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Dr. P.Y. Zhu 朱鵬宇 助理教授

BEng, M.S. Nanjing; PhD USA; M.S. Auburn; GC(GIS), PhD South California
Assistant Professor

Office: 812
Phone: +852 3917-7460
Email: brianzhu@hku.hk

Bio

Dr. Pengyu Zhu joined the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Hong Kong in January 2017. Prior to that, Dr. Zhu has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Boise State University since August 2011. Dr. Zhu received his Ph.D. in Policy, Planning and Development from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at University of Southern California in 2011. He has taught courses on transportation and land use, transportation economics, economics applications to planning and policy, quantitative research methods, and urban design and site plan studios.

To date, his work has been published in major academic journals such as Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Annals of Regional Sciences, Transportation, Transportation Research Part D, Urban Geography, Cities, Regional Science and Urban Economics, and International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. Moreover, his instrumental work has been highlighted in an array of major scientific media such as Wall Street Journal, Slate Magazine, CityLab, Per Square Mile, and Reason Foundation. In January and February 2017, Dr. Zhu was ranked the top 5% and 3% of researchers on Academia.edu by 30-day views of his research articles. From 2013-2017, Dr. Zhu I have received over $200,000 in research grants. Due to his exceptional work in the field of Regional Science, Dr. Zhu was awarded the 25th Charles M. Tiebout Prize in Regional Science in 2011 and the Regional Science Springer Prize in 2014.

Research Interests

Dr. Zhu's research focuses on the Transportation-- Land Use-- Economic Development nexus, including:

  1. Travel Behavior (including automobile, transit, non-motorized transportation modes, and telecommuting), Location Choice, and Associated Implications for Economic, Environmental and Health Issues;

  2. Links between Transportation and Economic Development (e.g. mobility, accessibility and labor market success; transportation finance and the economic impact of transportation infrastructure; impact of e-commerce on travel demand);

  3. Using Big Data to Inform Transportation Planning Decisions;

  4. International Development Issues (e.g. urbanization in developing countries; high-speed rail and urban development in China).
Selected Research Publications

2015, Zhu, P. (PI), Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC): RMB 572,000 (or $95,000), for "Affordable Housing Policy in China and its impact on the Job-Housing Mismatch of Low-income People." (Jan. 2016 – Dec. 2019). (Project Approval Number: 71573232)

2014, Zhu, P. (PI), Boise State University College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Research Fellow Grant: $5000, for "Low-income Housing Policy in China and its Economic Impact on Low-income Households." (May. 2014 - August 2014).

2013, Zhu, P. (PI), Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Young Faculty Early Career Development Program: RMB 220,000 (or $36,667), for "Research on Employment and Housing of Migrant workers in Urbanizing China." (Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2016). (Project Approval Number: 71303214).

2013, Zhu, P. (PI), Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province, China: RMB 60,000 (or $10,000), for "Employment and Housing Status of Migrant workers in Zhejiang Province." (Jan. 2013 – Dec. 2015). (Contract Number: LY13G030007).

2012, Zhu, P. (PI), Lincoln Institute-Peking University Center for Urban Development and Land Policy Research Grant: $10,500, for "Spatial Mismatch in Fast-urbanizing Regions in China: Job Accessibility, Residential Segregation and Economic Outcomes of Migrant Workers." (Oct. 2012 - Aug. 2013).

2011, Zhu, P. (Co-PI), Boise State University Career Center ($80,000), with Debbie Kaylor (PI), Phil Gardner, Eric Landrum, Susan G. Mason, and John Van Dyke, for "Collegiate Employment/Workforce Readiness Research--Survey and analysis of workforce needs, trends and clusters in the Boise region." (Aug. 2011 - May 2013).

2011, Zhu, P. (PI), Boise State Univ. College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Research Fellow Grant: $5000, for "Spatial Mismatch and the Economic Outcomes of Rural Migrants in China." (Aug. 2011 - July 2012).

