Humphrey School course held in China in May

Humphrey School Associate Professor Yingling Fan will lead a course to China in May. Sixteen students from the School's MSTEP, MURP, MDP, and MURP degree programs will study urban planning in (Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong.  Dr. Sherry Gray will assist with the course and travel with the group.

PA 5880 Global Cities, China: Urban and Regional Planning in the Yangtze & Pearl River Delta Regions

China is home to the world’s largest urban population. How Chinese cities can satisfy the mobility and accessibility needs of a growing urban population is a critical question that affects every aspect of urban planning, from affordable housing provision to parking management. The Humphrey School will offer an intensive 2-week study abroad course in summer 2017 focusing on urban planning practices and emerging mobility and accessibility issues in the fast growing and wealthy regions of the Yangtze River and Pearl River delta regions. These two regions are at the center of Chinese economic development, surpassing other areas in China in terms of economic growth, productivity, and per capita income. Lectures and field experiences in the two regions will provides students unique opportunities to explore urban growth patterns, housing and infrastructure challenges, and state-of-the-art transportation planning practices in two of the most densely populated regions on earth.

Yingling Fan is an associate professor in the regional planning and policy area who works interdisciplinarily in the fields of land use, transportation, social equity, and public health. Her overarching research goal is to investigate the impacts of spatial planning (e.g., land use, growth management, and transit improvements) on human activities and movements as well as to understand the health and social aspects of such impacts. To this end, her research combines ecological and behavioral analyses, most quantitatively, as a means of addressing urban sustainability challenges.

Fan has published her work in various urban planning and transportation research journals. Her recent projects include investigating the impact of urban form on health disparities, the role of neighborhood and family structure in influencing leisure-time activity patterns, and the impact of transit corridor improvements on job accessibility and neighborhood change.

She holds the title McKnight Land-Grant Professor—a special award that recognizes and honors the University of Minnesota’s most promising junior faculty. Fan recently received the Collaborator of the Year Award from the Hennepin County-University Partnership, the Scholar Award from the Children, Youth and Family Consortium at the University of Minnesota, the Best Paper Award from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Pedestrian Committee, and the TRB Patricia F. Waller Award.

She holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in Transportation Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China.
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