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Qing Shen

Qing Shen

Professor

Qing Shen is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Urban Design and Planning at University of Washington. He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from University of California, Berkeley. His primary areas of interest are urban economics and metropolitan transportation planning and policy. Author of numerous scholarly publications, Professor Shen 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 research focuses primarily on the connections between the built environment, travel behavior, and energy consumption and emissions. His work has been recognized by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) with a Horwood Critique Prize, by the Association of American Geographers (AAG) with an Emerging Scholar Paper Award in spatial analysis and modeling specialty, by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) with a Chester Rapkin Award, and by the World Society of Transportation and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) with a Best Paper Award. Professor Shen was educated in China (Zhejiang University), Canada (University of British Columbia) and the United States. Before joining the University of Washington as Professor and Department Chair in 2009, he was Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park. He started his academic career at MIT as an assistant professor in 1993 and was promoted to associate professor in 1999. He was appointed in 2005 by Nanjing University as the first holder of Siyuan Chair Professorship, an endowed visiting position, and in 2009 by Tongji University as a Tongji Chair Professor. In 2014, he was appointed by the President of Southwest Jiaotong University in China as the Oversea Dean of the School of Architecture and Design, a visiting advisory position. A highly active member of the academic community, Professor Shen 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).