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Tianren Yang

Tianren Yang

Tianren Yang

St John's College

Research Area: Applied Urban Modelling


Tianren Yang is a Research Associate-elect at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge. He is interested in developing advanced urban analytics and modelling to provide an all-round understanding of how cities evolve, particularly in relation to technology, policy and human behaviour. His current research explores integrated policy perspectives to measure and predict how to maximise economic, environmental and social benefits through the spatial coordination of various urban developments (e.g. housing, jobs and transport).

As a chartered urban planner, Tianren consults widely for industry in real estate and city development, endeavouring to apply research insights to practical decision-making. So far, he has taken part in the development of computer models for several city-regions in the UK (Greater London and Cambridge), the USA (Chicago Metropolitan Area) and China (Greater Shanghai and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei). He currently serves as a part-time research fellow in the China Intelligent Urbanization Co-Creation Centre, the UK Ambassador at the Association for European Transport, and a co-convenor of the Applied Urban Modelling Symposia.

(Collaborators from different disciplines but with the same interests in urban studies are extremely welcomed.)


Key Publications

Yang, T. (in press). Understanding commuting patterns and changes: Counterfactual analysis in a planning-support framework. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. DOI: 10.1177/2399808320924433.

Pan, H., Yang, T.*, Jin, Y., Dall’Erba, S., & Hewings, G. (in press) Understanding Heterogeneous Spatial Production Externalities as a Missing Link between Land Use Planning and Urban Economic Futures. Regional Studies. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2019.1701186.

Hu, L., Yang, J., Yang, T., Tu, Y., & Zhu, J. (2020). Urban spatial structure and travel in ChinaJournal of Planning Literature, 35(1), 6-24.

Yang, T., Jin, Y., Yan, L., & Pei, P. (2019) Aspirations and Realities of Polycentric Development: Insights from Multi-source Data into the Emerging Urban Form of ShanghaiEnvironment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 46(7), 1264-1280. 

Yang, T., Pan, H., Hewings, G., & Jin, Y. (2019). Understanding urban sub-centers with heterogeneity in agglomeration economies—Where do emerging commercial establishments locate?. Cities, 86, 25-36.

Yang, T. and Wu, Z. (2017) Mapping the Research Trends in U.S. Planning Schools from 2000 to 2014. Urban Planning Forum, 2017(4), 10-19. (in Chinese)

Yang, T. and Zhang, X. (2016) Benchmarking the Building Energy Consumption and Solar Energy Trade-offs of Residential Neighborhoods on Chongming Eco-Island, China. Applied Energy, 180, 792-799.

Lim, L., Yang, T., Vialard, A., Feng, C., and Peponis, J. (2015) Urban morphology and syntactic structure: a discussion of the relationship of block size to street integration in some settlements in the Provence. The Journal of Space Syntax, 6(1), 142-169.