Yizhao Yang

Yizhao YangAssociate Professor
Department of Planning, Public Policy & Management
1209 University of Oregon
115 Hendricks Hall
Eugene, OR  97403-1209
Appointed to A&AA Academic Affairs Committee Fall 07-Spring 08
Phone:  (541) 346-0833
Email:  yizhao@uoregon.edu

Education

Ph.D. (City and Regional Planning), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2007)
M.R.P (City and Regional Planning), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2001)
M.S. (Building Science), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (1998)
B. Arch (Architecture) Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, (1995)

Summary of Interests

  • Environment-people relationship—Using residential satisfaction and perception to evaluate the impacts of land use patterns and urban design characteristics on residents’ wellbeing;
  • Environment-behavior relationship—Understanding the impacts of the built environment on people’s behavior, especially physical activities and children’s school travel;
  • Understanding how place-making knowledge and practices can be transferrable between different cultures and countries.

TEACHING

Courses Taught

Subject matter

Land use planning and growth management (PPPM440/540)
Sustainable Urban development (PPPM442/542)
Plan-making: Scenario Planning (PPPM408/508)

Methods

Planning Analysis II: spatial analysis (PPPM614) (graduate core course)
Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems (PPPM434/534) (undergraduate core course)

China-focused Courses

China’s urbanization and housing policy reform (PPPM326) (in Mandarin, for the University of
     Oregon’s Chinese Flagship Program).
Sustainable urban development in China (PPPM199) (in Mandarin, for the University of Oregon’s
     Chinese Flagship Program, permanent content course, will become an online course in 2014).
Eco-city Development in China (Study Abroad Program, approved, schedule for summer 2014).

FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS

2012-2013 “Promoting active travel by making it ‘cool’: a quasi-experiment research using Boltage”, Phase II, National Institute of Transportation and Community (PI, $98,960)

2011-2012 “Promoting active travel by making it ‘cool’: a quasi-experiment research using Boltage”, Oregon Transportation and Research Consortium (PI, $149,600)

2011-2012 “Garden City Planning and Design in China”, Stein Institute, Cornell University (PI, $7,000)

2011 Summer    “Learning from the West - Assessing Sustainable Urban Development in Chinese Planning Literature and Practice”, University of Oregon, Summer Faculty Research Grant. (PI, $5500)

2011-2012 “Assessing the Impacts of China’s Affordable Housing Policy using Residential Satisfaction-based Methodology: a case study of Beijing”, Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy (PLC). (PI, $10,000)

2011-2013 “Federal Safe Routes to School Program: Multi-State Evaluation and National Evaluation Framework”, Active Living Research, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (co-PI, $55,935)

2010 Summer “Urban planning in China: does it work for urban sustainability” (PI, $1,500), Global Scholar Program, University of Oregon

2010-2011 “The Effectiveness of Safe Routes to School Interventions”, Active Living Research, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (co-PI, $95,188)

2008-2009 “Travel Behavior, Residential Preference, and Urban Design: A Multi-Disciplinary National Analysis” Oregon Transportation and Research Consortium (co-PI, $140,000).

2008-2009 “Understanding People-Environment Fit in the Planning for Urbanism”, School of Architecture &Allied Arts Dean’s Award for Faculty research, University of Oregon (PI, $4,500)

2008-2009 “The Built Environment, Social Justice, and Gender: a longitudinal study of the housing conditions of single-mother headed households in Portland Metropolitan Region.” Faculty Research Grant, Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon (PI, $6,000)

2007-2008 “Understanding school travel: how residential location choice and the built environment affect trips to school”, Oregon Transportation and Research Consortium (PI, $75,000).

Other Research Projects (serving as consultant)

2010-2012  “Housing and Neighborhood Quality: Children's Mental Health and Physiological Stress”, Project led by Dr. Gary Evans and Dr. Nancy Wells, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ($300,000).

2010-2012 “Governance and Institutional Mechanisms of Low-Carbon Urban Development in China: Theoretical Exploration and Empirical Evidence”.  Project led by Dr. Zhilin Liu, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University,  Beijing, China. Junior Scholar Independent Research Grant, Tsinghua University (RMB 200,000).

2008-2011 “Low-Income Housing Dilemma in Transitional Urban China: Spatial Outcomes, Spatial Process, and Institutional Interpretation”, Project led by Dr. Zhilin Liu, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University,  Beijing, China.  National Natural Science Foundation of China. (RMB170,000).

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed (Published)

Kim, J., R. Steiner, and Y. Yang. The evolution of transportation concurrency and urban development pattern in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Urban Affairs Review. (forthcoming)

Yang, Y., and K. O'Neill*. Understanding factors affecting people’s attitude toward living in compact and mixed-use environments, a case study of a New Urbanist Project in Eugene, OR. Journal of Urbanism. Published online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17549175.2013.827 DOI: 10.1080/17549175.2013.82758

Note:  * Masters student advisee

Yang, Y., and J. Stockard. 2013. Do smart-growth environments benefit single mothers? Evidence from 30 MSAs using the American Housing Survey Data. Journal of Planning Education and Research 33 (4):411-426.

McDonald, N., Y. Yang, S. Abbott, and A. Bullock. 2013. Impact of the Safe Routs to School program on walking and biking: Eugene, Oregon study. Transport Policy 29:243-248.

