I am a postdoctoral researcher in the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility (3RFM) program of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis.
I define myself as a social equity and urban sustainability researcher focusing on sustainable mobility of disadvantaged communities. Data-driven technologies and smart infrastructure have the potential to contribute to the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of our communities and improve the lives of citizens. However, they can also exacerbate rather than ameliorate the widening social divide, economic inequalities, and unequal access to services and opportunities. This potential increase in socio-economic inequalities can manifest even more during man-made or natural hazards and disruptions. To advance our understanding of the potential impacts of these mobility technologies on sustainable development efforts, my research delves into different dimensions of sustainable mobility with an emphasis on emerging mobility options, information and communication technologies, and the implications of COVID-19 on individuals’ travel outcomes and subjective well-being.
I have been closely involved in multiple research projects related to the sustainability data dashboards, the impacts of smart city investments and information and communication technologies on travel behavior, the effects of COVID-19 on activity-travel behavior, and age-friendly community development. I continuously collaborate with scholars from various fields, such as Civil Engineering, Social Work, Geography, Construction Management, Environmental Science, and Psychology, on the built environment, transportation equity, and physical/mental health topics.