Qing Shen

Qing Shen

Professor, Urban Design & Planning

Qing Shen is Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair and Director of the University of Washington Graduate School’s Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design and Planning. He holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from University of California, Berkeley. Professor Shen’s primary areas of interest are urban economics and metropolitan transportation planning and policy. Author of numerous scholarly publications, he has developed methodological frameworks for analyzing urban spatial structure, examined the social and environmental consequences of automobile-oriented metropolitan development, and investigated the differential impacts of information and communication technologies (ICT) on various population groups. A primary focus of his current research is on the opportunities and challenges created by mobile ICT-enabled new mobility services. Exploring the paths toward more efficient, equitable, and environmentally responsible urban transportation, he is working with colleagues and graduate students to conduct innovative research on travel behavior and its connections with shared mobility services, built environments, and transportation demand management policies.

Professor Shen’s scholarly work has gained wide recognitions, which include a Horwood Critique Prize given by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), an Emerging Scholar Paper Award in spatial analysis and modeling specialty given by the Association of American Geographers (AAG), a Chester Rapkin Award given by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), and a Best Paper Award by the World Society for Transportation and Land Use Research (WSTLUR). A highly active member of the academic community, he has served on the editorial boards of seven academic journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association (since 2000; Associate Editor since 2020) and the Journal of Planning Education and Research (since 2006).

Professor Shen was educated in China (Zhejiang University) and Canada (University of British Columbia) before coming to the United States. He started his academic career at MIT as an assistant professor in 1993 and was promoted to associate professor in 1999. That was followed by his tenured faculty appointment in 2000 at the University of Maryland, College Park where he also served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He joined the University of Washington as Professor and Department Chair in 2009. In addition, he has served as a visiting professor at several leading universities in China. In 2005, he was appointed by the President of Nanjing University as the first holder of Siyuan Chair Professorship, an endowed visiting position. In 2009, he was appointed as a visiting Tongji Chair Professor at Tongji University. In 2014, he was appointed by the President of Southwest Jiaotong University as the Oversea Dean of the School of Architecture and Design, a visiting advisory position. He was a primary founder and former Chairman of the International Association for China Planning (IACP).



Cai, M., Shen, Q., Wang, Y., Brown, M., Ban, X., & Ashour, L. A. (2024). Examining commute mode choice of essential workers before and during the COVID-19 pandemic – A case study of the University of Washington. Case Studies on Transport Policy, 15, 101129-. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cstp.2023.101129 View Publication


Wang, Y., & Shen, Q. (2023). An economic analysis of incorporating new shared mobility into public transportation provision. Transport Policy, 141, 263–273. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2023.07.025 View Publication

Cai, M., Acolin, A., Moudon, A. V., & Shen, Q. (2023). Developing a multi-criteria prioritization tool to catalyze TOD on publicly owned land areas. Cities, 143, 104606-. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2023.104606 View Publication

Pan, H., Gao, Y., Shen, Q., Moudon, A. V., Tuo, J., & Habib, K. N. (2023). Does high-speed rail mitigate peak vacation car traffic to tourist city? Evidence from China. Transport Policy, 143, 93–105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2023.09.011 View Publication

Sun, F., Whittington, J., Ning, S., Proksch, G., Shen, Q., & Dermisi, S. (2023). Economic resilience during COVID-19: the case of food retail businesses in Seattle, Washington. Frontiers in Built Environment, 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fbuil.2023.1212244 View Publication


Wang, Yiyuan; Shen, Qing. (2022). A Latent Class Analysis to Understand Riders’ Adoption of On-demand Mobility Services as a Complement to Transit. Transportation. View Publication

Shi, Xiao; Richards, Mary; Moudon, Anne Vernez; Lee, Brian H. Y.; Shen, Qing; & Ban, Xuegang. (2022). Changes in Perceived Work-from-Home Productivity during the Pandemic: Findings from Two Waves of a Covid-19 Mobility Survey. Findings. View Publication

