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I am a Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science. My research interests include environmental health, human mobility, access to healthcare, neighborhood  effects, sustainable travel and cities, and application of GIS methods in geographic research. I am interested in understanding how social differences (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, and religion) shape urban residents' everyday experiences and perceptions/use of the built environment. I have received over $24 million grants as PI or Co-PI from sources including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. I has served as Editor of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers for 12 years. 


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.SoSci. Geography, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Honors & Awards

I have received many prestigious honors and awards, including the Distinguished Scholarship Honors (2011), the Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography (2018), and the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award (2016) from the American Association of Geographers (AAG), the Alan Hay Award in Transport Geography (2017) from the Transport Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (U.K.), the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Research Award (2005), the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS) (2017), the Edward L. Ullman Award from the AAG Transportation Geography Specialty Group (2005), and the Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award (2016) from the AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group. I was recognized in 2009 as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2016 I was named a Guggenheim fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

I have published 37 edited or co-edited volumes (including two encyclopedias, five books and 30 journal special issues) and over 185 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. I have delivered over 200 keynote addresses and invited lectures in 18 countries. I have served as an advisory panelist or reviewer of grant proposals for 14 U.S. National Science Foundation programs, U.S. National Institutes of Health, European Research Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Australian Research Council, Austrian Science Fund, Research Foundation of Flanders, Royal Geographical Society (U.K.), Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and Swiss National Science Foundation.


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Research Output 1994 2019

Mental Health
mental health

A study on the spatial distribution of the renewable energy industries in China and their driving factors

Wang, Q., Kwan, M-P., Fan, J., Zhou, K. & Wang, Y. F., Aug 2019, In : Renewable Energy. 139, p. 161-175 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Spatial distribution
Solar energy
Wind power

Evaluating the "2+26" regional strategy for air quality improvement during two air pollution alerts in Beijing: Variations in PM2.5 concentrations, source apportionment, and the relative contribution of local emission and regional transport

Chen, Z., Chen, D., Wen, W., Zhuang, Y., Kwan, M-P., Chen, B., Zhao, B., Yang, L., Gao, B., Li, R. & Xu, B., May 23 2019, In : Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 19, 10, p. 6879-6891 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
air quality
atmospheric pollution
source apportionment

Identifying asphalt pavement distress using UAV LiDAR point cloud data and random forest classification

Li, Z., Cheng, C., Kwan, M-P., Tong, X. & Tian, S., Jan 2019, In : ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 8, 1, 39.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Asphalt pavements
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)