Travel and Car Ownership of Residents near New Suburban Metro Stations in Shanghai. Transportation Research Record, No. 2394, pp. 63-69.

Hong, J. H. and Q. Shen, 2013. Residential Density and Transportation Emissions: Examining the Connection by Addressing Spatial Autocorrelation and Self-selection. Transportation Research, Part D, Vol. 22, pp. 75-79.

Zhang, L., J. H. Hong, A. Nasri, and Q. Shen. 2012. How Built Environment Affects Travel Behavior: A Comparative Analysis of the Connections between Land Use and Vehicle Miles Traveled in U.S. Cities. Journal of Transport and Land Use, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 40-52.

Levine, J., J. Grengs, Q. Y. Shen, and Q. Shen. 2012. Does Accessibility Require Density or Speed? A Comparison of Fast versus Close in Getting Where You Want to Go in U.S. Metropolitan Regions. Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 78, No. 2, pp. 157-172.

Yang, J. W., Q. Shen, J. Z. Shen, and C. F. He. 2012. Transportation Impacts of Clustered Development in Beijing: Compact Development versus Over-concentration. Urban Studies, Vol. 49, No. 6, pp. 1315-1331.

Rowe, D. H., C-H C. Bae, and Q. Shen. 2011. Evaluating the Impact of Transit Service on Parking Demand and Requirements. Transportation Research Record, No. 2245, pp. 56-62.

Pan, H. X., Q. Shen, and C. Liu. 2011. Transit Oriented Development at Urban Periphery: Insights from a Shanghai Case Study. Transportation Research Record, No. 2245, pp. 95-102.

Liu, C. and Q. Shen. 2011. An Empirical Analysis of the Influence of Urban Form on Household Travel and Energy Consumption. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Vol. 35, No. 5, pp. 347-357.

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.

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 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.

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