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Na Chen

Title: Asst Professor
Office: 6201 Daa Addition
Tel: 513-556-4212
Email: na.chen@uc.edu

Dr. Na Chen is an assistant professor in School of Planning, College of DAAP, at University of Cincinnati. She received her B.A degree in Public Policy from Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, in 2008, the M.A. degrees in Community Planning and Public Administration from Auburn University, AL, in 2011, and Ph.D. degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University, OH, in 2016. After she received her Ph.D. degree, she worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar in Department of Technology Management at University of California, Santa Cruz, CA. 

Her research interests include travel demand forecasting, activity-based travel behavior analysis, accessibility, activity space, transportation equity and policy, transportation and land-use planning, spatial data analysis and Geographic Information System (GIS) applications for urban planning. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented relevant studies and researches in international conferences.

Dr. Chen’s teaching interests cover transportation planning and policy, travel demand modeling and network analysis, policy evaluation, quantitative and statistical methods for planning and spatial econometrics.

Education

  • PhD, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA, 2016 (City and Regional Planning).
  • MCP, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA, 2011 (Community Planning).
  • MPA, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA, 2011 (Public Administration).
  • BA, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, 2008 (Public Policy).

Research Information

Research Interests

Travel demand forecasting 
Transportation and land-use planning
Travel behavior modeling
Accessibility
Activity space
Transportation equity
Land-use modeling
Spatial data analysis

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Na Chen, Chih-Hao Wang, and Gulsah Akar (2017). A Geographically Weighted Regression Approach to Investigate The Spatial Variations In Activity Space. Transportation Research Record, 2671, 40-50.
  • Chih-Hao Wang and Na Chen (2017). A Geographically Weighted Regression Approach to Investigating the Spatially Varied Built-environment Effects on Community Opportunity. Journal of Transport Geography, 62, 136-147.
  • Chih-Hao Wang, Na Chen, and Shih-Liang Chan (2017). A Gravity Model Integrating High-Speed Rail and Seismic-Hazard Mitigation through Land-Use Planning: Applications to California Development. Habitat International, 62, 51-61.
  • Na Chen and Gulsah Akar (2016). How do Socio-Demographics and Built Environment affect Individual Accessibility based on Activity Space? Evidence from Greater Cleveland, Ohio. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 10 (1), 477-503.
  • Na Chen and Gulsah Akar (2016). Effects of Neighborhood Types & Socio-Demographics on Activity Space. Journal of Transport Geography, 54, 112-121.
  • Chih-Hao Wang and Na Chen (2015). A GIS-Based Spatial Statistical Approach to Modeling Job Accessibility by Transportation Mode: Case Study of Columbus, Ohio. Journal of Transport Geography, 45, 1-11.
  • Gulsah Akar, Na Chen and Steve Gordon (2014). Influence of neighborhood types on trip distances: Spatial error models for Central Ohio. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 10 (3), 284-293.

Presentations & Lectures

Paper Presentations

  • N. Chen, C-H Wang and G. Akar* (01-2017). A Geographically Weighted Regression Approach to Investigate The Spatial Variations In Activity Space. 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, D.C..
  • N. Chen* and G. Akar (10-2015). How do Socio-Demographics and Built Environment affect Individual Accessibility based on Activity Space? Evidence from Greater Cleveland, Ohio. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 55th Annual Conference, Houston, TX.
  • C-H Wang* and N. Chen (10-2015). A Gravity Modeling Approach to Intergrade High-Speed Rail and Seismic Hazard Mitigation for Future Land-Use Allocation in California. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 55th Annual Conference, Houston, TX.
  • N. Chen* and G. Akar (01-2015). Effects of Built Environment on Activity Spaces as Transportation Equity Indicator: A Case Study of Greater Cleveland, Ohio. 94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, D.C..
  • N. Chen* and G. Akar (10-2014). Transportation Equity Analysis Using Individual Accessibility and Activity Space. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 54th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • W. Zhang*, S. Gebremariam, J. F. Martin, E. G. Irwin and N. Chen (07-2014). A Coupled Spatial Economic-Hydrological Model of Cropland Transitions and Environmental Impacts. Annual Meeting of the Applied and Agricultural Economic Association, Minneapolis, MN.
  • C-H Wang and N. Chen* (04-2014). Spatial Spillover of Public Transit on Job Accessibility: A Spatial Statistical Model for Transportation Equity in Columbus, Ohio. Association of American Geographers (AAG) 2014 Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL.
  • S. Y. Gebremariam, J. F. Martin, C. Demarchi, E. G. Irwin, W. Zhang, N. Chen and S. A. Ludsin (06-2013). Evaluation of the Impact of Best Management Practices on Reactive Dissolved Phosphorus Loading Entering Lake Erie: A Modeling Approach. o 13th Annual American Ecological Engineering Society Meeting, East Lansing, MI.
  • G. Akar*, S. Gordon, N. Chen, Y. Chen and Y. Zhang (11-2012). Linking Land Use and Transportation in Ohio. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 52nd Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

Poster Presentations

  • Y. Chen*, C-H Wang, J-M Guldmann, A. L. Liu and N. Chen (01-2017). Investigating Climate-change-induced Vulnerability of the Northern California Natural Gas Energy System and Identifying Resilience Options California Climate Change Symposium: Science to Safeguard California, Sacramento, CA.
  • N. Chen, C-H Wang* and G. Akar (11-2016). A Geographically Weighted Regression Approach to Investigate The Spatial Variations In Activity Space Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 56th Annual Conference, Portland, OR.
  • N. Chen*, G. Akar and S. Gordon (01-2016). Where Do You Live and What Do You Drive: Effects of Land Use and Built Environment on Vehicle Type Choice 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, D.C..
  • N. Chen* and G. Akar (01-2016). How do Socio-Demographics and Built Environment affect Individual Accessibility based on Activity Space? Evidence from Greater Cleveland, Ohio 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, D.C..
  • G. Akar*, N. Chen and S. Gordon (01-2013). Influence of Neighborhood Types on Trip Distances, A Case Study of Central Ohio 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, D.C..

Honors & Awards

  • Conference Travel Award, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) at The Ohio State University, 2015.
  • Student travel award for conference presentation , Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), 2014.
  • Jerrold R. Voss Scholarship for outstanding dissertation proposal, Knowlton School of Architecture, City and Regional Planning Program, The Ohio State University, 2014.
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society, 2011.
  • Arch R. Winter Scholarship for excellence in community planning, Auburn University, 2010.
  • Outstanding International Graduate Student for academic excellence, Auburn University, 2009 to 2011.
  • Pi Alpha Alpha, The National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, 2010.
  • Scholarships for outstanding student, Sun Yat-Sen University, 2005 to 2007.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 04/01/2017 to 08/10/2017, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA.

Patents And Inventions

  • Patent Number: T2014-056. SWAT Watershed Model Codes. S. Y. Gebremariam, E. G. Irwin, W. Zhang, S. A. Ludsin, N. Chen and J. F. Martin. (Co-Inventor).

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to GIS
    Introduction to GIS
    Level: Both