Wang, Yiyuan; Shen, Qing; Abu Ashour, Lamis; Dannenberg, Andrew L. (2022). Ensuring Equitable Transportation For The Disadvantaged: Paratransit Usage By Persons With Disabilities During The Covid-19 Pandemic. Transportation Research Part A: Policy & Practice, 159, 84 - 95. View Publication

Wang, Yiyuan; Moudon, Anne Vernez; Shen, Qing. (2022). How Does Ride-hailing Influence Individual Mode Choice? An Examination Using Longitudinal Trip Data From The Seattle Region. Transportation Research Record, 2676(3), 621 - 633. View Publication

Ashour, Lamis Abu; Shen, Qing. (2022). Incorporating Ride-sourcing Services into Paratransit for People with Disabilities: Opportunities and Barriers. Transport Policy, 126, 355–363. View Publication


Shen, Qing; Wang, Yiyuan; Gifford, Casey. (2021). Exploring Partnership Between Transit Agency And Shared Mobility Company: An Incentive Program For App-based Carpooling. Transportation, 48(5), 2585 - 2603. View Publication

Abu Ashour, Lamis; Dannenberg, Andrew L.; Shen, Qing; Fang, Xun; Wang, Yiyuan. (2021). Paratransit Services For People With Disabilities In The Seattle Region During The Covid-19 Pandemic: Lessons For Recovery Planning. Journal Of Transport & Health, 22. View Publication


Guan, Jinping; Zhang, Kai; Shen, Qing; He, Ying. (2020). Dynamic Modal Accessibility Gap: Measurement And Application Using Travel Routes Data. Transportation Research: Part D, 81. View Publication

Shi, Xiao; Moudon, Anne Vernez; Lee, Brian H. Y.; Shen, Qing; Ban, Xuegang (Jeff). (2020). Factors Influencing Teleworking Productivity – a Natural Experiment during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Findings. View Publication

Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China. Edited by Chia Lin Chen et al., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020. View Publication


Zhang, Jinlei; Chen, Feng; Shen, Qing. (2019). Cluster-based Lstm Network For Short-term Passenger Flow Forecasting In Urban Rail Transit. Ieee Access, 7, 147653 - 147671. View Publication

Chen, Peng; Hu, Songhua; Shen, Qing; Lin, Hangfei; Xie, Chi. (2019). Estimating Traffic Volume For Local Streets With Imbalanced Data. Transportation Research Record, 2673(3), 598 - 610. View Publication

Chen, Peng; Shen, Qing. (2019). Identifying High-risk Built Environments For Severe Bicycling Injuries. Journal Of Safety Research, 68, 1 - 7. View Publication


Chen, Peng; Shen, Qing; Childress, Suzanne. (2018). A Gps Data-based Analysis Of Built Environment Influences On Bicyclist Route Preferences. International Journal Of Sustainable Transportation, 12(3), 218 - 231. View Publication

Hu, Hong; Xu, Jiangang; Shen, Qing; Shi, Fei; Chen, Yangjin. (2018). Travel Mode Choices In Small Cities Of China: A Case Study Of Changting. Transportation Research: Part D, 59, 361 - 374. View Publication


Shen, Qing; Xu, Simin; Lin, Jiang. (2017). Effects of Bus Transit-oriented Development (BTOD) on Single-family Property Value in Seattle Metropolitan Area. Urban Studies, 55(13). View Publication

Pan, Haixiao; Li, Jing; Shen, Qing; Shi, Cheng. (2017). What Determines Rail Transit Passenger Volume? Implications For Transit Oriented Development Planning. Transportation Research: Part D, 57, 52 - 63. View Publication


Chen, Peng; Shen, Qing. (2016). Built Environment Effects On Cyclist Injury Severity In Automobile-involved Bicycle Crashes. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 86, 239 - 246. View Publication

Yang, Liya; Shen, Qing; Li, Zhibin. (2016). Comparing Travel Mode And Trip Chain Choices Between Holidays And Weekdays. Transportation Research Part A: Policy & Practice, 91, 273 - 285. View Publication

