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Sustainable Urbanization Lab


Environmental Sustainability

Place-Based Policies and Self-Sustaining Urban Growth


Economics of New Cities

Global Study on Subway Network and Urban Vibrancy

Explores comparatively the impact of rail transit investment in the amenity mix, real estate prices, and other urban vibrancy aspects of surrounding areas. This research takes advantage of the higher availability of urban big data and open data platforms to dialogue with practitioners and real-world problems in a cross-context perspective. We analyze data from Beijing (China), São Paulo (Brazil), New York (US), Santiago (Chile), and Madrid (Spain).

High Speed Rail, Global Air Travel and Connected-Cities

  • China’s high-speed rail

  • The Role of Transportation Speed in Facilitating High Skilled Teamwork Across Cities

  • Global Air Travel and Venture Capital



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China's Urbanization, Digital Technology and Innovation Market



China's Growth: Political Economy, Business and Urbanization

Digital Cities Research

Economic Geography of Entrepreneurship

Digital Innovation and Transformation in Real Estate Industry

MIT-Tsinghua Future City Innovation Connector




Siqi Zheng

Faculty Director and PI

Zhengzhen Tan

Executive Director

Jianghao Wang

Research Scientist

Juan Palacios

Post-doctoral Researcher

Adriano Borges Costa

Post-doctoral Researcher

Yichun Fan

Graduate Researcher

Binzhe Wang

Graduate Researcher

Colleen Chiu-Shee

Graduate Researcher

Dongxiao Niu

Visiting Student

Tabea Sonneschein

Visiting Student

Weizeng Sun

Research Fellow and Affiliate

Guochen Zhai

Innovation Fellow

Lindsey Goodwin

Nicolas Jeanrenaud

Program Assistant

Graduate Researcher

Open Position

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