2010, Zhu, P. (PI), USC U.S.–China Institute (USCI) Summer Research Grant: $4000, for "Spatial Mismatch and the Well-being of Rural Migrants in Guangzhou, China".

2008, Zhu, P. (PI), USC U.S.–China Institute (USCI) Summer Research Grant: $3000, for "Property Rights, Land Speculation, and Urban Sprawl--a Comparative Study of U.S. and China".

Selected Research Projects

Pengyu Zhu, Songnian Zhao, Liping Wang and Salem Al Yammahi (2017). Residential Segregation and Commuting Patterns of Migrant Workers in China. Transportation Research Part D. (Accepted and forthcoming).

Susan G. Mason, Pengyu Zhu and John Van Dyke (2017). Regional Industry Analysis: An Approach for Economies Small and Large. Economic Development Quarterly. (Accepted and forthcoming)

Wang, Hui, Pengyu Zhu (corresponding author), Xiao Chen, Sarah Swider. (2017). Land Expropriation in Urbanization China: an Examination of Negotiations and Compensation. Urban Geography. 38(3), 401-419. DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2016.1154413

Zhu, Pengyu (2016). Residential Segregation and Employment Outcomes of Rural Migrant Workers in China. Urban Studies. 53(8), 1635–1656. (Springer Prize Winning Paper)

Danlei Zhang, Pengyu Zhu and Yanmei Ye (2016). The Effects of E-commerce on the Demand for Commercial Real Estate. Cities. 51: 106-120. doi:10.1016/j.cities.2015.11.012 (First author is my student).

Zhu, Pengyu, Tao Yu, Zhao Chen (2015). High-speed Rail and Urban Decentralization in China. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2475: 16-26. DOI: 10.3141/2475-03

Dong, Hongwei and Pengyu Zhu (2015). Smart Growth in Two Contrastive Metropolitan Areas: A Comparison between Portland and Los Angeles. Urban Studies. 52(4), 775–792.

Zhu, Pengyu and Susan G. Mason (2014). The Impact of Telecommuting on Personal Vehicle Usage and Environmental Sustainability. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. 11(8), 2185-2200.

Zhu, Pengyu, Cathy Y. Liu and Gary D. Painter (2014). Does Residence in an Ethnic Community Help Immigrants in a Recession? Regional Science and Urban Economics. 47:112-127. (Invited paper for a special issue in Regional Science and Urban Economics, for honoring John Quigley's contributions to urban economics.)

Shi, Yidan and Pengyu Zhu (Corresponding Author) (2014). The Impact of Organizational Aging and Political Connection on Organization Technology Innovation: an Empirical Study of IT Industry and Pharmaceutical Industry in China. Asian Journal of Technology Innovation. 22(2), 234-251. (First author is my student).

Zhu, Pengyu (2013). Telecommuting, Household Commute and Location Choice. Urban Studies. 50(12), 2441–2459.

Zhu, Pengyu and Jeffrey Brown (2013). Donor States and Donee States: An Investigation of Geographic Redistribution in the U.S. Federal Highway Program 1974-2008. Transportation. 40(1), 203-227.

Zhu, Pengyu , Hongwei Dong and Cifang Wu* (2013). Do residents of smart growth neighborhoods in Los Angeles travel "smarter"? Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2397: 61-71.

Zhu, Pengyu (2012). Are Telecommuting and Personal Travel Complements or Substitutes? Annals of Regional Science. 48(2), 619-639.

Zhu, Pengyu and Yaoqi Zhang (2008). Demand for Urban Forests in United States Cities. Landscape and Urban Planning. 84(3-4), 293-300.

Courses
GEOG2078 6 credits Urban Geography
GEOG4102 6 credits Transportation Economics (to be offered in 2017-18)
MGPP6550 6 credits Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
Awards

2014, Regional Science Springer Prize, for outstanding paper in the field of Regional Science
2014, Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (financed by the European Commission)
2011, the 25th Charles M. Tiebout Prize in Regional Science
2007, University of Southern California, School of Policy, Planning and Development Fellowship