Shen, Qing; Chen, Peng; Pan, Haixiao. (2016). Factors Affecting Car Ownership And Mode Choice In Rail Transit-supported Suburbs Of A Large Chinese City. Transportation Research Part A: Policy & Practice, 94, 31 - 44. View Publication


Hong, Jinhyun; Shen, Qing; Zhang, Lei. (2014). How Do Built-environment Factors Affect Travel Behavior? A Spatial Analysis At Different Geographic Scales. Transportation, 41(3), 419 - 440. View Publication

Wang, X.; Liu, C.; Kostyniuk, L.; Shen, Q.; Bao, S. (2014). The Influence Of Street Environments On Fuel Efficiency: Insights From Naturalistic Driving. International Journal Of Environmental Science And Technology, 11(8), 2291 - 2306. View Publication


Zhao, Zhan; Zhao, Jinhua; Shen, Qing. (2013). Has Transportation Demand Of Shanghai, China, Passed Its Peak Growth? Transportation Research Record, 2394, 85 - 92. View Publication

Hong, Jinhyun; Shen, Qing. (2013). Residential Density And Transportation Emissions: Examining The Connection By Addressing Spatial Autocorrelation And Self-selection. Transportation Research Part D-transport And Environment, 22, 75 - 79. View Publication

Pan, H., Shen, Q., & Zhao, T. (2013). Travel and Car Ownership of Residents near New Suburban Metro Stations in Shanghai, China. Transportation Research Record, 2394(1), 63–69. View Publication


Levine, J., Grengs, J., Shen, Q., & Shen, Q. (2012). Does Accessibility Require Density or Speed?. Journal of the American Planning Association, 78(2), 157–172. View Publication

Zhang, Lei; Hong, Jinhyun; Nasri, Arefeh; Shen, Qing. (2012). How Built Environment Affects Travel Behavior: A Comparative Analysis of the Connections between Land Use and Vehicle Miles Traveled in US Cities. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 5(3). View Publication

Yang, Jiawen; Shen, Qing; Shen, Jinzhen; He, Canfei. (2012). Transport Impacts Of Clustered Development In Beijing: Compact Development Versus Overconcentration. Urban Studies, 49(6), 1315 - 1331. View Publication


Liu, Chao; Shen, Qing. (2011). An Empirical Analysis Of The Influence Of Urban Form On Household Travel And Energy Consumption. Computers, Environment & Urban Systems, 35(5), 347 - 357. View Publication

Rowe, Daniel H.; Bae, C. -h. Christine; Shen, Qing. (2011). Evaluating The Impact Of Transit Service On Parking Demand And Requirements. Transportation Research Record, 2245, 56 - 62. View Publication

Pan, H., Shen, Q., & Liu, C. (2011).. Transit-Oriented Development at the Urban Periphery: Insights from a Case Study in Shanghai, China. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2245(1), 95–102. View Publication


Rowe, Daniel H.; Bae, Chang-hee Christine; Shen, Qing. (2010). Assessing Multifamily Residential Parking Demand And Transit Service. Ite Journal-institute Of Transportation Engineers, 80(12), 20 - 24. View Publication

Grengs, Joe; Levine, Jonathan; Shen, Qing; Shen, Qingyun. (2010). Intermetropolitan Comparison Of Transportation Accessibility: Sorting Out Mobility And Proximity In San Francisco And Washington, Dc. Journal Of Planning Education And Research, 29(4), 427 - 443. View Publication

Pan, Haixiao; Shen, Qing; Xue, Song. (2010). Intermodal Transfer Between Bicycles And Rail Transit In Shanghai, China. Transportation Research Record, 2144, 181 - 188. View Publication

Zhen, Feng; Shen, Qing; Jian, Boxiu; Zheng, Jun. (2010). Regional Governance, Local Fragmentation, And Administrative Division Adjustment: Spatial Integration In Changzhou. China Review-an Interdisciplinary Journal On Greater China, 10(1), 95 - 128. View Publication