Mega infrastructure projects, such as High-Speed Rail (HSR), have experienced rapid development in many countries in the world. But how could planners and decision-makers better understand the regional impact of the gigantic system to make rational decision-making for future investment and development remains a challenge. In this presentation, I will discuss the regional impacts of HSR using China as an example. The assessment covers a range of issues, such as land use, real estate, tourism, modal competition, regional economy, and the environment. The objective is to provide lessons learned for transportation planners and decision-makers in India with a holistic perspective to understand the benefits of HSR investment on regional development.
About the Speaker
Dr. Zhenhua Chen is an assistant professor in City and Regional Planning at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at the Ohio State University. He was also a visiting fellow of the Asian Development Bank. His research interest includes infrastructure planning and policy, risk, and resilience assessment of transportation infrastructure. He has published five books, over 60 academic publications, including some published in leading journals, such as Transportation Research Part A, Part D, Transport Reviews, Journal of Transport Geography, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Environment Research Letters, Risk Analysis, Land Use Policy, Annals of Regional Science, Papers in Regional Science, Computer Environment and Urban Systems, and Economic Systems Research. He has received several awards, such as the Best Dissertation Award of the Regional Science Association International and William Miernyk Research Excellence Medal. His research was funded by various agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Ford Motor Company, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Before joining OSU, Zhenhua worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the National Center of Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University.