Chen, L.*, W. Zhang, Y. Yang, and J. Yu. 2013. Disparities in residential environment and satisfaction among urban residents in Dalian, China. Habitat International 40:100-108.

Note:  * visiting Ph.D. student advisee

Yang, Y., S. Abbott, and M. Schlossberg. 2012. The influence of school choice policy on active school commuting: A case study of a middle-sized school district in Oregon. Environment and Planning: A 44 (8):1856-1874.

Note:  * Masters student advisee

Yang, Y., and W. Markowitz.* 2012. Integrating parental attitudes in research on children’s school travel. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (2318):116-127.

Note:  * Ph.D. student advisee

Yang, Y., B. Johnson, S. Fukahori, B. Parker, and M. Schlossberg. 2011. Where to live and how to get to school: connecting residential location choice and school travel mode choice. In School Siting and Healthy Communities: Why Where We Invest in School Facilities Matters, edited by E. Miles and M. Gibson. pp165-183. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Wells, N., G. Evans, and Y. Yang. 2010. Planning decisions as public health decisions. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 27 (2):124-143.

Yang, Y. 2008. A tale of two cities: physical form and neighborhood satisfaction in metropolitan Portland and Charlotte. Journal of the American Planning Association 74 (3):307-323.

Wells, N., and Y. Yang. 2008. Neighborhood design and physical activity: A quasi-experimental longitudinal study of low-income southern women moving to neotraditional or suburban neighborhoods. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 34 (4):313-319.

Note:  equal authorship between Drs. Wells and Yang. See letter from Dr. Wells.

Wells, N., M. Ashdown, E. Davies, and F. Cowett. 2007. Environment, design, and obesity: Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative research. Environment and Behavior 39 (1):6-33.

Esnard, Ann-Margaret and Yang, Y 2002. “Descriptive and comparative studies of 1990 urban extent data for the New York metropolitan region”, Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, 14(1):57-62.

Peer-Reviewed (Under Review)

Yang, Y. W. Zhang, & Z. Liu, “Determinants of housing satisfaction in China: Does housing access types matter?” (revise and resubmit, Urban Studies)

Yang, Y. and D. Ruggeri. “Eco-cities in Europe and China - The traveling and adaptation of an urban development paradigm” (under review, Habitat International)

  Tang, P. and Y. Yang, “Assessing the applicability of urban growth boundaries in China”, (under review, City Planning Review).
  (in Chinese)

Peer-Reviewed (In Preparation)

Yang, Y and S. Abbott*. “Determinants of subjective neighborhood walkability in the context of school travel”. (in preparation, for Environment and Behavior)

            Note:  * Masters student advisee

Yang, Y and N. Zhao*. “Garden City Planning in China: a case study of Chengdu City’s International Garden City Plan”. (in preparation, for Journal of the American Planning Association).

Note:  * Masters student advisee

Other Publications

  • Working Paper, Book Chapter, etc

Yang, Y. J. Rodenbiker*, & Z. Liu. “Contemporary Urbanism in China”, book chapter for “A Companion to Urban Architecture”, Wiley-Blackwell. (forthcoming, 2014).

Note: * masters student advisee

Hu, J. Y. Yang and J. Rodenbiker, “Shan-Shui City Shan-shui City: LvShun New Harbor City Landscape Planning and Design.” Conference proceedings of the 2012 International Federation of  Landscape Architects Asia-Pacific Region Conference.  Shanghai, China. October 22-24, 2012.

 Note: * masters student advisee

Yang, Y. W. Zhang, & Z. Liu, “Does Market-based Housing offer Higher Housing Satisfaction to Urban Residents than other Housing Access in China? Evidence from the 2005 Beijing Livable City Evaluation Survey”. Working Paper, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2012. http://www.lincolninst.edu/pubs/PubDetail.aspx?pubid=2269

Yang, Y. The Built Environment, Social Justice and Gender, A study of the housing conditions of single-mother headed households in the Portland Metropolitan Region using 1995 and 2002 American Housing Survey Data”. Research Matters, Fall 2010, Center for the Studies of Women in Society, University of Oregon. https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1794/10945/CSWS_RM_fall%202010.pdf
  • Professional Reports

Yang, Y. and L. Yao, “Using residential satisfaction methodology to evaluate housing policy reform in urban China”, Report prepared for Lincoln Land Institute, Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy (PLC). December, 2012

Yang, Y. and J. Rodenbiker, “Building Shan-Shui Cities in Contemporary Urban China: Historical Evolution and Modern Re-Interpretation”, Report prepared for Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning and Design Institute. October, 2012

Yang, Y. and D. Chisholm, “Sustainable Urbanization Indicators: A review of International Experience and A Suggested Methodology”. Report prepared for National Development and Reform Commission, People’s Republic of China, commissioned by Unban China Initiative. June, 2012.

Greene, J. N. Larco, Y. Yang, and M. Schlossberg “Travel Behavior, Residential Preference, and Urban Design: A Multi-Disciplinary National Analysis, Final report, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium. OTREC-RR-11-04.

Yang, Y. M. Schlossberg, R. Parker, B. Johnson, Understanding school travel: how location choice and the built environment affect trips to school. Final report, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium. OTREC-RR-10-01.

 

Current Curriculum Vita (PDF)

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